Detention of Dozens at Chicago Day Labor Corner Prompts Citywide Response

As immigration raids continue to escalate under the Trump administration and target Chicagoans’ workplaces, immigrants pledge to expose ICE misconduct and make ‘every corner a Sanctuary’

The Rally and a press conference exposing the continued pattern of racial profiling and violation of civil and constitutional rights in recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting of day laborer workplaces, orchestrated by Chicago ICE Director Ricardo Wong was held yesterday. Community members shared  information on how people can organize to protect themselves from ICE.

The rally was held at 47th Street and Western Blvd (between Advance Auto Parts and the BP gas station), the site of a Saturday raid where dozens of workers were detained.

Immigrant families and community residents, including the families of day laborers targeted by the recent ICE raid were there. In addition, members of the Latino Union of Chicago, PASO, Organized Communities Against Deportations also attended.

On Saturday, ICE agents detained between 20 and 40 day laborers and community residents at the hiring site, where dozens of workers gather to connect with employers each week.

Evidence gathered by community members shows that the operation was part of a string of dozens of raids targeting immigrants’ homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces.

Community members will rally to call out ICE’s tactics and support the right of day laborers and all community members to seek work without fear of being racially profiled.

“Our communities need sanctuary, not surveillance,” said Latino Union Executive Director Analía Rodríguez. “We will hold ICE accountable for terrorizing our communities. We will continue organizing until all day labor corners, all neighborhoods and all members of our community are safe from the abusive, lawless actions of ICE agents.”

Anyone who is targeted by ICE or whose loved ones have been detained is encouraged to call 1-855-HELP-MY-FAMILY.

One of the organizations involved in answering the raid-related calls, Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), states, “We must remember that we have tools to fight back. We come from a long history of resistance against the harm inflicted in our communities by deportations, ICE and all other law enforcement agencies. We will continue to stay vigilant. We will continue to organize and fight back. We will continue to resist the targeting and separation of our communities,” said Reyna Wences, Organizer at OCAD.

Visuals: Day laborers with tools and work clothes; signs showing what number community members should call if they see an immigration raid occurring; and dozens of community members from Latino Union, Organized Communities Against Deportations, PASO and other community organizations

The Latino Union of Chicago collaborates with low-income immigrant workers to develop the tools necessary to collectively improve social and economic conditions.

PASO – West Suburban Action Project (Proyecto de Acción de los Suburbios del Oeste) is a community-based social justice organization that works to engage community members to address issues that affect them, their families, and neighbors with the mission to build stronger communities where all residents can live dignified lives regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic or immigration status.

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is an undocumented-led group that organizes against deportations, detention, criminalization, and incarceration, of Black, brown, and immigrant communities in Chicago and surrounding areas. Follow us at @OCAD_CHI