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by Ellyn Fortino
7:08pm
Thu Jan 23

Foster Pushes Bill To Protect The Legal Rights Of Immigrant Detainees

    U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL,11) says immigrants who are detained in the United States should receive a basic overview of their legal rights when they arrive in custody.

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1:55pm
Tue Dec 3, 2013

Op-Ed: Why I'm Participating In The Fast For Families Immigration Reform Action

The following op-ed was written by Laura Garza *SEIU Local 1 Secretary Treasurer and Vice President about today's national day of action for immigration reform, which centers around a 24-hour fast.

Three weeks have passed since three long-time immigration activists, Eliseo Medina, Dae Joong Yoon, and Cristian Avila, pitched a tent outside of the Washington Mall to begin their Fast for Families calling the nation’s attention to the moral crisis caused by our broken immigration system. Today marks a national day of action where thousands in Chicago and across the country are joining them in solidarity—including me. Fasting is a small act of sacrifice in light of the immense economic and social harms suffered by exploited immigrant workers and torn apart families.

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:12pm
Tue Nov 19, 2013

Immigrant Rights Activists Temporarily Stall Deportation Bus At Broadview Detention Center (VIDEO)

About 50 activists rallied outside the Broadview Detention Center Tuesday afternoon and temporarily stopped a bus filled with undocumented immigrants set to be deported.

For about an hour, 12 organizers with Undocumented Illinois formed a human chain by linking arms inside tubes made of PVC pipes in front of the bus and others joined arms around the vehicle's two front tires.

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:46pm
Fri Nov 15, 2013

Gutierrez Says Immigration Reform Is Not Dead, Urges Activists To Keep Pressure On House GOP

On a conference call with reporters Friday, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL,4) urged youths, like the two teens who approached House Speaker John Boehner at a diner this week to discuss immigration reform, and supporters of the movement to keep the heat on Republican leaders about passing a bill that would fix the nation's broken immigration system.

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by Nathan Greenhalgh
12:32pm
Fri Nov 15, 2013

Duckworth Says Broad Support For Immigration Reform May Circumvent Republican Opposition

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth said she “has some optimism” that Congress can pass immigration reform despite House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH,8) announcing on Wednesday that House Republicans will not conference the recent Senate bill.

In a town hall meeting via teleconference Thursday evening, Duckworth told Progress Illinois that the amount of the support for the issue may overcome congressional Republican resistance to comprehensive immigration reform, although she conceded that it will not be easy to accomplish.

“It is not just Democrats who want this, I have spoken with chambers of commerce and businesses that want to see comprehensive immigration reform,” Duckworth said. “Where we are now won’t work. I think we have an opportunity before the next election, but it’s going to be a tough road.”

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