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Immigration news, from Chicago's neighborhoods to America's borders, including legal, political and humanitarian coverage.

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‘The more, the merrier’ — why we need babies and immigrants

The national birth rate continues to slide; only immigration keeps the United States from shrinking demographically.

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Students give thanks for America and Sullivan High

Gratitude expressed in many languages as Rogers Park high school holds its third Thanksgiving celebration.

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Waukegan boy and his mom await decision on asylum

Iker Velasquez, 8, and his mother fled Honduras as political refugees in 2014.

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Chicago rated the most welcoming U.S. city for immigrants

The New American Economy’s 2019 Cities Index examined the largest 100 cities in the United States and found "traditional immigration gateways" still lead on immigration policy.

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In less than five hours, Trump slams Chicago crime, ridicules top cop, raises $4M — and sparks protests comparing him to Hitler

"There is one person who is not here today. Where is he? I want to talk to him," Trump said of Police Supt. Eddie Johnson. "In fact, more than anyone else, this person should be here because maybe he could learn something."

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Fact-check: Durbin mostly right in claim about link between Illinois deportations and serious crime

Durbin said that in Illinois, less than 20% of immigrants who are deported "have been charged with any serious crime." Limited federal backs that up, but it comes with a few caveats.

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Streamwood company operators charged with hiring, harboring undocumented workers

The Kuzelka family allegedly rehired at least 18 undocumented workers at KSO MetalFab Inc. after firing them in 2017, prosecutors said.

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Trump policy targeting immigrants who use safety net services blocked by federal court in Illinois

Illinois on Monday added its name to a list of four other states that have blocked Trump’s public charge rule that targets poor immigrants who receive public assistance.

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Politicians condemn conditions at ICE detention center in Kankakee

Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and some Chicago-area elected officials paid a surprise visit to the Jerome Combs Detention Center this week.

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Trump v. Jesus: Christians can’t follow both

"If you are followers of Jesus, you can’t ignore what Jesus said," said Rev. Jim Wallis, who was educated in Deerfield and returns to the area for appearances this weekend.

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Deported Army veteran Miguel Perez Jr. sworn in as U.S. citizen

Perez served two tours in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2003 and was deported in 2018 after he was convicted in a drug case.

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Durbin, Schakowsky speak out against Trump administration’s cuts to refugee admissions program

A State Department proposal released last week would put a cap on the number of refugees at 18,000 for the fiscal year that started Monday.

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Chicago to spend $2.7 million to boost U.S. Census count

Chicago’s 66% response rate in the 2010 census was among the worst of any big U.S. city. This year’s 75% goal won’t be easy amid a cloud of fear caused by workplace enforcement action.

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California judge blocks Trump administration’s rule to detain migrant kids

The rules would enable the government to keep immigrant children in detention facilities with their parents indefinitely. The judge said the rules conflicted with the Flores agreement.

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New ICE Chicago field office director: ‘We don’t conduct raids’

Robert Guadian will oversee ICE’s enforcement and removal operations throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas and Kentucky.

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Deported Army veteran from Chicago awaits citizenship ruling

Miguel Perez Jr. hopes to find out within the next couple of weeks whether he is a citizen of the country he swore to defend.

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‘I’m so blessed to be here:’ Deported Army veteran back in Chicago for citizenship hearing

Miguel Perez Jr. served two tours in Afghanistan before being deported in 2018 after catching a drug charge. Tomorrow, he’ll find out if he’s a citizen of the United States.

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Day after Southeast Side raid, ICE detains 2 in Back of the Yards: alderman

Around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, ICE officers pulled over a vehicle near 48th and Wolcott and took two males into custody.

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ICE detains 5 people at Southeast Side pizzeria, Lightfoot says

Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained the individuals at the Route 66 Pizza, 10180 S. Indianapolis Ave.

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Deported Army veteran making his way back to Chicago ahead of citizenship hearing

Miguel Perez-Montes was deported to Mexico after a nonviolent drug conviction.

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Trump backers spark heated confrontation outside Pilsen church

Four men in ‘Make America Great Again’ apparel argued with neighborhood residents outside Lincoln United Methodist Church over the weekend.

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Immigrant rights groups blast U.S. Supreme Court, Trump on asylum rule

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling will allow the Trump administration to start denying asylum applications at the southern border.

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Catholics welcome religious statue from Mexico, highlight U.S. immigration policies

From Thursday through Sunday, the statue of Our Lady of San Juan de Los Lagos will be taken to three churches in the Humboldt Park and Hermosa neighborhoods.

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Father of 18-month-old recently diagnosed with leukemia faces deportation

Cristian Avalos-Merino has been in the McHenry County Jail since May after being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Muslim civil rights group sues feds over delays in asylum applications

CAIR-Chicago is asking a federal court to force immigration agents to rule on seven asylum applications that have been in the pipeline for years.

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Judge reinstates nationwide halt on Trump asylum policy

The injunction to block the policy, which would prevent most immigrants from seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, was previously limited to California and Arizona. It now covers the whole nation.

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Community groups hold workshop in Brighton Park to better protect immigrant families

In August, the Trump administration announced new rules that could prevent thousands of immigrants from obtaining green cards.

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Ping Tom Park part of a growing Chinatown

While Chinese enclaves across the country shrink, Chicago’s Chinatown continues to thrive.

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively donate $1M to Chicago non-profit that helps children separated from family at border

‘We’ve realized we have to do everything possible to foster more compassion and empathy in this world,’ the couple said.

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Beverly woman receives green card 2 months after almost getting deported

Corina Turcinovic, 55, went from "alien to permanent resident between Independence Day and Labor Day."

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Ada Alicia Giron, whose Chicago bookstores offered a bit of home for Spanish-speakers, has died at 83

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Pritzker grants clemency to Army veteran deported to Mexico — blasting Trump and Rauner for the ‘unfortunate circumstances’

Miguel Perez-Montes was deported in March 2018, "without prior contact with his family, left at the Mexican border nearly penniless without clothing or shelter," the governor’s office said.