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

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New immigration policy aims to protect undocumented immigrants against work exploitation

These new policies go beyond addressing injustices immigrants have been facing for almost 40 years. They aim to hold employers accountable and fight for safe work conditions.

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New initiative aimed at helping suburban immigrants access health care options

On Thursday, immigration advocates launched the "Immigrant Health Academy" and published a new report looking at barriers this population faces when trying to access health care.

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Things are getting pathetic when a ‘Dreamer’ plays by the rules but still loses her status and gets fired

The Biden administration has vowed to end the backlog of DACA renewal requests, yet the U.S. Immigration and Customs Services continues to fail to fix the problem.

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‘We are here to demand citizenship.’ Rally presses Congress and Biden to move on immigration reform.

"President Biden, we ask that you stop deportations and protect immigrant communities like mine," Margot Zamora at the really Friday in Little Village.

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In Chicago, some DACA holders frustrated by renewal delays

Some immigration organizations have started seeking help from congressional leaders while others are coordinating petitions and phone banking to get answers about renewals for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Sen. Duckworth issues plea to help Afghan refugees: ‘If you can help, please help’

More than 800 Afghans are expected to make Illinois their home in the coming months, said U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth.

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Haitian community in Chicago mobilizes to provide relief for asylum-seekers at U.S. border

Patricia Nabal recently visited the southern border as part of a trip to assess how the Chicago community could help Haitians seeking asylum. She saw herself in many of the children. "Who I am today could be that child on the shoulders of parents," she said.

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How Haitian migrants were treated by the Border Patrol was just plain wrong

What happened in the small town of Del Rio, Texas, only reinforces the perception that our nation’s immigration policies discriminate against Black and Brown people.

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Senators Durbin, Padilla push immigration reform in Little Village visit

Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and Alex Padilla, D-Calif., in Chicago on Friday, said a revised immigration plan will be submitted to the Senate parliamentarian in a few days.

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Group of unaccompanied children from Afghanistan arrives in Chicago as wave of refugees continues

About 75 unaccompanied minors arrived in Chicago on Wednesday morning, according to city and federal officials.

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Sen. Dick Durbin: Will have ‘alternative proposal’ to get Dreamer immigration in $3.5 trillion budget bill

Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled that a path to citizenship for Dreamers and other immigrants cannot be included in a Democratic-authored legislative package.

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Community groups rally in the Loop, pushing for immigration reform

Hundreds of community groups marched through the Loop on Tuesday afternoon chanting, "Citizenship for all."

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Biden can do more to fix — and end — Trump’s inhumane ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

Defenders of the program say it reduced pressure on overburdened immigration officials, but the evidence is clear that it also led to violations of due process for the asylum seekers.

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Number of expected Afghan refugees resettling in Chicago increases

Chicago-based organizations that assist refugees along with some elected leaders are pushing for the incoming refugees to have access to public benefits.

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As people flee Afghanistan, resettlement agencies in Chicago prepare for more refugees

Some organizations that assist refugees already are seeing an uptick in refugees from Afghanistan, though most are likely to resettle in other parts of the United States.

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New law seeks to inform, protect immigrant, refugee communities — and provide lawyers in Cook County

The bills will create a public information campaign to help educate immigrants of their rights under the U.S. Constitution and Illinois law, and allow Cook County public defenders to represent non-citizens during any removal proceedings.

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Pritzker signs law banning local jails from detaining people facing deportation

Three county jails have contracts with ICE to hold people facing deportation.

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A chance for an historic win on immigration reform — if only Democrats will hang tough

A measure to grant permanent legal status to young people brought to our country illegally years ago would be perfectly appropriate in a proposed $3.5 trillion federal budget package.

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Immigration laws changing, but Crystal Lake man slipped through the cracks

President Joe Biden and Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently changed immigration policies to better protect undocumented families. But that’s come too late for this father of five.

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After DACA ruling, advocates call on Congress to create pathway for citizenship for immigrants

In Chicago’s City Council, a resolution was recently introduced calling on Congress to create a pathway for undocumented immigrants across the country to become U.S. citizens.

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Despite judge’s ruling, Chicago-area immigration activist still hopeful: ‘It’s not the end and we can fight’

A federal judge in Texas ordered a halt to first-time applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Immigration advocates in Chicago think the decision might push Congress to pass immigration reform.

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Federal judge in Texas orders end to DACA, current enrollees safe for now

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled in favor of Texas and eight other conservative states that had sued to halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides limited protections to about 650,000 people.

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Housing advocates push to preserve two-flats in Chicago

A door-to-door campaign is part of a movement to preserve affordable units while helping homeowners build wealth, according to housing advocates.

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Immigration groups ramp up efforts for legal help in anticipation of reform

A coalition of immigration groups launches a legal assistance campaign in anticipation of reform that could provide a path for undocumented immigrants to become legalized in the U.S.

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No excuse for Biden administration’s slow response to protecting ‘Dreamers’ from deportation

At least 50,000 young people have applied for deportation relief since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was restored in full by a federal judge. But only 1.5% of those applications have been approved.

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Chicago Ridge family reunited: Mother in Yemen allowed to join son recovering from cancer

After months awaiting approval from the federal government, a Yemeni mother was able to come to the U.S. to be with her son, who’d been undergoing leukemia treatment.

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Wrigley Field plays host to swearing-in ceremony for 172 new citizens

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts didn’t waste the opportunity to create 172 new Cubs fans: "It is an honor to host you on this special day, and we all hope that you’ll be back here many, many, many, times."

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Undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens should have easier path to citizenship, group says

There are an estimated 1.3 million spouses of United States citizens that are undocumented. A bill would allow for the Department of Homeland Security to have discretion when dealing with these individual cases.

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Families recovering from year of uncertainty hopeful about Child Tax Credit payments starting July 15

The Child Tax Credit was expanded for tax year 2021 so parents can get half of the credit early — before filing their taxes in early 2022 — through advanced monthly payments ranging from $250 to $300 from July to December.

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Nigeria-born artist puts his style into his murals, his name on them and his dogs in them

‘I could just be the dog guy who paints the dogs,’ says Uprizn Ikpemi, who frequently finds a way to work his pets into his murals.

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‘I really want to leave’ — Immigrant kids describe desperation to leave shelters Biden administration set up

They described hard conditions, isolation and desperation to get out of facilities opened to cope with a rise in the arrival of minors on the nation’s southwest border.

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Left homeless as high schooler when parents were deported, she’s now a law school grad

Daihana Estrada is the first recipient of a Chicago Coalition for the Homeless scholarship to do that. Now, the Pilsen resident is aiming to help immigrants like her parents.