Thursday, July 13th - Call your Alderman to strengthen the Welcome City Ordinance

Actions you can take today

  • Action #1: Call your Alderman to strengthen the Welcome City Ordinance

  • Action #2: Call your Senator and thank them for speaking out against BCRA

Tools you can use

Action #1: Call your Alderman to strengthen the Welcome City Ordinance

You can find your Alderman's number here. Call to ask them if they are calling to strengthen the ordinance and, if not, let them know you want full protection for all immigrants.

Script: I would like to ask Alderman ____ to eliminate all loopholes and carve-outs in the Welcoming City Ordinance before the City Council right now. Any such loophole can be exploited by city or federal agents and endanger our neighbors here in our Ward. Mayor Washington made Chicago a safe city for immigrants in 1985, and we must see that we fully enforce that legacy now.

Action #2: Call your Senator and thank them for speaking out against BCRA

The revised bill is expected to come out today. Call call call

Senator Durbin

Washington DC: (202) 224-2152

Chicago: (312) 353-4952

Senator Duckworth

Washington DC: (202) 224-2854

Chicago: (312) 886-3506

Script: Hi, my name is _____________ and I'm a constituent of Senator _________. I'm calling to thank the Senator for speaking out against ACA repeal and the awful BCRA. We need the Senator to keep the pressure on and keep fighting for healthcare.

Why Today's Action is Important

Action #1: Call your Alderman to strengthen the Welcome City Ordinance

There are various carve outs that have been put in the Chicago Welcoming City Ordinance that weaken the ordinance and create loopholes through which immigrants could feel unsafe in Chicago. From the Sun-Times Article:

Currently, Chicago Police officers are permitted to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement if targeted individuals are: in the city’s gang database; have pending felony prosecutions or prior felony convictions or if they are the subject of an outstanding criminal warrant.

At a City Hall news conference, immigrant activists joined forces with the Black Youth Project to demand that Emanuel eliminate all of those exceptions.

“The carve-outs … make it so that there [are] immigrants who can be targeted for deportation. Someone who is in the gang database, for example, because a police officer decided that they look like someone who’s in a gang can be targeted for deportation without them having any chance to defend themselves,” said Tania Unzueta, legal and policy director for Mijente, a national Latino organization.

Gubernatorial candidate Alderman Ameya Pawar has weighed in on the issue and will be calling to strengthen the ordinance. Check to see if your Alderman is already on board and, if not, ask the to push to strengthen the ordinance.

Action #2: Call your Senator and thank them for speaking out against BCRA

The revised BCRA is expected to come out today, very possibly moved further to the right to win over the Ted Cruz's of the world. We just don't know, but we do know it will have drastic cuts to Medicaid and and cost millions their healthcare. They will be throwing amendments at this bill to try to grab individual votes, but we wont be fooled.