Posts tagged "Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights"

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 »

Video: Immigrants flock to Navy Pier in pursuit of a dream

Thousands of undocumented young people gathered at Chicago’s Navy Pier and beyond for what many called a historic day. They were all waiting to inch a bit closer to the American Dream. Wednesday was the first day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a temporary protected status for undocumented young people who would otherwise... Read more »

Closing time in Springfield: Human trafficking bill passes, foreclosure fraud and criminal records bills stall; campaign finance and early release bills moving forward

Closing time in Springfield: Human trafficking bill passes, foreclosure fraud and criminal records bills stall; campaign finance and early release bills moving forward
Lawmakers in Springfield have their hands full this week as they wrap up the spring session. Designing a new budget, crafting pension and Medicaid reform and a compromise on gambling legislation are all topics that have seized headlines in recent weeks and months. During that time, The Chicago Reporter has had its eye on a... Read more »
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Immigration activists accuse Chicago Police of violating local "sanctuary" ordinance

Immigration activists accuse Chicago Police of violating local "sanctuary" ordinance
Immigration activists are accusing Chicago Police officers of violating a 2006 ordinance that dubbed Chicago a “sanctuary city” for undocumented people by prohibiting city agencies from cooperating with federal immigration officials. At the center of the allegations is Rose Tchakounte, a Cameroonian asylum seeker, who has been in federal custody since she was pulled over... Read more »