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by Ellyn Fortino
4:48pm
Wed Dec 3, 2014

Immigrant Advocacy Groups Prep Community For Executive Actions, Warn About Scammers

Now that President Barack Obama has signed executive orders on immigration reform, advocates are working to educate those in the immigrant community about the options available to them and potential immigration scams.

"We're really trying to inform the community that nothing can be filed right now, and they shouldn't listen to any unscrupulous individuals that are saying that they can file applications for them at this point," said Rocio Alcantar, supervising attorney with the Heartland Alliance's Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:11pm
Mon Dec 1, 2014

Business, Evangelical Groups Join Forces To Support EPA Clean Power Plan

Groups representing businesses and evangelicals teamed up Monday to announce their strong support for the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to curb carbon pollution from existing U.S. power plants.

Public comments on the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which was proposed in June and looks to slash carbon emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, are due Monday.

Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2, a national, nonpartisan business group advocating for "sound environmental policies that grow the economy," and the Evangelical Environmental Network, which describes itself on its website as a "ministry dedicated to the care of God's creation," each delivered comments to the EPA on Monday in favor of the Clean Power Plan.

"Our two groups represent very different sectors of America," E2's Executive Director Bob Keefe said on a conference call with reporters. "It shows, I think, the really broad support for the Clean Power Plan."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:39pm
Mon Nov 24, 2014

Lame Duck Congress Faces Tight Budget Deadline To Avert Government Shutdown

Federal lawmakers are up against a December 11 deadline to pass spending legislation to avert a government shutdown. Progress Illinois previews what's ahead for Congress in the remaining days of the lame duck session, including a possible budget showdown over President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
3:44pm
Mon Nov 24, 2014

Durbin On Immigration Reform Executive Orders: 'History Is Being Made' (VIDEO)

Immigration reform supporters gathered for a viewing party of President Barack Obama's executive order speech on Friday in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.

"We're not a nation that kicks out strivers and dreamers who want to earn their piece of the American dream," Obama said during his speech at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. "We didn't raise the Statute of Liberty with her back to the world, we did it with her light shining."

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), a staunch proponent of immigration reform and one of about two dozen attendees at the Casa Michoacan viewing party, said "history is being made."

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
3:52pm
Thu Nov 20, 2014

Poll: American Views On Immigration Trend In Positive Direction

Americans today are far less worried about the "threat" posed by large numbers of immigrants and refugees coming into the country than they were two decades ago, according to a new Chicago Council on Global Affairs public opinion survey, which highlights a long-term trend of decreasing public concern over immigration.

For its recent report, the council gauged the public's "threat perception" concerning immigration in both May and October, conducting surveys during and after the national spotlight was on the surge of unaccompanied children from Central American countries crossing the Mexican border into the United States.

Just 39 percent of Americans polled this May said they considered large numbers of immigrants and refugees entering the United States to be a "critical threat," the lowest recorded percentage since 1994, when the Chicago Council on Global Affairs conducted its first survey on the topic. The October poll showed 43 percent of Americans viewed immigration as a critical threat, which is not statistically different than the all-time low in May, according to the council.

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