Posts tagged "ICE"

Fear, mistrust linger in immigrant neighborhood after weekend raid of South Side flea market

Fear, mistrust linger in immigrant neighborhood after weekend raid of South Side flea market
Days after a Saturday morning Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at a popular flea market, immigrant rights advocates are calling for an end to federal operations in their neighborhoods that they say only incite fear – and could make immigrants mistrustful of immigration reform. At 10:30 a.m. on June 29, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland... Read more »

Why were more than 800 US citizens flagged for possible deportation by immigration authorities?

Why were more than 800 US citizens flagged for possible deportation by immigration authorities?
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has come under fire for casting too wide of a net – some advocates have nicknamed it a “dragnet” – when it asks law enforcement authorities to hold people in local jails under its Secure Communities program. The federal immigration agency placed an “immigration hold” or “detainer” on more than 900,000... Read more »

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 »
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What's Up This Week: A peek into immigration court, South Shore community meeting and a look at employment for the disabled

What's Up This Week: A peek into immigration court, South Shore community meeting and a look at employment for the disabled
Dashed Hopes. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said it will focus on deporting immigrants with dangerous felonies. But a recent visit to immigration court found this doesn’t quite live up to the reality on the ground. Read the full story on Chicago Muckrakers today. Spotlight on South Shore. Chicago is looking to fill the... 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 »

Politics in review: Arrested protestors want face time with Rahm; Jackson, Jr. in hot seat; Preckwinkle snuffs ICE; Daley's day in court

Here’s a week’s worth of political and elections news that had The Chicago Reporter jawing. Twenty-three people were arrested early Friday morning after barricading themselves inside a Woodlawn mental health clinic in protest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to consolidate 12 clinics into six. The Chicago Reporter recently reported on some of the planned closures. ... Read more »
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Secure Communities deporting noncriminal immigrants 'a feature, not a flaw' says report

Despite months of protestations to the contrary, a recent report finds that the Secure Communities program continues to deport immigrants with traffic offenses, or even people who were victims of crime, despite its stated goal to focus only on serious criminals. A report by the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California at Irvine’s... Read more »

Immigration agency launches new hotline for immigrants in detention centers

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched a new hotline to help locate detained undocumented immigrants and avoid U.S. citizens from mistakenly being taken into immigration custody. The toll-free hotline (855) 448-6903 will be staffed 24 hours a day by the agency personnel and is available for detained individuals to phone if they think they “may be... Read more »

The allure of 'secure'

A year after Secure Communities, a controversial immigration enforcement program at the center of President Barack Obama’s immigration policies, was launched, Janet Napolitano, then-secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, described the program as an “effective tool to identify and remove dangerous criminal aliens who pose a threat to public safety.” But the cover... Read more »
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