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Collaborations form to organize immigration workshops

Photo by: Keyandre Jackson Mural by: Martanoemí Noriega (Panamá) Jenny Morales Olaya (Panamá) Delilah D. Salgado (Chicago), Valerie Valdez (Chicago), Gloe (Chicago) In neighborhoods across the city, immigration advocacy groups have been generating information sessions to keep undocumented residents and allies informed about their rights under the law. Beginning late last year, several information sessions […]

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Obama moves on immigration reform despite Republicans’ disapproval

President Obama announced executive action Thursday that will protect up to 5 million immigrants from deportation. Immigrant rights groups praised the action, while regretting it did not go further. They credited grassroots efforts which kept the issue alive through years when Congress refused to act and the administration ramped up deportations, and called for continued […]

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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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Paul Ryan under fire for wavering stance on immigration issues

Despite the heavy downpour, dozens of activists and community members rallied outside the Union League Club in Chicago Thursday to protest U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s recent stands on immigration reform. Organized by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), the protest took place while Ryan held a signing for his new book “The […]

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Families separated by deportation urge President to use executive powers

The families of individuals facing deportation stood alongside Congressman Luis Gutiérrez and immigration reform advocates during a press conference this morning at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights office. Advocates and affected families urged President Obama to take swift action and follow through on an announcement he made Monday June 30 to use […]

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Gutierrez says House inaction on immigration reform calls for a strategy shift

In a less optimistic speech, Congressman Luis Gutierrez said to a group of immigration activists today if House Republicans are not willing to negotiate on immigration reform, President Obama must use his executive power to at least stop deportations. “President Barack Obama should not wait until the end of July…if the Republicans do not want […]

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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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Activists rally on May Day, ask President Obama to stop deportations

Close to a thousand people gathered at the site of the Haymarket Memorial in downtown Chicago to mark the 125th anniversary of May Day. The rain and overcast skies didn’t keep activists from a wide array of community, labor, faith and immigrant rights groups from turning out for the annual march.. This year’s march highlighted […]

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New documentary series puts a human face on the immigration debate

*Baja para leer este artículo en español. “Borderland,” a new Al Jazeera America documentary series where six Americans retrace the paths of three migrants who died while crossing the U.S./Mexican border, is scheduled to premiere on Sunday April 13 at 9p.m. (ET/6p.m. PST) The documentary features a fashion blogger, an immigrant rights activist, a farmer, […]

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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 […]