ICE Enforcement Actions Anticipated

June 21, 2019
Press Release

ICE Enforcement Actions Anticipated

According to the President, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) plans to conduct immigration enforcement operations around the country. The operation is expected to target families and young adults who entered the United States as unaccompanied children.

I am proud to represent the 9th Congressional District of Illinois, a district that is home to an extremely diverse group of people, and a region with a long and rich history of immigrant communities. I fully support and welcome all of my constituents, and I want to do everything in my power to prevent our community residents from deportation and family separation.

Yet, in preparation for the possible enforcement operation by ICE, I just wanted to share some local resources and tips for families and communities to defend their rights.

Know Your Rights:

Click this link to review your rights and know how to handle any situations that arise - https://www.icirr.org/community-resources

If you need support:

24-Hour Emergency Support: Call the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Family Support Hotline at 1-855-HELP-MY-FAMILY (1-855-435-7693). The hotline is available 24 hours a day in English, Spanish, Korean and Polish. Volunteers provide legal and social services referrals and basic legal rights information.

Immigration legal representation: National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and the City of Chicago Legal Protection Fund - Chicago residents are eligible for free legal services from NIJC through the City of Chicago Legal Protection Fund. Immigrants outside Chicago also can obtain low-cost legal consultations and representation from NIJC. Call (312) 660-1370 or email nijcild@heartlandalliance.org to make an appointment.

If you are a U.S. citizen and witness an ICE enforcement action:

  • Help document the action and hold ICE accountable If it is safe to do so, record the action with your phone and contact the Family Support Hotline or local community advocates to let them know what happened.
  • Inquire with your local police department about their role in ICE enforcement operations.