The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

What Is a “Sanctuary City” Worth?

Aug 20, 2018

On August 1st, 15 police vehicles and 25 cops descended on a mini-mart in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, looking for counterfeit t-shirts, jerseys, hats, and other goods. In the process, ICE snatched up the uninvolved store clerk, a mother of three U.S. citizens who had been in the country for more than 20 years. Now she is scheduled to be deported.

Chicago politicians spoke out about her arrest. Even the mayor said that deporting this woman was wrong.

But in spite of their words, she is still being deported. And it seems like the CPD did not even break Chicago’s “sanctuary city” law. ICE routinely gets involved in counterfeit goods investigations as part of its “custom patrol” actions, working with local forces like the CPD. So ICE was already on the scene to arrest the woman, and CPD didn’t have to get its hands dirty directly.

Chicago is a “sanctuary city”—but what does that mean when the reality is, CPD works with ICE? Politicians like Mayor Emanuel pose as friends of “the Latino community.” Democrats speak out about how different things should be. But in real life—the deportations go on.