CHICAGO – The Chicago Police Department advised officers to restrict cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, particularly in situations involving immigration arrests, according to an internal department memo obtained by Fox News.
Instead of assisting DHS upon request, officers are instructed to wait for their supervisor to arrive, the memo said. Once the supervisor arrives, “if the request is to assist with an immigration arrest or detention, CPD personnel will leave the scene as directed by the CPD supervisor,” according to the memo.
CPD confirmed the memo came from an internal superior but would not say if the directive came from the mayor. Fox News reached out to the mayor’s office, but has not received a response.
Chicago police sources told Fox News that officers have historically assisted federal agents and this new policy puts CPD and DHS agents in potentially dangerous situations.
“See what happens when that happens and a DHS agent is injured because of a lack of response by CPD. Sickening what’s happening here,” a ranking CPD source told Fox News.
“You’ll not find a single real police officer that would refuse to assist another agency,” another law enforcement source told Fox News.
For years, Chicago has been a sanctuary city under former Mayor Rahm Emanuel and current Mayor Lori Lightfoot. But this new directive goes a step further by instructing, in writing, that the city’s police department no longer immediately assists DHS.
Police sources told Fox News in certain scenarios DHS might make requests for CPD protection, manpower or to assist in large raids.
At an immigration rally last week, Lightfoot said Immigration and Customs Enforcement has de-legitimized itself by being the “political arm” of the Trump campaign.
“We will never, ever succumb to the racist, xenophobic rhetoric of ICE,” Lightfoot said. “We will continue to ban ICE from having access to any CPD databases. We’ll not allow any CPD officer to cooperate with anything related to ICE and its immigration raids.”
The Chicago Police Department told Fox News its officers will aid a federal agent in danger. Nevertheless, if they are asked to assist with an actual arrest, they will “advise and leave the scene.”
Finally, law enforcement sources told Fox News the new policy “de-legitimizes” Chicago police because it sends the message that officers will not respond to or pursue suspects in some immigration situations.