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Ahead of ICE raids, Chicago adds extra protections for city’s immigrant population

Federal agents are barred from entering city buildings without a criminal warrant

Declaration of Immigration mural in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.
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The Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids forecasted—and then delayed—by President Donald Trump could begin this weekend in Chicago and other major U.S. cities. Starting as early as Sunday, the action could potentially lead to the mass deportation of thousands of undocumented immigrants, according to reports.

On Friday afternoon, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a statement reaffirming her earlier orders to local authorities to not cooperate with federal immigration agents and to permanently restrict ICE access to Chicago Police Department databases. Lightfoot announced a package of executive actions to provide extra protection and resources for the city’s immigrant and refugee communities.

The latest measure prevents ICE agents from entering city-owned facilities such as Chicago schools, libraries, Park District buildings, and senior centers without a verified criminal warrant. The executive order also includes an additional $250,000 for Chicago’s Legal Protection Fund which provides “Know Your Rights” training courses for individuals threatened with deportation.

“Chicago has long been a champion for the rights of our immigrant and refugee communities, and today, we’re standing shoulder to shoulder with our fellow neighbors to ensure all residents of the city are supported, regardless of their legal status,” said Lightfoot in a statement. “With one clear voice, we are saying that hate has no place here, and we will never tolerate ICE tearing apart Chicago’s families and communities.”