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Immigrants, activists stage sit-in at immigration detention center

After a morning of chants with activists holding anti-deportation signs, what started as a peaceful demonstration in front of the Broadview Detention Center ended in the arrest of 11 activists who blocked an intersection near that facility today. The demonstration and blockade was the second event this week organized as part of a national campaign […]

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Reflecting on 75 years of impact

Milestone marks a journey from organizing to service delivery in an immigrant community The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, a community organization that became a model for other neighborhood councils across the country, is celebrating its 75 years of service this year. The organization was first founded out of a vision to empower residents […]

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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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ESL Students from Little Village Release Their Own Book

During one of his ESL classes, Arturo Gonzalez wrote: “When I finally came back to Chicago for good it was the coldest day of the year. I found a job and decided to stop moving from place to place when my wife gave birth to our first child. I said to myself ‘I don’t have […]

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Campaign Seeks to Help Eligible Immigrants Access New Health Care System

New report highlights health care access barriers under Affordable Care Act for immigrants in Illinois A new statewide campaign will help eligible immigrants access the new health care system expected to begin in October. The campaign called the Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP) is a partnership between the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights […]

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Immigrants ‘Come Out’ in National Effort

Local organizations and community groups met at Union Park for the National Coming out of the Shadows march on Sunday, March 10. Nearly 200 people gathered for a press conference before marching to the Federal Plaza. This is the fourth anniversary of the march and rally organized mainly by undocumented immigrants. This year, protesters shared […]

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Experts Say Immigration Reform Has a Thorny Path Ahead

  Latino activists say recent plans on immigration reform may not be unfolding the way they expect. On Thursday,  the Latino Policy Forum and immigration advocacy groups held an informational panel to discuss how the debates on immigration reform could play out in a time when Congress struggles to compromise. Among the panelists was Oscar […]

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The Path Not Taken

New Data: Two-thirds of legal Mexican Immigrants are not U.S. Citizens Nearly two-thirds of the 5.4 million legal immigrants from Mexico are not citizens of the United States, even though they are eligible to naturalize. Their rate of naturalization—-36 percent—-is only half that of legal immigrants from all other countries combined, according to an analysis […]

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Illinois House Committee OKs Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

A bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for temporary drivers licenses is one step closer to landing on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk. The bill, SB 957, passed in the House Transportation Committee today with a 6 to 3 vote, and is now up for a vote in the full House. If passed, the […]

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Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants in Illinois

Latinos played an important role in this year’s elections, advocates say now is the time to pass the driver’s certificate with bipartisan support A coalition of advocates is pushing to introduce a new bill that could give driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in Illinois. The Highway Safety Coalition, a group of labor, faith, law enforcement […]