Officials Prepare For Possible ICE Raids To Begin As Early As Sunday

Craig Dellimore
July 11, 2019 - 9:28 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- City and state officials, along with advocates, are preparing for possible raids by federal immigration agents to begin in Chicago as early as this weekend.

Mayor Lightfoot warns that the clock on the two-week delay President Trump announced for Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid is running out. So, she said local officials have to be ready and immigrants should know their rights. She said ICE agents will not be getting cooperation from Chicago Police.

"That means 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," she said. "The federal raids have forced our residents to hide in the shadows, live in constant fear, and not go to school or show up for work. I have personally spoken with ICE leadership in Chicago and voiced by strong objection to any raids and the things that are happening that are terrorizing and traumatizing our community."

Governor Pritzker said State Police have similar rules in place.

"I stand with the Mayor and want to make sure that the people of our state, the residents of our state, are protected from these types of intrusions by ICE," he said.

The Trump Administration said those not in the country legally can be swept up in any raids and set for deportation.

On Wednesday, Mayor Lightfoot met with business leaders and immigrant rights advocates who are informing residents of their rights, in case the raids do begin.

The New York Times reports the raids could begin as early as Sunday. The effort comes weeks after President Donald Trump tweeted ICE's plans to conduct the raids, then delayed the operation after additional details became public.

On Wednesday, acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services director Ken Cuccinelli said the ICE raids are "absolutely going to happen" following a delay from the President.

“They’re absolutely going to happen. There’s approximately a million people in this country with removal orders, and of course that isn’t what ICE will go after in this, but that’s the pool of people who have been all the way through the due process chain,” acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) director Ken Cuccinelli said.

The operation is expected to take place in at least 10 major cities.