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Obama promises action on immigration reform

President Obama is expected to order sweeping changes in the enforcement of immigration policy in the coming days or weeks, possibly lifting the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. “It will be big, and it will affect millions,” said U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez on MSNBC Monday. But given the range of options reportedly […]

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New report highlights programs to assist undocumented population in Midwest

A new report released Sept. 23 by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA) and the American Immigration Council highlights a number of local, state and nonprofit efforts in the Midwest designed to assist undocumented populations despite federal inaction. The report, entitled, “Reimagining the Midwest: Immigration Initiatives and the Capacity of Local Leadership” was developed […]

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Resident calls on president to take action on immigration reform

It seems as though there is nothing happening on immigration and yet immigration is all over the news lately. The president reviewing deportation procedures; the president not reviewing deportation procedures; influential large organizations asking the president to NOT stop deportations; Cantor losing and Graham winning and everyone analyzing what this means for the chances of […]

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Film review: Award-winning, undocumented journalist shares his story

“Documented” chronicles the personal journey of Pulitzer-Prize award-winning  journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas as he comes to terms with his immigration status in a very public way- first in a New York Times Magazine article in 2011 and now, in this film. It’s a story that resonates with millions of undocumented Americans today, who […]

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Congress struggles with immigration reform, deportations reach record highs

*Updated on March 24 *The Gate isn’t using the last names of the family in this story to protect their confidentiality. When Karla first heard that undocumented students like her could apply for a work permit regardless of their immigration status, she was ecstatic. Karla is a junior at Juarez high school. She belongs to […]

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You’ve been approved for DACA. Now what?

Recent figures by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services indicate that 552,918 individuals have been approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as of August 2013. However, experts say there has been limited information regarding how can DACA recipients use the permit once it’s granted to them. On Wednesday Sept. 25, the Mexican […]