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Department of Justice Under Fire for Attacking Immigrants; ACLU and Chicago Fight Back

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice (DOJ) advances a thinly veiled, bigoted agenda, cities and organizations are fighting back against the Administration’s mass deportation policies. The DOJ is facing scrutiny from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed open records request yesterday with the federal government seeking any communications between state and … Continue reading »

Auschwitz Survivor To ICE: “History is not on your side.”

Americans Stand Up & Speak Up Against Trump’s Terror Campaign As Trump’s Mass Deportation Force and an “unshackled” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol continue their terror campaign across the country – detaining and deporting immigrants with U.S. citizen children and others with deep ties to America – elected officials, local leaders, and … Continue reading »

Major City Mayors Are Prepared To Defy Donald Trump And Protect Undocumented Immigrants

Some of America’s biggest and most populous cities are vowing to remain areas of refuge for undocumented immigrants following the election of Donald Trump. “On top of providing a safe haven for immigrant communities,” writes Yara Simón in Remezcla, “sanctuary cities encourage undocumented people to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation of crimes without fear … Continue reading »

Chicago Activists Hold Two-Day March Against Deportations

Eleven activists in Chicago were arrested yesterday after an act of civil disobedience outside Broadview Detention Center, where they sat in the street with linked arms and blocked traffic in order to protest deportations. The arrests were part of a two-day march beginning on Monday night from ICE’s downtown Chicago field office to Broadview, stopping … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: Advocates in Chicago and Bakersfield Conduct Acts of Civil Disobedience for Immigration Reform

Today, hundreds of activists in Chicago, Illinois and Bakersfield, California stepped up their tactics to pressure Congress to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship. In Chicago, more than 500 people from faith, labor, elected officials and community organizations, including many undocumented families, joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) for … Continue reading »

POLL: August 2010–Chicago Tribune/WGN (Chicago)

In August 2010, the Chicago Tribune and WGN conducted a poll of 800 heads of households across the Chicago region. A majority of Chicago residents don’t want police to seek out undocumented immigrants for deportation.The poll found that “57 percent of the respondents did not want police to seek illegal immigrants for deportation.” [Chicago Tribune] Overwhelming … Continue reading »

Across the Country, Opposition To “Secure Communities” Continues to Grow

The drumbeat of criticism about the Obama Administration’s so-called “Secure Communities” program continues, as more cities and states push back against its dragnet approach and insist on local control over police priorities.  As we’ve noted before, the ramifications of S-Comm are often eerily similar to the ramifications of Arizona’s SB 1070.  It allows police wide … Continue reading »