Alderman condemns anti-immigrant posters offering up to $10K reward

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Alderman Raymond Lopez

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A South Side alderman responded after he said flyers were being passed around South Side neighborhoods urging residents to report undocumented immigrants for a reward of up to $10,000.

Ald. Raymond Lopez, of the 15th Ward said the flyers were being passed around the Englewood and Roseland neighborhoods and offered black residents a reward for reporting people they suspected to be undocumented immigrants to ICE. The flyers said the reward would range from $3,000 to $10,000.

The alderman called the flyers "a shameless effort to turn African-Americans against Latino residents."

He also said the flyers were claiming that Latino immigrants were taking jobs from African-American Chicagoans.

"This flyer is a fraud, and an effort by some nameless entity to divide us and get people to sell their own neighbors, like Judas Iscariot, for a few pieces of silver. We all know how history remembers Judas," Ald. Lopez said in his statement.

According to the alderman's office, the flyer also mentioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions had previously threatened to cut funding from sanctuary cities such as Chicago.