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by Ashlee Rezin
11:58am
Mon Jun 30, 2014

Immigrant Rights Advocates Hold Mock Trial, Find Obama Guilty Of 'Needless Deportations' (VIDEO)

While immigration reform legislation has stalled in the U.S. House for a year, immigrant rights advocates hosted a mock trial in downtown Chicago Friday morning and found President Barack Obama “guilty” of “needless deportations.”

“My partner Wilson Gomez-Pu has been detained for 10 months on a 13-year-old order of deportation,” Josefa Gonzalez said, with translation services provided by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).

Gomez-Pu, who has not been convicted of any violent crimes, was detained last August, said Gonzalez. He is the primary provider for their two children, ages seven and 11.

“My children and I need him home. These needless deportations are destroying our families, and our communities,” she said.

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by Ellyn Fortino
4:37pm
Wed Jun 25, 2014

Chicago City Council Roundup: Gun Shops, Phone Taxes & SROs

Progress Illinois provides some highlights from Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:26pm
Wed Jun 18, 2014

Most Illinois Congressional Members Get Passing Grades On National Poverty Scorecard

Six Democratic members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation had a perfect voting record in 2013 on legislation important to people living in poverty, according to a new scorecard and report published by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

Meanwhile, no Republican Congressmen from Illinois earned a grade higher than a 'D' on the center's 2013 Poverty Scorecard, which looked at the voting record of every U.S. senator and representative on poverty-related issues during the last calendar year. The scores were tabulated based on 18 votes taken in the House and Senate on legislation covering a variety of subject areas including budget and tax, food and nutrition, health care, immigrants, cash assistance, domestic violence, education and the workforce, to name a few.

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by Ellyn Fortino
4:37pm
Fri Jun 13, 2014

Homeland Security Chief Tours Broadview Detention Center, Talks Deportation With Local Leaders

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson was in Illinois Friday at the request of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to tour the Broadview Immigration Detention Center and discuss federal deportation policies with immigration reform advocates. 

U.S. Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL,4) and Bill Foster (D-IL,11) joined Johnson and Durbin on the morning tour of the detention center, where they talked with individuals awaiting deportation. 

"We spent time one minute talking to somebody who's about to be deported, and then literally two minutes later we walked out to the family visiting area and spoke with his mother who was trying to see him, catch a glimpse of him, just before he was deported," Johnson said regarding his visit to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Broadview. "Those are the kinds of vivid interactions that I think it's good for us in public service, who administer and enforce the law, to have on a routine basis. So that was one of the reasons that I'm sure Senator Durbin wanted me to come here to see Broadview, and I'm glad I did that."

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