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by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Nov 16, 2012

Illinois Immigrant Detention Center Makes List Of Top 10 Worst Facilities

Tri-County Detention Center in Ullin, Illinois is one of the 10 worst immigrant detention centers in the country, according to a report issued yesterday by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).

The report, which claims U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lack oversight of the nation’s detention facilities, sites a 350-mile distance from Chicago and a depleted communication infrastructure, including broken phones and expensive calling cards, as causes to consider Tri-County an unacceptable place for housing immigrants.

Because of “ICE’s failure to hold the facility accountable and the ongoing human rights and due process violations” the report, part of the National Immigrant and Justice Center’s “Expose and Close” campaign, recommends that Tri-County be closed.

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by Nathan Greenhalgh
Mon Nov 12, 2012

Latino, Immigrant Voter Registration Drive Pays Off As Turnout Fuels Immigration Reform Efforts

In a true display of people power, President Barack Obama’s heavy support from Latino and immigrant voters on November 6 is already prompting bipartisan action on immigration reform.

On Sunday, both parties called for immigration reform. In the U.S. Senate, where Republicans filibustered the federal DREAM Act into defeat, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York) announced that they are working on an immigration reform bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The same day House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) urged Obama to take the lead on immigration reform. Just before the election, President Obama said he was confident immigration reform would pass Congress in 2013, predicting that Republicans will switch previous votes against immigration reform after seeing the consequences of alienating the voter demographic.

PI Original
by Bob Skolnik
Fri Nov 2, 2012

Getting To Know Eric Reyes, 17th Congressional District Write-In Candidate

Eric Reyes, a 33 year-old attorney from Rock Island, is running as an independent write-in candidate for Congress in the northwest Illinois 17th Congressional District. Reyes, who first planned to run as a Democrat, says he is tired of partisanship. But he knows that his effort is quixotic because the 17th District race between Republican incumbent Bobby Schilling and Democratic challenger Cheri Bustos is a high-profile race with national implications. We talk to the candidiate about the overall race and his platform.

PI Original
by Aricka Flowers
Thu Nov 1, 2012

Early Voting Outlook Good For Obama, Sandy Causes Firestorm For Romney Campaign

Early voting numbers and poll results are not the only troublesome issues plaguing the Romney campaign this week. From Superstorm Sandy to endorsements to a controversial campaign ad, there are quite a few things that are dogging the Republican's campaign this week, just days before the election.