A vigil condemning the recent actions of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was held May 24 in Aurora in response to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity in the Fox Valley area, including St. Charles.
The event, hosted by Immigrant Liberation Alliance of Aurora, the nonprofit Immigrant Solidarity DuPage, and Indivisible Aurora, was held at the North Island Center in response to recent ICE raids at Francesca's by the River restaurant in St. Charles, traffic stops in Bolingbrook, numerous sightings and rumored operations in the Fox Valley area, according to a news release.
The city of St. Charles stated in a news release that it was unaware of the ICE activity May 22 in St. Charles.
"We wanted to let you know that the St. Charles Police Department and the city of St. Charles were not advised of any ICE operations yesterday, and our police department did not participate in any activity," the release stated. "Therefore, we have no knowledge of what transpired yesterday. If you have questions or concerns, please contact ICE officials directly."
Later on May 23, the city updated the release with an official statement from ICE.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security," the statement said. "ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. ICE officers are out in the community every day conducting targeted arrests.
"While looking for those specific individuals, ICE officers sometimes encounter others who are also in violation of U.S. immigration laws. However, as ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan has made clear, ICE does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of U.S. immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”
ICE officials declined to comment beyond the release.
A representative of Francesca's by the River confirmed in an email sent May 24 that its St. Charles location was visited by ICE.