Posts tagged "Secure Communities"

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 »

What's Up This Week: Abbate and the "code of silence"; caroling against evictions; an immigrant's Christmas wish

 What's Up This Week: Abbate and the "code of silence"; caroling against evictions; an immigrant's Christmas wish
Code of Silence. If the city of Chicago gets its wish to reverse a recent jury verdict that a “code of silence” in the Chicago Police Department tried to shield off-duty officer Anthony Abbate from police misconduct charges after he beat a female bartender, the city will have “no incentive to change,” according to a... Read more »

Illinois inches closer to giving undocumented immigrants driver's licenses

Illinois inches closer to giving undocumented immigrants driver's licenses
Illinois has moved one step closer to approving provisional driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. Some advocates are hailing the legislation, while others warn it could make it easier to target who is in this country without papers. The Senate voted 41-14 this week in favor of the bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to receive a... Read more »
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Undocumented Life: Chicago-area U.S. citizen becomes first to sue over detention under Secure Communities

When James Makowski pleaded guilty to drug possession in 2010, he agreed to enter a 120-day boot camp as punishment. He figured it wouldn’t be as bad as the boot camp he completed when he entered the U.S. Marines. But instead of boot camp, James ended up serving two months in a maximum security prison... Read more »

Should Cook County hold inmates for immigration purposes ?

Should Cook County officials honor requests by the federal government to hold inmates for immigration purposes? County commissioners held a four-and-a-half hour hearing Thursday to determine whether to amend an ordinance, which was approved in September 2011, that allows Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to decline enforcing an immigration-hold request, also known as a “detainer,”... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Immigration activists arrested during Secure Communities protest

Immigration activists arrested during Secure Communities protest
During an emotional and heated public hearing, aimed at giving feedback about the controversial Secure Communities program, dozens of activists walked out to block West Washington Street and an exit ramp from I-94 freeway. “Stop the lies and terminate the program,” immigration activists and supporters chanted as they walked out of the hall, where the... Read more »