CHICAGO (FOX Chicago News) –
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he wants to make Chicago the most immigrant-friendly city in America.
The mayor announced a new ordinance Tuesday to protect undocumented immigrants not convicted of a serious crime and have no warrants out against them.
The ordinance says Chicagoans who are illegal immigrants will only be detained if they’re wanted on a warrant by local or federal authorities or if they’ve been convicted of a serious crime.
For decades, city agencies haven’t been allowed to ask the immigration status of people who want services; police also haven’t been allowed to question victims or witnesses about legal status.
The ordinance spells out the rules for authorities and provides police training. An Office of New Americans spokesman said the ordinance closes a loophole.
Officials said they’ll continue cooperating with federal authorities, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in catching violent criminals who may be illegal immigrants.
He and Rep. Luis Gutierrez held a press conference at a Little Village high school Tuesday.
Gutierrez has been one of the most outspoken voices for immigration reform.
The ordinance will be introduced to the City Council in the near future.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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