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Progress Illinois
June 9, 2015

Immigration Activists Push Back Against 'Racist' Chicago Police DUI Checkpoints
By Aaron Cynic

According to a memo published in November by the Department of Homeland Security, a DUI is considered a "significant misdemeanor" and is classified as the second highest priority for "apprehension and removal." A week-long operation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in March resulted in 2,000 arrests of "criminal immigrants." Nearly half of those picked up had been convicted of misdemeanors, many of which were DUI's. In many of the cases, the individuals had already fulfilled their sentences. An independent study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse showed ICE deported more than 62,000 immigrants for DUI's in 2012 and 2013.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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