The reports from around the country is as this afternoon, Sunday July 14, 2109 that ‘wave’ of ICE raids and roundup of people who had not appeared for court dates was just a bit of a ripple…
On a sunny Sunday morning in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, street vendors lined up while residents gathered in restaurants and biked along the streets. While the morning routine went on, rumors of looming immigration raids left the neighborhood tense and the streets much quieter than usual.
Ana Jimenez from Little Village, who was selling jewelry outside St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic Church, said relatively few people attended Mass.
“Usually there are lines of people. On Sundays when there is church there are people everywhere. There’s not even sellers out today and usually there are more,” Jimenez said in Spanish.
Immigration advocates, who had braced for raids this weekend, said all was quiet — for now.
Officials from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights hadn’t gotten any reports of raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement through their hotline or network of community groups as of Sunday mid-morning.
Erin Cobb, president of the Chicago chapter for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said she also has not been made aware of raids. “It doesn’t mean it isn’t happening,” Cobb said. “It could be happening on a smaller scale.”….
New York City officials said Friday night that ICE agents were spotted conducting “enforcement operations” in two neighborhoods but that no arrests were made.
It was unclear whether the agents were conducting routine operations or whether their arrival was part of the larger operation to take families into custody.
An ICE official in New York declined to confirm the reports. “Due to law-enforcement sensitivities and the safety and security of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel, the agency will not offer specific details related to enforcement operations,” the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity….