Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García’s Statement on ICE’s Attack on Sanctuary Cities

September 27, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement in response to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s September 26th announcement to single out and attack Chicago and other sanctuary cities.

“Despite President Trump’s unrelenting attack on immigrants and refugees, Chicago and sanctuary cities nationwide will continue to reject the politics of hate and division. We stand strong, united in defense of the vibrant, diverse communities that make our cities thrive.

“We are the nation’s first sanctuary city and we will not be its last. Whatever new tactics ICE or this President attempt, our communities remain steadfast in our resolve to welcome and protect all people – regardless of their race, color, or creed. An attack on one is an attack on us all.

“I applaud Mayor Lightfoot, Governor Pritzker, and other elected leaders in Chicago, Cook County, the state of Illinois and throughout the country for their solidarity with the immigrant community. I also commend the local authorities who refuse to cooperate with efforts to usurp local and state policies that protect our friends and neighbors.

“Together, Chicagoans and our allies will continue to prove to the world that diversity is our strength.”

In the fall of 2011, as Cook County Commissioner, Congressman Chuy García was instrumental in enacting one of the country’s initial detainer ordinances to limit law enforcement from holding individuals in custody to coordinate with ICE. Congressman García continues to support Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance that prohibits city officials from disclosing sensitive information to ICE for immigration enforcement and prohibits denying an individual services based on their immigration status. In Congress he is a coauthor of legislation, the PROTECT Act, to prohibit ICE from contracting with local law enforcement for the purposes of immigration enforcement activity.

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