Days after a Saturday morning Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at a popular flea market, immigrant rights advocates are calling for an end to federal operations in their neighborhoods that they say only incite fear – and could make immigrants mistrustful of immigration reform. At 10:30 a.m. on June 29, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation arm, along with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, conducted a raid against vendors suspected of selling pirated CDs at the Swap-O-Rama market in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Thirteen people were arrested on misdemeanor charges of unlawful use of “unidentified sound or video recording,” according to Sophia Ansari, press secretary at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

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