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by Ellyn Fortino
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
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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by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Jun 11, 2014

Human Rights Advocates File Complaint Alleging Abuse Of Unaccompanied Migrant Children At U.S. Border

Unaccompanied children migrating to the U.S. are suffering abuse at the hands of U.S. immigration officials, according to a formal complaint filed Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by five civil and human rights organizations that are calling for reform to the agency’s immigrant detention policies.

The complaint was filed on behalf of 116 immigrant children—ages five to 17—who crossed into America alone within the last year. It was addressed to DHS Inspector General John Roth and DHS Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Megan Mack, and calls on the agency to “take significant affirmative steps to address the ongoing, systemic abuse” of unaccompanied migrant children being held in short-term holding facilities.