Ald. Lopez Slams Anti-Immigrant Flyers Offering Phony Rewards

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Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) on issued the following statement in response to an anonymous flyer (below) being passed out around the Englewood and Roseland communities offering a bounty of up to $10,000 for persons who report suspected undocumented immigrants to ICE Immigration police:

“This flyer targets low-income African American communities, offering quick cash to African-American residents to turn in neighbors and co-workers who may be undocumented It is a shameless effort to turn African Americans against Latino residents, claiming that Latinos are creating economic disadvantage for African-Americans.

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“The flyer offers outrageous and baseless claims that Latino immigrants are taking jobs away from African-American Chicagoans. Don’t fall for this phony argument. “The flyer claims that you will receive enormous cash rewards for turning people in, with no attribution or ownership of the flyer. Most ironic, the flyer says ‘Help Atty. General Jeff Sessions Help Black People.’ It is well known that Jeff Sessions is a longtime enemy of civil rights and is no friend of African Americans. “This flyer is a fraud, and an effort by some nameless entity to divide us and get people to sell their own neighbors, like Judas Iscariot, for a few pieces of silver. We all know how history remembers Judas.

“Let’s not be deceived or lured into this racist and divisive scheme. In this time of economic hardship and attacks upon our civil liberties, let us not turn on each other, but to each other in pursuit of justice, peace and equality.”

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