Coalition Decries Local ICE Shooting, Federal Threats to Welcoming CitiesMarch 27, 2017
Immigrant coalition leaders stand together to keep ICE out of local police enforcement and protect vulnerable residents
(CHICAGO, IL — March 27, 2017) This morning, a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent reportedly shot a man in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood while serving a warrant at his house. Later in the day, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions restated the Trump Administration’s intentions to strip federal funding from localities that limit their cooperation with ICE, which include Chicago and Cook County. The following is the statement of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:
Today we are calling on our elected officials to hear loud and clear from our vast coalition of community leaders: Keep local law enforcement away from ICE and stand up for your constituents. Communities like Chicago and Cook County have seen the wisdom of limiting police entanglement with immigration enforcement: If immigrants are afraid to come forward to report crimes, the entire community is harmed. At the same time, this morning’s shooting demonstrates only the latest in a series of incidents across the country that show what happens when ICE agents are “unshackled.” The federal administration’s repeated threats to defund local governments that distance themselves from ICE--threats that violate the US Constitution--will continue to be met by a coordinated response by our communities.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit www.icirr.org.