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by Ellyn Fortino
5:16pm
Tue Jan 5, 2016

Illinois Immigrant Advocates Condemn U.S. Deportation Crackdown On Central American Migrants (VIDEO)

Illinois immigrant advocates spoke out Tuesday against a federal deportation crackdown on families who recently entered the United States illegally through the southern border.

This past weekend, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials apprehended 121 undocumented adults and their children living in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina as part of "nationwide enforcement operations to take into custody and return at a greater rate adults who entered this country illegally with children," U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement Monday.

ICE's weekend actions come in response to the wave of Central American migrants, many fleeing violence in their home countries, who started arriving at the southern U.S. border in the spring of 2014.

Quick Hit
by Op-Ed
6:37pm
Fri Nov 20, 2015

Op-Ed: Chicago Activist Details Ongoing Disappointment With Nation's Inaction On Immigrant Rights

The following is by Rosi Carrasco, an undocumented mother of two and migrant rights organizer with Organized Communities Against Deportations in Chicago, IL.

As we reach November 20th, I remember that night one year ago when immigrant families packed into a room together to watch the President announce executive action on immigration. He had already signaled that he'd be responding to the unprecedented community pressure against the record deportations that had surpassed two million at that point. He had publicly committed to reform inhumane policy and finally it looked like the delays would end.

Among us were friends who've called the U.S. home for 20 years but who haven't had children, others with kids born here and others without. There were already people who had doubts about what would happen, who had already had to fight their own removal or young people who didn't meet the criteria that would've made them eligible for the deferred action of 2012.

My family and I weren't in that category, but that's where we ended up by the end of the night. We arrived in the U.S. in the Spring of 1994, a history like many families, we came when our kids still small. We've lived, worked, and built lives here. Distant from where we came from, part of the labor of building a new life is learning to carry those we love close in our hearts even if they're physically so far away.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:13pm
Fri Nov 20, 2015

Advocates Meet With Rauner's Office, Call For Acceptance Of Syrian Refugees

Refugee advocates met with Rauner administration officials Friday, calling on the governor to reverse his position on refugee policy.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:21pm
Wed Nov 18, 2015

Chicago City Council Roundup: 'Sanctuary City' Resolution, Privatization Safeguards & Drone Regulations

Progress Illinois recaps Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting, during which aldermen reaffirmed Chicago's status as a "sanctuary city" and approved new drone regulations and a Privatization Transparency and Accountability Ordinance.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:36pm
Mon Nov 16, 2015

Gutierrez, Ramirez-Rosa Help Immigrants Apply For Citizenship, Gear Up For 2016 Election

Two Chicago-area elected officials are working to help legal immigrants in Illinois apply for citizenship ahead of next year's general election.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL,4) and Chicago Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) hosted a daylong workshop in the city Monday, during which immigrants could get assistance with citizenship and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications. 

Gutierrez -- who has spearheaded other citizenship workshops this year and a cross-country tour educating the immigrant community about President Barack Obama's pending executive actions on immigration -- said Monday's event was part of a nationwide effort by immigrant advocates "to help hundreds of thousands of people become American citizens."

"And they'll be ready for the next election," he said.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
10:58pm
Wed Nov 11, 2015

Illinois Advocates Launch Campaign For State Legislation To Help Undocumented Students

Student and immigrant advocates are stepping up efforts to pass state legislation aimed at improving college access and affordability for undocumented Illinoisans.

Supporters of the "Student Access Bill" packed a conference room at the University of Illinois at Chicago Wednesday afternoon to launch their advocacy campaign for the legislation.

The measure would let undocumented Illinois students who meet certain requirements compete for state-funded financial aid and scholarship opportunities at public, four-year universities.

Currently, undocumented immigrants in Illinois are ineligible for public university scholarships, grants, waivers and other forms of financial assistance. They also cannot obtain federal student aid.

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