The Chicago group Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) launched a campaign Monday pushing for reforms to policing practices in the city that impact immigrant communities.
"The city of Chicago must address its responsibility when it comes to its role in putting immigrants in the path to deportation," OCAD organizer Rosi Carrasco said in a statement. "As long as Latino communities are over policed, immigrants cannot feel fully welcomed in Chicago."
Immigrant advocates launched their campaign in light of a recent Chicago Tribune investigative report, which showed that police in the city are conducting roadside sobriety checks more often in majority-minority police districts than in those with mostly white residents.
"Eighty-four percent of all DUI checkpoints are placed in African-American and Latino neighborhoods, despite that statistics show that driving under the influence happens at similar rates across race and predominantly white neighborhoods," said OCAD member Martin Unzueta. "By targeting Latino neighborhoods, (the Chicago Police Department) is not only being prejudiced, it's also engaging in anti-immigrant behavior and abetting deportations."
OCAD, a Chicago community group led by undocumented immigrants, is planning to hold a community meeting on June 11 to discuss "the effect that police targeting tactics have on immigrant communities, what changes must occur, and how we can begin to work to bring about these necessary changes," according to the group. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. at Universidad Popular, 2801 S. Hamlin Ave.
Check back with Progress Illinois for our coverage of today's news conference during which OCAD announced its new campaign.