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Alderman Wants City Agencies Not to Cooperate with Immigration Officials

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A Chicago alderman wants to improve relations between the city and undocumented residents.

So he’s pushing an ordinance that would prevent city employees and agencies from cooperating with federal immigration officials.

That’s currently the city’s policy because of a 15-year-old order from the mayor.

But Ald. Billy Ocasio says that’s not enough.

Ocasio says city employees should not be used to do work for U.S. immigration authorities.

""What they’ve done is most of their legislation has divided up families,"" he says. ""We don’t want to be in the business of dividing up families and separating them from each other.""

Ocasio says immigrants should not have to worry about their citizenship status when trying to access city services.

But an immigration spokesperson says the policy makes it more difficult to apprehend and deport foreign-born criminals, who are a threat to public safety and a burden on the corrections system.
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