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PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Wed Oct 31, 2012

Candidate Policy Platforms Lack Details On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Immigration, specifically the need for a so-called comprehensive immigration reform bill, has become a critical issue in the presidential campaign. It has also become important in deadlocked Illinois congressional races. We take a closer look at some candidate proposals in the presidential race and a key House race in Illinois.

PI Original
by Brandon Campbell
Tue Oct 23, 2012

The Race For Illinois’ 11th Congressional District Tightens In Last Weeks

With just two weeks left until voters cast their ballots, Illinois’ 11th congressional district race has become one of the most competitive in terms of cash and polling numbers showing the two candidates are nearly tied. We take a closer look at the tight race.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
Mon Oct 22, 2012

Local Immigration Workshops Geared Towards Assisting Underserved Arab Community

To help guide Chicago’s immigrant community through a process that can often be regarded as overwhelming and expensive, Arab American Family Services, working in conjunction with other immigrant and refugee organizations, hosted a citizenship workshop Saturday.

Open to anyone who walked through the doors, but geared toward Illinois’ Arab immigrants, the event was held at Stagg High School in Palos Hills, a neighboring community of Bridgeview. Approximately 13 miles southwest of the Chicago Loop, Bridgeview is home to Illinois’ largest Arab-Muslim community and two Islamic schools that collectively educate more than 800 students. Arab Americans make up 7 percent of Bridgeview’s population, according to a 2000 study from the U.S. Census Bureau.

At more than 85,000, Illinois is home to the nation’s seventh largest population of Arab Americans, according to a 2009 study by the Census Bureau.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Oct 18, 2012

Refugee Community Faces Major Barriers When Seeking Disability And Health Services, Report Finds

Refugees with disabilities and chronic health issues are a hidden population in the Chicagoland area, resulting in numerous barriers to proper health care and social services, panelists at an Access Living town hall meeting said Wednesday night.

The town hall served as a safe space for refugees with disabilities to share their challenges since being resettled in Chicago.

It was also the official launch of a collaborative policy brief that highlights the problem and offers more than a dozen solutions crafted by Access Living, Northwestern University’s Institute for Healthcare Studies and other partners.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
Wed Oct 3, 2012

Actually, Romney Would Put An End To The Deferred Action Immigration Program

Upon further review, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is, in fact, basically against President Barack Obama’s deferred action program intended to let some undocumented immigrants avoid deportation.

Romney told the Denver Post Monday that if he won the presidency the candidate would not revoke deportation exemptions already granted by the Obama administration. Romney did not say to the Post if he would continue the program.

However, Romney clarified in comments to the Boston Globe yesterday that he would end deferred action upon taking office in January 2013, if elected.

Whatever the political outcome of Romney’s statements, the policy outcome is clear: Ending deferred action a few months after it started would render the program mostly ineffective.

Quick Hit
by Brandon Campbell
Tue Oct 2, 2012

Watchdog Group Slams Wells Fargo For Ties To Private Prison Industry

The United States prison industry continues to shift towards private ownership of facilities, and the immigrant and minority populations in most prisons now disproportionately outnumber white inmates.

In light of these details, an economic advocacy group is pointing an accusatory finger at Wells Fargo for being a major financier of some of the largest private prison companies in the country.