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Immigrant organization founder spoke about misconception of undocumented citizens

Immigrant organization founder spoke about misconception of undocumented citizens

Veronica Schoonover, Contributing Writer

November 18, 2019

Define American, a nonprofit media organization, seeks to use storytelling to shift the conversation on immigration and citizenship. Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of the organization, appeared to speak at DePaul’s third annual President’s Lecture Series on his life and experience as an undocument...

Yale student fights against his mom’s possible deportation

Yale student fights against his mom’s possible deportation

Associated Press

November 17, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A Yale University graduate student is constantly watching his phone as he waits for news on his mother, who is detained and could be deported to Honduras, a country where he says she won’t get the medical treatment she needs as a survivor of stage-four cancer. Cristian Padilla...

Split Supreme Court appears ready to allow Trump to end DACA

Split Supreme Court appears ready to allow Trump to end DACA

Mark Sherman, Associated Press

November 12, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharply at odds with liberal justices, the Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to abolish protections that permit 660,000 immigrants to work in the U.S., free from the threat of deportation. That outcome would "destroy lives,"...

Chicago to spend $2.7 million for 2020 census

Chicago to spend $2.7 million for 2020 census

Associated Press

October 2, 2019

Chicago will spend $2.7 million to make sure more residents are included in the 2020 census. It's an effort that Mayor Lori Lightfoot says is driven in large part to combat fear that the Trump administration's immigration raids created. At a news conference on Tuesday, Lightfoot announced what...

Illinois governor signs law to protect immigrant renters

Illinois governor signs law to protect immigrant renters

Associated Press

August 21, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a law aimed at creating protections for immigrants who rent in Illinois. The law prohibits landlords from evicting or retaliating against tenants based on their immigration status. Landlords are also barred from disclosing or threatening to disclose immigration status...

Chicago mayor says police won’t assist ICE in migrant sweep

Chicago mayor says police won’t assist ICE in migrant sweep

Associated Press

June 21, 2019

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city's police department will not participate in an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement roundup of migrant families who have been ordered out the country. ICE agents have been directed by President Donald Trump to conduct pre-dawn raids in major U.S. cities...

States chart own path on protecting immigrants

States chart own path on protecting immigrants

Richie Requena, Contributing Writer

May 20, 2019

While President Trump has made a hard-line immigration stance a central focus of his presidency — from threatening to shut the U.S. border with Mexico, to cutting aid to Central American countries to his 2016 campaign comments that Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs, bringing crime” into the c...

Trump plan would shift immigration focus to ‘merit’

Trump plan would shift immigration focus to ‘merit’

Zeke Miller, Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin, Associated Press

May 17, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors younger, "totally brilliant," high-skilled workers he says...

Trump ‘strongly looking’ at releasing migrants in Dem cities

Trump ‘strongly looking’ at releasing migrants in Dem cities

Jill Colvin and Colleen Long, Associated Press

April 13, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he is strongly considering releasing "Illegal Immigrants" into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border— just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast...

Homeland Security secretary resigns, shake-up in department speeds ahead

Homeland Security secretary resigns, shake-up in department speeds ahead

Colleen Long and Jill Colvin, Associated Press

April 8, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and White House allies pushing for a harder line on immigration sped their campaign Monday to clean house at the Department of Homeland Security, pushing ahead with a mission far wider than the departure of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. L. Francis Cissna, the...

21 Savage arrest fuels further criticism of ICE

21 Savage arrest fuels further criticism of ICE

Richard Requena & Erick Zepeda, Contributing Writers

February 11, 2019

Sheyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, better known as 21 Savage, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Super Bowl Sunday. The believed Atlanta born rapper is actually from the United Kingdom, coming to the U.S. with his family when he was 7 years old. “Mr. Abraham-Joseph entered the US l...

Caged children are still a reality in the U.S.

Caged children are still a reality in the U.S.

Marin Scott, Nation & World Editor

September 24, 2018

Despite the Trump Administration reducing the coverage of the detention of thousands of immigrant children, there is still so much to learn about what they endured while in custody. Just this month, ProPublica Illinois was able to attain records of the 99 children separated from their families and...

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