U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during a targeted raid last week. | Courtesy Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews
According to a Feb. 13 report in the Daily Herald, 33 people were arrested during raids conducted this month by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). More than half of those arrests occurred in the suburbs, including one arrest that took place in Melrose Park.
“In all, one woman and 47 men were arrested in the Chicago area, authorities said Monday,” the Daily Herald reports.
The arrest in Melrose Park comes after the village’s Board of Trustees had contemplated passing a ‘Welcoming Village’ ordinance, which would limit the amount of information that local law enforcement authorities can share with ICE and other federal agencies about immigrants.
A regular board meeting scheduled for Feb. 13, where village officials were going to discuss, and possibly vote on, the ordinance, was cancelled earlier this month.
A spokesman for Mayor Ronald Serpico said that the cancellation was related to the mayor’s health issues and the fact that he is currently out of town.
Oak Park recently approved a ‘Sanctuary Village’ ordinance of its own and the same day that Melrose Park was scheduled to discuss its ordinance, Forest Park held a preliminary meeting on possibly passing a welcoming ordinance.
According to a Feb. 13 statement released by ICE officials, the federal raids were made in several cities across the country, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York City.
ICE officials arrested more than 680 people across the country “who pose a threat to public safety, border security or the integrity of our nation’s immigration system. Of those arrested, approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges.”