How Chicago’s New Welcoming City Ordinance Will Protect Immigrants

Alderman Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez representing Chicago’s 33rd Ward speaks about Chicago as a Sanctuary City and it’s new Welcoming City Ordinance, which provides expanded protections to immigrants.

Alderman Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, who co-sponsored Chicago’s new Welcoming City ordinance. Photo courtesy of Nick Burt

Borderless Magazine’s engagement reporter, Diane Bou Khalil, spoke to Alderman Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez about Chicago’s new Welcoming City ordinance, which provides expanded protections to immigrants, on Feb. 5.

“For a very long time in Chicago we’ve been saying that we are a Sanctuary City, but that means that we are a place where immigrants feel safe, where people who do not have documents feel that they can have a home. That they don’t have to be scared of being apprehended by any government institution, but particularly by police,” said Rodriguez-Sanchez, who represents Chicago’s 33rd Ward. “There is a history of collaboration between police and [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] across the United States. In Chicago we have been fighting very hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. There is a Welcoming City ordinance in Chicago that throughout the years has become stronger, but it still had several loopholes that allowed for collaboration between [the Chicago Police Department] and ICE.

Rodriguez-Sanchez said that the newly passed Welcoming City ordinance closed those loopholes. Watch the full interview to learn more:


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