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by Ellyn Fortino
2:22pm
Tue Aug 9, 2016

Chicago Immigrant Advocates Denounce ICE 'Raid' Of Day Laborers

Chicago immigrant advocates say ICE agents "raided" a hiring site for local day laborers Friday, and they are demanding an official investigation into the enforcement operation. For its part, ICE said its law enforcement operation was "targeting specific gang members in Chicago."

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by Ellyn Fortino
3:08pm
Thu Feb 4, 2016

Advocates: U.S. Immigration Authorities Must Reverse Decision To Deport DACA Recipient

An undocumented 32-year-old mother of three living in Valparaiso, Indiana who was deported to Mexico earlier this week will soon return to the United States after immigration officials reversed their decision to deport her, immigrant advocates said Thursday.

Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez's case is far from settled, however, as she is expected to face deportation proceedings when she returns to the United States.

"Thankfully for Lesly she can reunite with her family, even though she could face a long court battle," Cortez-Martinez's attorney Mony Ruiz-Velasco said on a Thursday morning conference call with reporters.

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:16pm
Tue Jan 5, 2016

Illinois Immigrant Advocates Condemn U.S. Deportation Crackdown On Central American Migrants (VIDEO)

Illinois immigrant advocates spoke out Tuesday against a federal deportation crackdown on families who recently entered the United States illegally through the southern border.

This past weekend, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials apprehended 121 undocumented adults and their children living in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina as part of "nationwide enforcement operations to take into custody and return at a greater rate adults who entered this country illegally with children," U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement Monday.

ICE's weekend actions come in response to the wave of Central American migrants, many fleeing violence in their home countries, who started arriving at the southern U.S. border in the spring of 2014.

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by Aaron Cynic
12:12pm
Tue Jun 9, 2015

Immigration Activists Push Back Against 'Racist' Chicago Police DUI Checkpoints

Community activists are calling for accountability from the City and Chicago Police Department for what they say is the disproportionate placement of DUI checkpoints in African-American and Latino neighborhoods.

Last month, a Chicago Tribune investigation showed that 84 percent of all sobriety checkpoints in the city are placed in black and Latino neighborhoods, while predominantly white areas contain fewer of the monitoring stops. From February 2010 to June 2014, the Chicago Police Department scheduled 152 roadside sobriety checks. Of those, 127 were in communities of color, and no police district with a majority African-American or Latino population had fewer than five DUI checkpoints. 

Activists with the group say that the disproportionate amount of checkpoints, particularly in Latino communities, is racially motivated and harms immigrant communities by encouraging deportations.

"By targeting Latino neighborhoods, Chicago police is not only being prejudiced, it's also engaging in anti-immigrant behavior and abetting deportations," said Martin Unzueta, a member of the group Organized Communities Against Deportations, at a Monday press conference on the fourth floor of City Hall. 

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