Illinois Immigrant Leaders Call for Citywide Reform to Address “Over-Policed” Immigrant Communities Ahead of Obama’s “Surge” of Raids on Central American Immigrants

May 18, 2016

Illinois Immigrant Leaders Call for Citywide Reform to Address “Over-Policed” Immigrant Communities Ahead of Obama’s “Surge” of Raids on Central American Immigrants

Immigrant Communities Leaders and Multi-Racial Allies Launch Statewide Community Empowerment and Defense Initiative to Protect Communities from Upcoming ICE Raids

 

WHAT:  Press conference and rally with over 80 multi-racial community leaders from throughout Illinois to launch the Community Empowerment and Defense Initiative in response to upcoming raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Organizations from throughout Illinois will provide Know-Your-Rights resources and training in preparation for potential raids through the deployment of 500 “community navigators” throughout 56 organizations across Illinois including the cities of Chicago, Waukegan, Bloomington and others. Chicago groups will launch a campaign targeting Aldermen and the Mayor to strengthen Chicago’s “Welcoming City Ordinance” to ensure that Chicago Police are not interacting with ICE in any way.

WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Plaza de las Americas, 420 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago (between the Wrigley Building and the Realtor Building)

WHO: Central American immigrants and over a 80 leaders from a dozen Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights members and allies throughout the state.

WHY: Last week ICE announced an upcoming “surge” of home raids and other activities targeting children and parents who recently arrived in the US after fleeing violence in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. These countries have among the highest murder rates in the world. In response, ICIRR is launching the Community Empowerment and Defense Initiative, to protecting and strengthen our communities in response to the raids and Chicago Police Department’s ongoing entanglement with ICE.

VISUALS: The event will take place in front of a plaza with flags from throughout Central America. Spanish speaking spokespeople available upon request