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Communities organized against ICE raids to remain ‘vigilant’ following Trump reversal

Elected officials and community organizers spent Saturday preparing for the proposed deportation raids, only to learn the president was reversing course.

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Trump pushes ICE raids back 2 weeks, after slamming Chicago as a high-crime sanctuary city

President Trump initially told reporters on Saturday that raids could start "during the course of this week," hours before tweeting that they’d be pushed back two weeks for negotiations with Democrats.

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Man being deported escapes ICE agents, hails cab after using O’Hare restroom

Law enforcement officials set up a perimeter to contain him, but he was already gone, police said.

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With Chicago’s immigrant communities fearing anticipated ICE raids, aldermen and organizers help prepare

Several reports say Chicago could be one of 10 U.S. cities targeted in widespread immigration raids starting Sunday and lasting through the week.

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‘You’re destroying families’ — Their father speaks Spanish. Their foster parents raised them to speak Slovak.

For generations, Illinois’ child welfare agency has failed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking families with children in its care.

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Trump threatens to deport millions beginning next week

President Donald Trump is threatening to remove millions of people living in the country illegally on the eve of formally announcing his re-election bid.

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Police install 20 new surveillance cameras along the ‘Heroin Highway’

Authorities hope the new cameras will help stem the flow of drugs and gun violence along the Eisenhower Expressway.

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DACA recipient’s parents deported to Colombia after 15 years in United States

Betty Rendon and Carlos Hincapie arrived in Colombia on Tuesday almost two decades after fleeing from guerrilla rebels’ threats during the country’s civil war.

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ICE will deport DACA recipient’s parents in days

The decision comes a day after the couple’s lawyer petitioned the agency, asking it to allow the couple to stay in the country.

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Chicago DACA recipient, lawyers call for release of her parents from ICE custody

Paula Hincapie-Rendon and her 5-year-old daughter, Layla, spoke out Thursday against the detainment of pastor Betty Rendon and Carlos Hincapie.

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She’s a DACA recipient. ICE agents still arrested her. Then they went after her parents.

Paula Hincapie-Rendon was on her way to drop off her kid at school when an unmarked car started following her. Hours later, her parents were in an ICE detention center and her house had been burglarized.

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5th migrant child dies after detention by Border Patrol

"If these were white children that were dying at this rate, people would be up in arms," a lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project said.

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Mayor Sanctuary?

ANALYSIS: Rahm Emanuel made Chicago a safer place for immigrants, but he was often a follower — not a leader — in the city’s immigrant rights movement

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Trump unveils immigration plan that focuses on ‘merit’

Trump’s sweeping immigration plan is more a campaign document than anything else.

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Trump considered mass deportation of migrant families, including in Chicago

Officials considered arresting thousands of migrant families who had final deportation orders and removing them in a flashy show of force.

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‘Black and brown’ leaders: ‘We can do more together than we can do apart’

"[The issues] are identical except black people are in Cook County Jail, and Latinos are in detention centers," state Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch said.

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US to permit 30,000 more temporary work visas

The move reflects how the booming economy has complicated President Donald Trump's efforts to restrict legal immigration.

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Chicago lawmakers, advocates call for $10 million in legal help for poor

"We should not leave [Springfield] without making sure this is funded in this budget," Rep. Art Turner said at Lawndale's Westside Justice Center.

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16-year-old migrant boy dies in government custody in Texas

A 16-year-old unaccompanied migrant boy from Guatemala fell ill after he was transferred to a government shelter in Texas and later died, officials said Wednesday. It was the third death in government custody since December, as the U.S. deals with a surge of unaccompanied children and Central American families arriving at the southern border.

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Dynasty slayer Rodriguez Sanchez ready to build bridges—not rehash past battles

Rodriguez Sanchez said she and Mell have agreed to work together during the transition.

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Keep private, for-profit detention facilities for immigrants out of Illinois

Private detention facilities earn their profits from misery, by keeping beds full and cutting corners on food, medical care, and staff training.

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Trump proposes charging asylum seekers a fee to apply

Most of those arriving say they are fleeing violence and poverty, and many request asylum under U.S. and international law.

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EDITORIAL: Chicago, a great sanctuary city of immigrants, is anything but ‘full’

Chicago has always been a sanctuary city, and better for it. Immigration has been at the core of Chicago's economic vitality and population growth.

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Trump sanctuary city idea could end up doing migrants a favor

An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to "sanctuary cities" for revenge on Democrats could do migrants a favor.

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Rahm ‘would welcome’ migrants Trump considers releasing to sanctuary cities

Trump considered a plan to release detained immigrants into "sanctuary cities" — a plan that critics brand as an effort to use migrants as pawns.

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Trump chooses top border officer to replace DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Trump announced in a tweet that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would be taking over as acting head of the department.

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US wants 2 years to ID migrant kids separated from families

The Trump administration wants up to two years to find potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the border.

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Trump in California to push border security, tour fencing

Trump, tweeting as Air Force One approached California, tried to blame Democrats for a lack of progress on the border wall.

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Universal themes of resistance, identity centered in Chicago Latino Film Fest

The 35th festival's curated selection from all over Latin America continues to highlight themes of social justice.

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Young migrant boy who died in US custody had the flu, autopsy shows

An autopsy report confirmed Wednesday that an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol on Christmas Eve succumbed to a flu infection.

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US resorts to expanded ‘catch and release’ as migrants surge

A closure would have enormous economic consequences on both sides of the border, disrupting manufacturing supply lines and the flow of goods ranging from avocados to cars.

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Trump tweets threat to close border with Mexico next week

Lawmakers have fought over whether there actually is a "crisis" at the border, particularly amid Trump's push for a border wall.