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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed May 1, 2013

Workers, Immigrant Rights Advocates Prepare For May Day Rally In Chicago (VIDEO)

Immigrant rights advocates, workers and other activists will march and rally in the city today in support of workers' rights and comprehensive immigration reform that provides a fair pathway to citizenship and stops deportations until a new law is passed.

Members of SEIU* Local 1 and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) prepared for the May Day event yesterday by making signs and hashing out final details for the rallies. 

"Having immigration reform is going to help a lot of families fix their status and come out of the shadows and stop living in fear," said Graciela Vergara, chair of the SEIU Central Region Latino Caucus, at the sign making event. "A lot of our people in our community live in fear, because they’re not here legally ... and we know that a lot of companies, a lot of employers have been doing E-Verify. A lot of families have been affected."

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by Progress Illinois
Fri Apr 26, 2013

Op-Ed: Make Workplaces Safer With Immigration Reform

The following was written by Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor.

One positive side effect of Congress passing comprehensive immigration reform would be an increase in workplace safety and a reduction in the staggering number of fatalities, injuries and illnesses suffered by workers on the job in the United States.

The debate over the most sweeping reform to our nation’s immigration system provides added significance as we honor Workers Memorial Day on April 28, remembering those who were killed, injured or became seriously ill because of their job.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Apr 25, 2013

Labor To Stand In Solidarity With Immigration Reform Advocates On May Day (VIDEO)

Chicago community, faith and labor allies said they stand in solidarity with immigrant rights advocates and will make a push for comprehensive immigration reform at the upcoming May Day workers' march and celebration in the city.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Apr 18, 2013

Pilsen Residents, Environmental Activists Discuss Climate Change's Impact On Migration

Northern Mexico is in the grips of one of the worst droughts in its history. Acres upon acres of crops have been wiped out so far, and more than two million people are without reliable water.

Extreme weather events like what’s happening in northern Mexico will likely become the norm in years to come as a result of climate change, leading to an influx of “climate refugees” forced to leave their homes due to unlivable conditions, said Jerry Mead-Lucero of the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization.

“The conditions we’re seeing now are the future,” Mead-Lucero said at Wednesday night’s climate change and migration discussion at Casa Michoacán in Pilsen.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Apr 11, 2013

New Report Explores The Political Impact Of Immigration Reform In Key States

As Congress works toward the final stages of an immigration reform plan, a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress explores how immigration and the growing Latino population could impact the future political landscape in key states.

Immigration issues among Latino voters were crucial in swinging the 2012 presidential election.

And the rapid growth and voting power of the Latino population also ensured key swing states such as Florida, Colorado and Nevada voted for the current Democratic president, according to the brief.

Key states such as Arizona and North Carolina are also reaching demographic tipping points that could shift the states reliably blue, said Philip Wolgin, senior policy analyst for immigration at the Center for American Progress.

“These are states that are becoming swing states in a way that I think nobody really envisioned would have happened in the past,” he said.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Tue Apr 9, 2013

Robin Kelly Headed To Congress After Winning Illinois' 2nd Congressional District Race (VIDEO)

Former State Rep. Robin Kelly, 56, of Matteson will be the next congressional representative for Illinois’ 2nd District, fulfilling a long-standing tradition of Democratic delegates for Chicago’s South Side and southern suburbs.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Mon Apr 8, 2013

Hundreds Protest Potential Immigrant Detention Center In Joliet (VIDEO)

Hundreds of protesters took the streets of Joliet Saturday to voice their opposition to a for-profit immigrant detention center in their town.