Immigration Advocates Question Chicago’s ‘Welcoming City’ Status After Police Raid

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A CPD car at Stanley's Market on Elston. Paula Friedrich / WBEZ
CPD Car
A CPD car at Stanley's Market on Elston. Paula Friedrich / WBEZ

Immigration Advocates Question Chicago’s ‘Welcoming City’ Status After Police Raid

Ald. Danny Solis is calling for an investigation of local and federal officials that raided a Pilsen mini-mart and detained an employee who is living in the country illegally.

Community activists say the incident violated the city’s Welcoming City Ordinance that shields residents from being questioned about their immigration status. Authorities said they raided the mini-mart because they suspected it was selling counterfeit clothing.

A Chicago Police spokesperson told Block Club Chicago that they’re “not happy about it and CPD will work with the city law department to explore what options are available to us as a city.”

Erendira Rendon of The Resurrection Project, a community organization in Pilsen, joins the Morning Shift to talk about the police raid and what it says about Chicago’s status as a sanctuary city.

GUEST: Erendira Rendon, vice president of immigration advocacy at The Resurrection Project

LEARN MORE: City’s ‘Welcoming’ Status Questioned After Mother Of 3 Detained By ICE Following Pilsen Mini Mart Raid (Block Club Chicago 8/14/18)

Johnson denies his officers violated welcoming city ordinance (Chicago Sun-Times 8/13/18)

Data: Chicago's history as a sanctuary city (Chicago Tribune 10/13/18)