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Illinois State Representative honored for passing law which allows nuns to visit detained immigrants

State Representative Daniel J. Burke (D-Chicago) was honored for passing legislation in Springfield allowing nuns and other members of religious communities to visit county prisons statewide to counsel the undocumented. The Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI), an advocacy group founded by two Mercy nuns, bestowed the Political Courage Award on State Representative Burke at […]

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Elvira Arellano leads immigration march urging ICE to stop deportations (PHOTOS)

Immigration reform advocates gathered for a rally in Federal Plaza followed by a march to ICE headquarters in downtown Chicago Thursday afternoon. The event was organized by Familia Latina Unida/Sin Fronteras, an immigrant advocacy organization co-founded by Elvira Arellano.  Arellano, an undocumented Mexican national, became a symbol of the immigration reform movement after taking refuge […]

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Immigration activists demand comprehensive reform at downtown rally (PHOTOS)

Hundreds of immigration activists blocked the intersection of Congress Parkway and Clark Street in an act of civil disobedience in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office today. At around 4 p.m., dozens of activists and students sat shoulder-to shoulder, blocking rush-hour traffic. They urged Congress to pass immigration reform and halt deportations. […]

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Fear and loathing at the border

The U.S. government is deporting immigrants to Mexican cities rife with violence and drug wars. That’s leaving deportees vulnerable to theft, extortion and kidnapping, The Chicago Reporter has found. Reynaldo Hernandez lay on the cold floor of a bus station with his eyes open. The deportee from Illinois was in Matamoros, Mexico, more than 500 […]

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ICE Officials Raid Local Swap-O-Rama

At least 13 vendors were arrested but immigration advocates say there were probably more. Law enforcement officials including immigration agents raided a local flea market Saturday. They arrested at least 13 vendors at Swap-O-Rama, a market located on 41st Street and Ashland Avenue, in Back of the Yards. Those arrested were detained under intellectual property […]

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Local Residents Protest Deportations Outside Detention Center

ICE says those arrested in Back Of The Yards had pending criminal charges Seven undocumented immigrants blocked Beach Street in front of the Broadview Detention Center on Tuesday. A press conference and rally to stop the deportations quickly turned into a demonstration, as the seven put their arms inside of PVC pipe and sat in […]

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Families Urge ICE to Release Immigrants Arrested in Back of the Yards

Families from Back of the Yards are asking for the release of more than a dozen immigrants arrested last week in an alleged ICE operation. During a press conference Monday morning, Fr. Jose Landaverde of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission said that while hundreds marched for immigration reform during the May 1st rally last […]

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A Message from Secretary Napolitano

Final Rule to Support Family Unity During Waiver Process Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced on Jan. 2 the posting of a final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become […]

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Community Demands Release of Undocumented Workers

Advocates and church leaders had been protesting outside the Chicago Loop headquarters of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security since Friday, Nov. 30. The protests came after the arrest of 34 undocumented workers on Thursday, Nov. 29. Protest organizers said the men who were taken from the Chicago Pallet Factory in Elk Grove Village had […]

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NIJC Responds to House Judiciary Hearing on Immigrant Detention Guidelines

In response to today’s hearing, presided over Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), on the new immigration detention guidelines issued last month, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center is calling on President Barack Obama, members of Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to renew their commitment to detention reform that espouses American values of human rights […]