Cook County calls on Biden Administration to protect immigrants

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other community activists are calling on the Biden Administration to go bold when it comes to fixing the immigration system.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other community activists are calling on the Biden Administration to go bold when it comes to fixing the immigration system. Photo credit Toni Preckwinkle/Twitter

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other community activists are calling on the Biden Administration to go bold when it comes to fixing the immigration system.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, 7th District Commissioner Alma Anaya, and Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia were among the speakers at a virtual news conference in support of the Cook County Board resolution calling for the Biden Administration to act quickly to overturn the immigration policies of former President Donald Trump.

"We passed our sanctuary ordinance that includes protections for all immigrants in Cook County and creates a clear line separating local law enforcement and immigration enforcement," Preckwinkle said.

Fred Tsao, senior policy analyst with the Illinois Center for Immigrant and Refugee rights, believes the Biden Administration's executive orders on immigration are steps in the right direction, but he is calling for a more inclusive immigration policy.

"Reinstating refugee and asylum programs, legalizing all 11 million undocumented immigrants, separating our criminal and immigration systems," he said.

Tsao said immigration activists scored legal victories during the Trump years, and they turned out the vote last November.

"The last four years in particular have been rough for immigrant communities facing a constant barrage of various attacks and slanders from the previous administration," Tsao said.

Fasika Alem, of the United African Organization, said African immigrants were hit hard by several Trump Administration rules.

"For example, the expansion of the Muslim ban or the travel ban, which includes six African countries has separated countless families," she said.

While it is still early, the immigration activists said they like what they have seen from the Biden Administration so far.