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CHICAGO — Mayoral candidate Gery Chico late Tuesday released a video response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, pledging to enact a ban to keep Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from Chicago city premises.
“An attack on immigrants is an attack on Chicago. I am the grandson of Mexican immigrants. My wife is the daughter of Cuban refugees. I will not tolerate a president who does not respect the communities that make up the fabric of Chicago,” Chico said. “Our families, our city and its values are under attack. The time to act is now.”
Chico is calling for all ICE agents to be forbidden by ordinance from entering our schools, our police stations or our parks – until ICE is reformed and their mission is redefined simply to assist in protecting America from legitimate terrorist threats to our national security.
Chicago has many honest police officers who will continue to keep our city safe and enforce our laws, Chico said. Video Here
Chico will write this into the city code, along with directives that it be enforced across all city grounds. Park and school spaces will be monitored for ICE activity and law enforcement will be dispatched to enforce this ban when necessary. Additionally, as mayor Chico will work with immigrant advocates, such as the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, to hear from the community on additional ways to protect the city.
The ordinance will be repealed once ICE has been repurposed to only pursue true national security threats. Chico stands with all Americans resisting Trump’s lawless presidency and will protect all of Chicago.
“I do not consider immigrants whose only crime is coming to America a threat to our national security,” he said.