City Announces Additional Protections, Resources for Immigrant, Refugee Communities

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City Hall announced a package of executive actions to provide additional protections and resources for Chicago’s immigrant and refugee communities in response to the reported targeted deportation raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  To protect and support Chicago’s immigrant communities during this period, the new package of executive actions will:

• Invest an additional $250,000 into Chicago’s Legal Protection Fund, increasing its funding by nearly 20 percent;

• Provide direct guidance and protocols to all City-owned facilities, including libraries, Park District buildings, senior centers and schools;

• Terminate ICE’s access to Chicago Police Department databases related to federal immigration enforcement activities;

• Reaffirm the City’s commitment not to cooperate with or facilitate any ICE effort to target Chicago’s immigrant families.

The City’s investment in the Legal Protection Fund will also increase access to Know Your Rights trainings across Chicago. These trainings help more than 20,000 Chicagoans each year learn the rights they have when threatened with deportation. They are presented in multiple languages, and occur in neighborhoods across the city.

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