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Foster Leads Call to Demand Answers to ICE Arrests

Jun 18, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) has called on U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) to provide more information about its so-called “Operation Keep Safe.” Foster sent a letter to the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement office in Chicago with a list of questions about the specific circumstances of the detentions and arrests last May, including the number of individuals ICE stopped who were not arrested, the nature of each stop, how many of the individuals detained reside legally in the United States, and how many children had one or more parents arrested.

The letter was signed by every Democratic member of the Illinois Delegation, including Senator Richard Durbin, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congressman Danny Davis, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Congressman Daniel Lipinski, Congressman Mike Quigley, Congressman Bobby Rush, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and Congressman Brad Schneider.

“I strongly condemn any attempt to instill fear in our immigrant community,” Foster said. “I am proud to represent a district with vibrant and diverse immigrant communities from around the world. Every day, their contributions make our district and state stronger. No one deserves to be detained without due cause or reason. I sent this letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to demand answers about the nature of this operation. The people of Illinois deserve no less than a complete and detailed response to each of the questions laid out in the letter. I look forward to reviewing the response.” 

In May, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced its officers had arrested 156 immigrants in the Chicago area.

A copy of the letter is available here.