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by Ashlee Rezin
Tue Feb 5, 2013

Illinois Congressmen Work Together In Bipartisan Effort To Update Visa Program

Illinois lawmakers reintroduced the Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act yesterday, legislation that would waive visas for visitors to the U.S. from countries. We take a look at what updating the law would do for residents in countries like Poland.

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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.

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by Matthew Blake
Wed Oct 31, 2012

Candidate Policy Platforms Lack Details On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Immigration, specifically the need for a so-called comprehensive immigration reform bill, has become a critical issue in the presidential campaign. It has also become important in deadlocked Illinois congressional races. We take a closer look at some candidate proposals in the presidential race and a key House race in Illinois.

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by Matthew Blake
Wed Oct 3, 2012

Actually, Romney Would Put An End To The Deferred Action Immigration Program

Upon further review, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is, in fact, basically against President Barack Obama’s deferred action program intended to let some undocumented immigrants avoid deportation.

Romney told the Denver Post Monday that if he won the presidency the candidate would not revoke deportation exemptions already granted by the Obama administration. Romney did not say to the Post if he would continue the program.

However, Romney clarified in comments to the Boston Globe yesterday that he would end deferred action upon taking office in January 2013, if elected.

Whatever the political outcome of Romney’s statements, the policy outcome is clear: Ending deferred action a few months after it started would render the program mostly ineffective.

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by Matthew Blake
Tue Sep 25, 2012

Deferred Action Immigration Program Gets Started Amid Heated Election Cycle

The Obama administration's deferred action program, which is intended to let undocumented immigrants age 30 and under avoid deportation, is just getting started amid concerns the initiative could abruptly end if Republican nominee Mitt Romney wins the presidency.

Douglas Rivlin, spokesman for U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago), a consistent national voice on immigration policy, acknowledges that program applications have “taken more time per applicant” than initially anticipated. “It takes a while to fill out the application and get all the documents you need,” Rivlin says.

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by Matthew Blake
Wed Aug 15, 2012

Thousands Of 'Dream Relief' Applicants Converge On Navy Pier (VIDEO)

A historic Obama administration executive order kicked in today that would enable 1.4 million undocumented immigrants under the age of 30 to apply for a two-year reprieve from the threat of deportation.

At the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago the initial demand was overwhelming – up to 15,000 people showed up to apply at a “Dream Relief Day” organized by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) advocacy group. The event doubled as informational workshop and political rally for additional changes in national immigration policy.

According to ICIRR spokeswoman Monica Trevino, only 1,500 of the undocumented immigrants who snaked their way around Navy Pier into the ballroom were able to fill out an application. The rest were given a packet on how to apply, information that is also available on DreamRelief.org.

“There were more people than we anticipated,” Trevino says. “It was nice to see that people are really interested.”

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by Matthew Blake
Tue Jul 31, 2012

Gutierrez Confident DHS Is Ready For Deportation Relief Program

The Obama administration issues guidelines tomorrow for a plan that will allow up to 1.4 million undocumented immigrants in America to live in the U.S. without fear of deportation for two years.

When announced by President Barack Obama in June, the policy was hailed as a major breakthrough by immigrant rights advocates. There are questions, though, about implementation and whether the program will lead to further pro-immigrant initiatives.

But U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago), a national leader on immigration issues and a past Obama critic on the topic, spoke confidently today about the implementation, stating that DHS “is going to be ready” August 15, the day the policy kicks off.