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by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Aug 6, 2014

Activists Call For Restrictions On The Use Of Antibiotics In Factory Farms

Consumer rights advocates and health professionals are calling on the Obama administration to restrict the use of antibiotics on healthy factory farm animals, saying the “overuse and misuse” of antibiotics generates bacteria that are resistant to one or more classes of drugs.

“Bacteria is getting resistant to these antibiotics they’re using at factory farms, and the bacteria is then being passed to our community through the air we breathe, through water, through animal waste and through the food we eat,” said Dev Gowda, of the consumer advocacy group, Illinois PIRG. “President Obama and the FDA need to take action and essentially save antibiotics for future generations.”

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by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Jul 30, 2014

Immigrant Rights Advocates Rally After Meeting With ICE Officials Gets Postponed (VIDEO)

After representatives from the Chicago office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) postponed a meeting with immigrant rights organizations, community activists once again rallied in front of the downtown office Wednesday to demand a halt to deportations.

The community groups, such as the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), planned to meet with Chicago Field Office Director Ricardo Wong Wednesday morning to discuss local detention and deportation policies. The meeting was rescheduled for August 25.

“We’ve been trying to get a meeting since February,” said Lawrence Benito, executive director of ICIRR, adding that the community groups were not given a valid explanation. “We’re scratching our heads over this.”

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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Jul 25, 2014

Foster To DoD: Let DREAMers Serve In Military

As President Barack Obama weighs executive actions on immigration issues, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL,11) is calling on the Department of Defense to allow young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers to serve in the military.

In 2012, Obama set up the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants a two-year protection against deportation for DREAMers, or immigrants who came to the United States as young children prior to June of 2007. The program lets the immigrants work in the country legally, for example, but it does not provide them with a pathway to citizenship or allow them to join the U.S. Armed Forces.

"To qualify for a DACA exemption, applicants must undergo background checks and finish high school," Foster said at a press conference Friday morning in Washington, D.C. "It is simply bad policy to turn away these young men and women while we struggle to find qualified Americans who are able and willing to serve. And it is morally reprehensible to deny these patriotic young men and women the opportunity to serve the country they love."