Immigrant Rights Organizations, Latino, Progressive, and Asian Caucuses Call on City of Chicago to Protect Residents from Deportation

Measures Proposed in Chicago Push Back Against National Attack on Immigrant Communities as Anti-Immigrant and Xenophobic Rhetoric Takes Center Stage

Immigrant rights organizations in Chicago, the Latino Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and the Asian Caucus will hold a press conference today, Monday, July 18, 12:30 – 1 p.m. at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Second Floor, to demand that the City Council pass the amendment to Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance, and make Chicago safer and welcoming for all its residents, regardless of their immigration status.

They noted that in the presidential race, there is a national attack against immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities. The immigrant community also suffered a recent setback with the decision to strike down Obama’s executive action that would have protected millions of immigrant residents from deportation. This is a crisis situation for immigrants all over the U.S. The City of Chicago has an opportunity to stand up against the anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric by strengthening the protection offered to immigrants in Chicago at the upcoming City Council meeting on July 20th.

WHO: Alderman Cardenas, Rosa, Pawar, Waguespack and members of the Latino Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and the Asian American Caucus of Chicago’s City Council; immigrant rights organizations (full list below) and individuals directly impacted by the changes proposed to the ordinance.

WHEN: Monday, July 18, at 12:30PM – 1:00PM

WHERE: City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Second Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60602

**Press conference will be in English with Spanish translation and chance for one on one interviews**

This press conference is organized by: Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Organized Communities Against Deportations, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the National Immigrant Justice Center, Southwest Organizing Project, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos – Immigrant Worker Defense Project, the Latino Policy Forum, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Enlace, the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America, Chicago Community and Workers’ Rights and the Latino Union of Chicago, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Communities United

For more information, contact:
Brandon Lee, 773-271-0899,
Lissette, 312-770-0350,