Mayor of Chicago Permanently Bans ICE From Accessing Police Databases Ahead of Deportation Enforcement

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has vowed to provide absolutely no assistance to Federal Immigration Agents, [ICE Agents] as they begin to conduct routine immigration enforcement across the country.

According to The Epoch Times, The Chicago Mayor said Wednesday, July 10, that the Chicago police department would not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain residents or allow them access to their police database for the upcoming ICE raids.

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Lightfoot said, “they [the Chicago police] will not team up with ICE to detain any resident. We have also cut off ICE from access from any CPD databases and that will remain permanent.”

The Trump Administration announced the ICE raids in June but then halted the order at the request of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border,” the president tweeted. “If not, Deportations start!”

The impending raids are expected to focus on 10 major cities where the Department of Justice has sped up immigration cases for thousands of recent arrivals, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Houston.

Ken Cuccinelli acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director, said during a CBS Interview that ICE is prepared to remove approximately one million illegal aliens with final orders for deportation.

“[ICE agents are] ready to just perform their mission which is to go and find and detain and then deport the approximately one million people who have final removal orders,” he said. “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.”

Raids are targeting about 2,000 illegal immigrants.

When talking to reporters Trump said “I don’t call them raids. I say they came in illegally, and we’re bringing them out legally.”

The Times also noted that the raids will focus on areas that are known as “sanctuary” cities. A sanctuary city is defined by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

“’Sanctuary’ is the practice of shielding aliens in the United States in violation of law from the reach of federal immigration officers. Once the isolated practice of a few church groups permitting a family or two that had crossed the border illegally to shelter in their sanctum, it has morphed into something completely different in recent years.”

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These are cities in the United States that follow certain police procedures that shelter illegal immigrants. [READ MORE]

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