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Hundreds of Illinois Immigrants Protest Statewide Budget Cuts

As the State of Illinois begins a new fiscal year without a state budget and funding for vital community services, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and dozens of other Illinois immigrant services organizations are participating in an area-wide walk-out to show the impact of the state budget impasse on their communities.  Several […]

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Social service organizations shocked by sudden budget cuts

Chants of “we are essential” filled the air as hundreds of nonprofit leaders, advocates and families rallied outside the Thompson Center Wednesday, April 8 against sudden cuts to social service programs by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Good Friday. Local organizations citywide said they were shocked when they received notices late in the afternoon on Good […]

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Immigration advocates discuss implications of executive order

Advocates and leaders gathered at Pilsen’s Casa Michoacan on Friday to discuss the implications of President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Signed into law today, the executive order will provide temporary relief from deportation for the parents of U.S. citizens and residents who have been in the country for at least five years.  The order […]

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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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Chicago activists join national day of action to stop deportations (PHOTOS)

Hundreds of advocates gathered outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field office today urging Congress to halt deportations and expand administrative relief. Chicago immigration activists chanted “Ni uno mas” (“Not one more”), as they joined allies in more than 40 cities across the country as part of a National Day of Action and anti-deportation […]

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Mayor Emanuel, elected officials begin fast in support of immigration reform

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Danny Solis and some other members of the Latino Caucus will begin a 24-hour fast during an evening mass at Pilsen’s St. Pius Parish tonight, Thursday, Dec. 12.  They will break their fast Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. The elected officials join a national campaign known as a Fast for […]

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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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Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses: What does it mean for undocumented immigrants?

  Illinois will soon become the fourth state to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants after the passage of the Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses bill last January. Many local groups are starting to inform those who will be eligible for a drivers license regardless of their immigration status, begining Dec. 2013. On Saturday, October 26, […]

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Thousands march, urge Congress to pass immigration reform (PHOTOS)

Thousands of people marched on the streets of Chicago Saturday asking Congress to find a comprehensive solution to the country’s outdated immigration laws. A combination of labor, immigrant and community groups walked from the city’s near West Side to Daley Plaza. Demonstrators played the drums, chanted and held signs that read “immigration reform now” and […]

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Undocumented mothers urge others to join immigration march this Saturday

A group of undocumented mothers is urging others to participate of an immigration march scheduled Saturday Oct. 12. They gathered Tuesday Oct. 8 at La Casa student housing in Pilsen. According to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, this event is part of a national week of action known as the National Week […]