Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Blocks ICE Access To Police Database
As word spread of the massive raid aiming to deport over 1 million undocumented illegal residents, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blocked ICE from the Chicago Police Department’s database.
Lightfoot, who just took her seat in office as Chicago Mayor on May 21st, has joined with the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) and other Chicago agency leaders who also object to the planned raids. The Chicago Mayor stated, “They will not team up with ICE to detain any resident. We have also cut off ICE access from any CPD databases and that will remain permanent.” Lightfoot added, “Chicago is and will always be a welcoming city that will never tolerate ICE tearing our families apart.”
Two thousand illegal residents will be targeted this Sunday in ten major cities.
Lightfoot and her team went through neighborhoods, knocking on doors, to provide information to families. The Chicago Mayor spoke to the public on Twitter:
MAYOR LIGHTFOOT ADDRESSES ICE RAIDS: Mayor Lightfoot joins Alderman Vasquez, Alderman Hadden, and community members ahead of the Trump Administration’s potential ICE raids. https://t.co/dWwahy7RMZ— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 13, 2019
On Friday, Mayor Lightfoot added $250,000 to Chicago’s legal defense fund, preparing in advance to assist those risking deportation.
In an interview with CBS News, Ken Cuccinelli, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), explained, “ICE agents are ready to perform their mission which is to go and find and detain and then deport the approximately one million people who have final removal orders. They’ve been all the way through the due process and have final removal orders. Who among those will be targeted for this particular effort or not is really just information kept within ICE.”