Posts in category "Undocumented Life"

A judge's decision dashes an immigrant's hope for deportation reprieve

A judge's decision dashes an immigrant's hope for deportation reprieve
A Chicago judge denied an immigration prosecutor’s request last week for an “administrative closure” of a deportation proceeding against Sebastian Pineda, a Mexican immigrant whose case was chronicled by The Chicago Reporter in August. The decision threw a wrench into the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s stuttering effort to carry out a 2011 directive by... Read more »

Undocumented Life: One year later, an immigrant gets a Christmas wish

Leticia Morua stands in her son Jose’s bedroom in their Bolingbrook home. She had been placed under deportation proceedings, but then an immigration judge  granted her requests for “cancellation of removal,” which makes her a legal resident. Photo by Jonathan Gibby.
Leticia Morua had lost hope. The mother of three was severely depressed and the threat of losing her children worried her sick. “I didn’t care about anything. I just kept thinking that I didn’t want to be separated from my children,” she said. “I was worried about the state taking my children away.” The 38-year-old had been... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Jorge Mariscal finally receives his long-awaited kidney transplant

The Day Before: Jorge Mariscal has dinner at the Tilted Kilt in Schaumburg with two friends from middle school.
It was 4:30 a.m. and no one said a word. Jorge Mariscal, his mother and his aunt were on their way to Loyola University Medical Center. It was the moment they all had been anticipating for years and finally it had arrived. Sonia Lopez was donating her kidney to her 24-year-old son. Mariscal had been... Read more »
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Philanthropic giving to Latino nonprofits stays the same despite population growth

Philanthropic giving to Latino nonprofits stays the same despite population growth
Despite growth in the Latino population, philanthropic giving to organizations serving this community has not kept pace with its increasing needs. The Foundation Center in collaboration with Hispanics in Philanthropy conducted a study that found in the last decade, 1 percent of total foundation funding was designated for agencies that serve Latino communities. Funding levels... Read more »

Chicago Aldermen sign resolution to push for undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses

Alicia drives to the suburbs for her job. The Logan Square resident can’t afford to miss work because she has a son to support. But unlike many Illinois’ drivers the 36-year-old mother is scared driving. “I’m terrified of driving to work. I’m afraid of going to work and never coming back,” said Alicia, who is... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Activist Dolores Huerta pushes for renewed focus on Violence Against Women Act

Undocumented Life:  Activist Dolores Huerta pushes for renewed focus on Violence Against Women Act
  The abuse started only months after Irma Duran married him. He became controlling. Dictating her every move, including not letting her sleep. And the abuse only got worse. “He threatened me when I asked him for a divorce,” Duran said. “He said, ‘I’m going to cut each one of your eyes out with a... Read more »
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Undocumented Life: Report claims detention centers are unfairly punishing immigrants

Many of the country’s immigration detention centers use solitary confinement improperly to punish detainees, according to a new report from immigration activist and doctors. The report alleges that undocumented immigrants housed in detention centers, including McHenry County Jail and Tri-County Detention Center, are often being punished with a 23-hour lockdown also known as “solitary confinement.”... Read more »

Study: Unsafe working conditions in Chicago staffing agencies

Study: Unsafe working conditions in Chicago staffing agencies
Temporary staffing agencies in Illinois encourage unsafe working conditions and a culture of not reporting accidents to cut costs and keep insurance premiums low, a new study found. But those cost-saving tactics come at a hefty price: Their employees’ health and safety. The Urban and Diversity Program at University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of... Read more »

UIC study: Car washes in Chicago exploit workers, violate wage and safety laws

UIC study: Car washes in Chicago exploit workers, violate wage and safety laws
On a bad day Oscar Olivares earns $5 a day in tips working as a car washer, a good day can get him $55, but most of the time the pay is somewhere in between and that’s his only income for that day. The 45-year-old Salvadorian immigrant has been working in this industry for eight... Read more »
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Undocumented Life: Slideshow on Caravan for Peace links drug war in Mexico, Chicago violence

Photo by: Lucio Villa

<p>Javier Silicia, renowned Mexican poet and writer, is leading the Caravan for Peace through 20 cities in the United States, including Chicago. Sicilia's son was killed by drug cartels a year ago. He is against the war on drugs, which he says has criminalized poor people of color in the U.S.
Javier Sicilia sat quietly smoking from an electronic cigarette waiting to go on stage. “This country is difficult,” Sicilia told The Chicago Reporter before delivering a speech earlier this week. “Americans don’t want to assume responsibility.” Sicilia, a renowned Mexican poet and writer, said the United States provides two deadly things that feed the Mexican drug war:... Read more »