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In response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents under the direction of Chicago-based director, Ricardo Wong, profiling and raiding day laborers awaiting work on the corner of Milwaukee and Belmont, organizations are filing for an official investigation and demanding the immediate release and closing of cases for three workers taken in the operation. Read more

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As Immigration Authorities Raid Communities Nationwide, Chicago Says #Not1More
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February 16, 2016 – Chicago, IL

Protestors sitting atop ladders and locked together are currently blocking inbound traffic outside of the Regional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Office located at 101 W. Congress in Chicago, IL as others read a declaration inside the building.

“I am here to say that there needs to be an end to raids and deportations,” explains Francisco Canuto, whose home was raided by ICE in November of last year, while agents were looking for someone else. “Agents entered my home under false pretenses, they fingerprinted me and my roommates, and took me into detention. I spent 13 awful days in a detention center that I don’t wish on anyone.”

Citing ongoing ICE activity in the region, the group led by Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is calling for an end to all raids, not just those that targeted Central American families earlier this year. They point to the agency as part of the largest police force in the country and are joined by leaders from the movement for Black lives who say there is a connection between their efforts.

“Undocumented people in Chicago and nationally are living in fear daily of being taken from their homes and away from their families. We, as Black American community organizers, can relate to that fear,” members of Assata’s Daughters explained in a statement. “Our communities experience that fear when Chicago Police Officers patrol our neighborhoods, stop and frisk us, occupy our schools, and arrest us in mass. Our struggles are distinct but connected. When enforcement is overfunded, that is money that is not being spent on services that actually keep us safe…” (Read the full statement from Assata’s Daughters here)

The civil disobedience puts a spotlight on a history of abuse stemming from the Chicago Field Office run by Director Ricard Wong outlined by a list of grievances that those targeted by immigration enforcement are reading out at the protest including:

  • Violation of civil and human rights and unnecessary use of force and armed weapons during immigration raids;
  • Abuse of power and mistreatment of individuals by deportation officers and other ICE staff without repercussion; and
  • Deportation and detention of individuals who are eligible for relief or discretion and those seeking refuge and asylum in the U.S;
  • Lack of communication and accountability with community members certified to receive information about individuals, legal representatives, and community advocates.

“Chicago spends 40% of its budget on police,” adds Tania Unzueta, Policy Director for the #Not1More Campaign and organizer with OCAD. “At the federal level, government spends more on immigration than all other law enforcement combined. We have to invest in developing and nurturing our communities not deporting and incarcerating them. If these agencies have endless resources, they will find endless ways to target and harm our families. They need to be defunded and dismantled.”

Participants in the action include members of Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), Assata’s Daughters, Black Youth Project (BYP) 100, Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY), Palestinian Youth in Action, Centro Autonomo, People’s Response Team, the Chicago Religious Leadership Network (CRLN), and others.

Read the history and detailed outline of grievances here




FB_IMG_1454341032995Yesterday local organizers in Chicago got word that a mother of 3, Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez, was stopped by Border Patrol at O’Hare airport. She was on her way back from a family trip in Mexico, and was detained even though she had been granted advanced parole as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.

With the help of supporters, elected officials who intervened, and her attorney, we were able to delay Lesly’s deportation and convince the Customs and Border Protection agency to review her case.

However, this morning CBP put Lesly on a plane and deported her to Mexico with her two youngest children, including her 6 month old son whom she was still nursing. Her 11-year old and her husband remain in the country. Read more

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AAs we recognize the anniversary of November 20th, I remember that night one year ago when immigrant families packed into a room together to watch the President announce executive action on immigration. He had already signaled that he’d be responding to the unprecedented community pressure against the record deportations that had surpassed two million at that point. He had publicly committed to reform inhumane policy and finally it looked like the delays would end. Read more

Alternative Title: For Those Who Celebrate the Victory But Condemn the Tactics. It's been nearly four years since President Obama's speech at NCLR was interrupted with chants of "Yes you can!" and just over a year since Ju Hong forced the President to turn around to address his shouts from the bandstand behind him. Since then, the interruptions became common place. Disrupting the President's rhetoric and inserting reality into his publicity events. Read more

From bandstand, protester shouts, "I'm sorry Mr. President but that is a lie..." demand broader relief. Read more