By Nora Younkin
Shop owners in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood say the Trump administration’s executive order on immigration is a burden to their businesses.
New directives coming from the White House and Department of Homeland Security give Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers greater latitude to detain and deport those living in the United States without official documentation. Neighborhoods like Little Village—with high immigrant populations—are disproportionally affected by these policies.
Both documented and undocumented residents are fearful of increased interaction with law enforcement. Business owners in Little Village say the fear is keeping shoppers off the streets and sluggish demand has slowed activity in an area once considered among the busiest shopping corridors in the city.
President Trump is expected to call for new immigration legislation in tonight’s congressional address.