Posts tagged "immigration"

Palestinian activist charged with lying on citizenship application – 9 years after she became U.S. citizen

 Palestinian activist charged with lying on citizenship application – 9 years after she became U.S. citizen
When she was arrested on Oct. 22, Rasmieh Odeh had been an American citizen since 2004.  The charge? Lying on her naturalization application. Odeh, a Palestinian-born activist, associate director of the Chicago-based Arab American Action Network, and recipient of the 2013 Oustanding Community Leader Award from the Chicago Cultural Alliance, was accused of omitting the... Read more »

Will the arrest of a cartel leader affect Chicago-area deportees' safety?

This weekend, the Mexican authorities arrested Mario Ramirez Treviño, an alleged leader of one of the country’s deadliest drug cartels, CNN reported. According to CNN, which cited Eduardo Sanchez, the Mexican government’s security spokesman, Ramirez is a “ranking member” of the Gulf Cartel that controls most of the drug trafficking through the state of Tamaulipas,... Read more »

Activist, educator uses indigenous traditions to heal his community

Tomas Ramirez grew up with the understanding that to be healthy as an individual, his community had to be healthy. He believes it’s his responsibility to help maintain and heal his community. Ramirez moved to Chicago from Central Mexico 20 years ago to reunite with family. He has since become an essential member of Chicago’s... Read more »
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A slice of Little Village on “The Barber Shop Show”

What makes up for the days you just want to quit? It’s the kids, says, Victor Rodriguez, a coach with the Chicago Youth Boxing League and pastor of Little Village Community Church. Rodriguez and the other guests on last week’s “Barber Shop Show” work in Little Village, a vibrant immigrant neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side... Read more »

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 »

Life and surgery: The long day's journey of a kidney transplant patient

Life and surgery: The long day's journey of a kidney transplant patient
This is the story behind the story of how Lucio Villa, a photojournalism fellow at The Chicago Reporter, was there the night undocumented immigrant Jorge Mariscal got his long-needed kidney transplant. Mariscal’s story, and others, will be featured in a photography exhibition, “Issues Visualized,” opening Thursday, June 20. See the Facebook page for more details.... Read more »
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On the Barber Shop Show: ‘Speedy removals’ of immigrants (video)

The Chicago Reporter’s latest investigation, “Speedy Removal,” revealed that thousands of immigrants bypass the due process of immigration court and are deported after signing stipulated orders of removal. That’s part of a troubling trend in U.S. immigration enforcement, says Mark Fleming, litigation coordinator at the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center, because rushed removal proceedings don’t... Read more »

The clock is ticking to get tickets for the Reporter’s “Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!” fundraiser

The Chicago Reporter is an investigative magazine that doesn’t shy away from the tough issues. Our 40th anniversary edition of the magazine shows just that: We looked at some of the changes in 40 years of the Reporter’s main beats–criminal justice, immigration, labor and housing. But we also know when it’s time to celebrate the... Read more »

For immigrants deported without a judicial hearing, hope glimmers in proposed immigration bill

For immigrants deported without a judicial hearing, hope glimmers in proposed immigration bill
Under the current U.S. immigration law, there is virtually no relief for immigrants who have already been deported, particularly if they left they country without a judicial hearing. But there is the possibility of some relief in the proposed immigration reform bill pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a panel of immigration experts... Read more »
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May Day rally marchers voice concern for those left out of proposed immigration reform bill

May Day rally marchers voice concern for those left out of proposed immigration reform bill
It was the first truly warm day of spring, reaching a longed-for temperature above 80 degrees. Old men pushed their ice cream carts, the bells on them ringing as they moved. The sun filtered through the cracks between downtown’s skyscrapers and onto hundreds of marchers at this year’s May Day parade on Wednesday. The parade... Read more »