More than 400 unaccompanied children who have been caught crossing the Mexican border into the United States are reportedly in Chicago in the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said Thursday.
Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency border request to address the immigration crisis on the U.S. border with Mexico.
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL,4), immigrant families in the state and members of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) called on President Barack Obama Tuesday to take strong administrative action on deportations.
President Barack Obama appealed to Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border, where unaccompanied children have been showing up by the thousands in a human drama that's causing a political storm in Washington and beyond.
Conceding defeat on a top domestic priority, President Barack Obama blamed a Republican "year of obstruction" for the demise of sweeping immigration legislation on Monday and said he would take new steps without Congress to fix as much of the system as he can on his own.
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.”