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Immigrant Advocates Say Chicago Officers are Violating Sanctuary City Policy

Chicago has been one of the nation’s many Sanctuary Cities, in which local officers are told not to enforce federal immigration laws. Monday however, in protest of the deportation of undocumented immigrants, 30 area families pr officers have been violating that policy and reporting to federal immigration officials.

A priest from Little Village, a predominantly Hispanic Chicago neighborhood, gave examples of families in the area of who have been affected by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials being alerted when family members are arrested for minor offenses. This practice is in direct violation of sanctuary city policy.

“There is a ordinance of sanctuary in force in the county that bars asking about the immigration status of people in custody or police doing the work of immigration,” the priest, Rev. Jose Landaverde of Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission told EFE.

Chicago officials have said they are considering ended their cooperation with ICE, and advocates of that decision say the city will benefit from the money not spent holding those suspected of being undocumented while they await ICE arrival. It was also pointed out that if the sanctuary city policy is upheld the dozens of lawsuits brought on by violations of the policy would stop, and the money used on the defense against such lawsuits would be put to better.