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by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Aug 16, 2013

Immigration Reformers Deliver Half Cake To Lipinski On DACA's 1st Anniversary: 'The Job Is Only Half Done' (VIDEO)

Deferred deportation for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age began one year ago, on August 15, 2012. But a group of immigration activists say it’s not enough, adding that Congress needs to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

“The job is only half done,” said Ana Padilla, 27, an immigration organizer with Gamaliel of Metro Chicago. “It’s not permanent and there’s still a lot of instability.” Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Aug 12, 2013

Activists Demand Justice For Uninsured Immigrants In Need Of Organ Transplants

Immigrants in need of organ transplants and their allies have occupied the public space in front of Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The occupation began Sunday evening following the Friday death of Sarai Rodriguez, 25, an uninsured and undocumented Chicago immigrant originally from Mexico who was in critical need of a new liver.

Rodriguez’s family and dozens of activists held a remembrance ceremony outside Northwestern Sunday evening and camped out overnight. The occupation will continue through Monday, the group said.

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by Aricka Flowers
Wed Aug 7, 2013

Schock Talks Immigration Reform At Town Hall Meeting (VIDEO)

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL,18) was questioned about his stance on immigration reform during a recent town hall meeting in Heyworth, Illinois and his answers may provide a glimpse of what is to come after the August recess.

When asked if he was in favor of a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the states, the congressman, who said the current system "is broken", seemed open to supporting a comprehensive immigration reform plan that includes such a provision.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Tue Aug 6, 2013

Attempts To Deport Nine DREAMers Gets Spotlight As Grassroots Immigration Reform Efforts Surge On

Nicho Gonzalez said he is confident his undocumented friend Lulu Martinez, who is without a criminal record, will soon be released from the Arizona immigrant detention center at which she has been held since June.

Her “unwarranted” detention, he said, will send the message to all of America’s undocumented immigrants that “it’s time to stand up and let our voices be heard.” Read more »

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Jul 24, 2013

Aldermen Introduce TIF Surplus Ordinance, Wrigley Revamp Gets The OK At Bustling Council Meeting

Progress Illinois recaps some of the highlights from Wednesday's city council meeting.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Jul 17, 2013

Activists Call On Rep. Lipinski To Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

Approximately 50 immigrant rights activists held a prayer vigil outside the Chicago office of U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D, IL-3) Wednesday, hoping to convince the lawmaker to support comprehensive immigration reform.

Lipinski, who was one of only six Democrats in the U.S. House to support a Republican-authored restrictive abortion bill last month, has generally been unclear regarding his position on immigration reform and has not offered his support for legislation that was recently passed in the U.S. Senate.

“Monday, July 15, was Congressman Lipinski’s birthday, and I want to congratulate him because he could celebrate his birthday with his family. Today is my husband’s birthday, and because of the broken immigration system, he is not with his family,” said Carolina Rivera, 40, one of Wednesday’s demonstrators. Read more »

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by Ashlee Rezin
Tue Jul 16, 2013

Racial Justice Event Highlights Need For Solidarity Among U.S. Minority And Immigrant Communities (VIDEO)

Too seldom are cultural and ethnic barriers bridged between Chicago’s black and brown minority and immigrant communities, according to Alie Kabba, an immigrant from Sierra Leone and executive director of the Chicago-based United African Organization (UAO).

Dubbed the Racial Justice Roundtable, UAO hosted its third and final workshop on the effect of racism and racial inequality on immigrant and minority communities over the weekend. The workshop highlighted different forms of racial inequality, including institutional and structural racism, and discussed the need for all communities of color to come together on a unified mission for social justice.

“Too often we work within different silos and we are never really connected,” said Kabba regarding Illinois’ numerous immigrant rights and advocacy organizations. “We want to make sure those of us engaged in the work of social justice are building black-brown alliances and starting to use a racial justice lens in our discourse about public policy issues and their impact on our communities.”

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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Jul 11, 2013

IL Immigration Reform Advocates to U.S. House Leadership: Take Up The Senate Bill

Illinois business leaders and immigrant advocates are putting the heat on U.S. House Republicans after they met for a closed-door meeting on immigration Wednesday and signaled that they would not consider the Senate-passed bill. Instead, House GOP leaders say they plan to take their time piecing together their own approach to immigration reform.