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by Ashlee Rezin
3:44pm
Mon Nov 24, 2014

Durbin On Immigration Reform Executive Orders: 'History Is Being Made' (VIDEO)

Immigration reform supporters gathered for a viewing party of President Barack Obama's executive order speech on Friday in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.

"We're not a nation that kicks out strivers and dreamers who want to earn their piece of the American dream," Obama said during his speech at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. "We didn't raise the Statute of Liberty with her back to the world, we did it with her light shining."

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), a staunch proponent of immigration reform and one of about two dozen attendees at the Casa Michoacan viewing party, said "history is being made."

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by Ellyn Fortino
3:52pm
Thu Nov 20, 2014

Poll: American Views On Immigration Trend In Positive Direction

Americans today are far less worried about the "threat" posed by large numbers of immigrants and refugees coming into the country than they were two decades ago, according to a new Chicago Council on Global Affairs public opinion survey, which highlights a long-term trend of decreasing public concern over immigration.

For its recent report, the council gauged the public's "threat perception" concerning immigration in both May and October, conducting surveys during and after the national spotlight was on the surge of unaccompanied children from Central American countries crossing the Mexican border into the United States.

Just 39 percent of Americans polled this May said they considered large numbers of immigrants and refugees entering the United States to be a "critical threat," the lowest recorded percentage since 1994, when the Chicago Council on Global Affairs conducted its first survey on the topic. The October poll showed 43 percent of Americans viewed immigration as a critical threat, which is not statistically different than the all-time low in May, according to the council.

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by Public News Service
4:18pm
Mon Oct 13, 2014

Report Cites ICE Aggression, Cost Of Delaying Immigration Reform

CHICAGO - Stories from immigrant communities in Illinois and around the nation are featured in a new report uncovering questionable practices by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. 

Tania Unzueta with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network authored the report. She says ICE agents are using more aggressive tactics, and detaining people at court buildings, probation programs, and places where there are policies to limit collaboration between ICE and police.

"ICE is getting people with criminal histories while they're in rehabilitation programs after they've been out of jail for 10 or 15 years, people with minor crimes," says Unzueta. "They look good on paper because they have these criminal records, but it doesn't mean that's actually going to make the community safer."
 

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by Ellyn Fortino
6:29pm
Fri Oct 10, 2014

Election Preview: Foster, Senger Battle For The 11th Congressional District Seat

Progress Illinois previews the 11th congressional district race between incumbent Democrat Bill Foster and Republican challenger State Rep. Darlene Senger.

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