Chicago, IL – A Chicago Tribune piece highlights the life of Mauro Navarro, who fled his native El Salvador to seek refuge from a war-torn country here in the United States. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced in January that the program for El Salvador would be phased out by Sept. 9, 2019, meaning that – after this date… Continue »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

View the powerpoint of exit polling in Chicago, LA, and Miami on “The Immigration Issue and the 2008 Presidential Election.”