May 17, 2022

Illinois: “Immigration Rights Program Canceled After Arlington Heights Library Officials Receive Threats”

Two Reports Below.

Report from Friday, September 29, 2017

1. From The Arlington Heights Post/Chicago Tribune:

A program at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library intended to inform undocumented residents about their rights was canceled this week after officials received phone threats, including some callers who suggested that ICE agents might be present at the event.

The immigration rights program, titled “Know Your Rights,” was scheduled to include a presentation from the Community Activism Law Alliance at 7 p.m. Monday.

But library officials canceled the program after receiving several threatening phone calls, including one caller who suggested he would request agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to show up and arrest participants at the event, said Mary Hastings, spokeswoman for the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

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FAQ About Program Cancellation and Library Programming Guidelines (via Arlington Heights Memorial Library)


Report from Saturday, September 30, 2017

2. Pro-Immigration Rally Held at Arlington Heights Library That Received Threatening Phone Call (The Arlington Heights Post/Chicago Tribune)

More than 100 people rallied outside the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Saturday morning, after a program to inform undocumented immigrants of their rights was canceled in the wake of threats that immmigration enforcement agents would be present.


Mike Driskell, the library’s acting executive director, said aside from a bit of extra noise, the rally was a peaceful affair, with no disruption to regular services.

“People were able to get in and out of the library with no problem, and we appreciate that,” Driskell said. “As people were walking around outside the building, I heard, ‘Hate has no home here,’ and it was nice to see kids with the same message on their signs. The crowd was supportive of the library.

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