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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.

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Chicago, long a magnet for Mexican immigrants, draws few asylum-seekers, study finds

Registration forms at a San Diego shelter for asylum-seeking migrant families offers insights on who is coming, how they are treated in U.S. custody and where they go.

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Community activists give Lightfoot a D for her first 100 days

In specific areas of concern, the mayor’s grades were three D’s and two F’s; she also received three ‘incomplete’ marks.

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Immigration activist detained by ICE in Chicago

Francisco Silva, 49, was detained Friday for violating bond conditions stemming from his 2015 DUI conviction.

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Pritzker dubs new law barring evictions based on citizenship part of ‘firewall’ against Trump’s ‘climate of fear’

California has a similar measure, making Illinois the first state in the Midwest to take action to protect undocumented tenants.

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Trump administration moves to end limits on child detention

The move is the latest effort by the administration to restrict immigration.

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Immigrant children need soap, edible food and sleep, according to panel

The three-judge panel said these amenities, among others, are "essential to the children’s safety," dismissing a Trump administration bid to limit what must be provided for detained immigrant children.