Chicago Prepares for Imminent Immigration Raids by Informing Community Members About Their Rights

Letters To Editors

From: Organized Communities Against Deportations

We cannot let ICE’s violence go unchecked. To report a raid, please call the Family Support Network Hotline at 1-855-435-7693.

News have surfaced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to start 2016 with immigration raids targeting Central American families who have deportation orders. In response, Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) will join the following city-wide organizing efforts starting this weekend:

  • Door-Knocking: Saturday January 2 & January 9, we will lead door-knocking efforts in Albany Park, a neighborhood of strong Central American presence where ICE has already been conducting similar raids the last few months, to inform immigrants about their rights and resources they can use in the event of a raid. Both days, we will meet-up at the Centro Autonomo (3460 W. Lawrence) at 11 AM.

  • Press Conference Outside of ICE: Tuesday January 5th, we will join state-wide advocacy and community organizations to denounce the actions and tactics used by immigration enforcement. The press conference starts at 11 AM at the Chicago ICE Field Office (101 W. Congress Pkwy) and will be co-hosted by other organizations such as the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

  • Training & Legal Clinic: Saturday January 16th, we will offer a “Know Your Rights” training where immigrants will learn precautions they can take if a raid occurs. The training will be followed by a legal clinic. Case evaluations by immigration attorneys will be available to attendees. The training and legal clinic will be offered at Centro Autonomo (3460 W. Lawrence) from 11-2 PM.

Amidst ongoing and newly expected raids and deportations, we advise all immigrants to inform themselves about their rights and to exercise precaution. Additionally, we urge immigrants and allies to organize against ICE’s violent tactics.

All events are free and open to the public. Training will be available to volunteers interested in helping with weekend door-knocking efforts

Organized Communities Against Deportations works with immigrant communities to fight harmful immigration enforcement practices and create better living conditions for all immigrants through community organizing, direct action and mobilization. It is part of the Not1More deportation campaign.