Posts tagged "undocumented immigrants"

What's Up This Week: Tuesday's special election; racial discrimination in public housing; undocumented immigrants discuss their status

What's Up This Week: Tuesday's special election; racial discrimination in public housing; undocumented immigrants discuss their status
Election Time. Voters are to head to the polls on Tuesday. On the primary’s ballot are several local contests, but the most-watched race is the 2nd Congressional District. Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. stepped down from the seat in November. He and his wife have pleaded guilty in federal court to criminal charges. Disparate Impact.... Read more »

Immigration activists push for deportation moratorium on MLK and Inauguration Day

Izaithell Aguirre, 11, wraps herself in an American flag during a demonstration for a moratorium on deportations in Chicago. Organizers decided to have the protest on Jan. 21 to coincide with President Barack Obama's inauguration.
It was a historic day. The nation’s first black president was publicly sworn in for his second term. The ceremony took place on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and near where 50 years ago the slain civil rights leader delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. And while those in Washington looked back on the... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Sen. Collins sits down with Muckrakers; movement on undocumented drivers license bill

What's Up This Week: Sen. Collins sits down with Muckrakers; movement on undocumented drivers license bill
Collins on the Record. We sat down with Sen. Jacqueline Collins, who represents the 16th District of Illinois, to talk about her past, present and hopes for the future. Look out for the Q&A this week. Undocumented Drivers. The undocumented drivers license legislation will be up for a vote in the House Committee on Transportation... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Our new issue, Springfield in session and noisemakers for prisoners

What's Up This Week: Our new issue, Springfield in session and noisemakers for prisoners
New Issue. We are excited to announce that 40th anniversary issue of The Chicago Reporter will be online this week. In it, we track the history of four of the Reporter’s key beats over the last four decades, look at our most impactful stories and do Q&As with some of our past publishers. Lame Ducks.... 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 »

Man who forced immigrants into prostitution sentenced to life in prison

Man who forced immigrants into prostitution sentenced to life in prison
Their nightmare dragged on for more than two years. The undocumented women from Eastern Europe were brought to the Chicago area where they were later beaten, branded and forced into prostitution. The man responsible for the scheme, Alex Campbell, was sentenced Monday to life without parole in a federal prison and to pay $124,000 in... Read more »
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Undocumented Life: A year in, only a handful of immigrants benefit from 'prosecutorial discretion'

Sebastian Pineda talks about his deportation case in his Little Village home.
Sebastian Pineda sits quietly on the wooden bench, staring at the dingy white wall and at times glancing at the mother of his two boys. He’s patiently waiting, even hopeful. His wife sits inches away, sobbing uncontrollably. She too is waiting. It’s clear she’s less hopeful. The couple is in the administrative court in Chicago... Read more »

Barber Shop Preview: Post your news #likes, #dislikes and #WTFs for our monthly news round up show

Barber Shop Preview: Post your news #likes, #dislikes and #WTFs for our monthly news round up show
What headlines this month made you smile, and which ones made you groan? That’s our topic of conversation on this week’s Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio show broadcast live on Vocalo from Carter’s Barber Shop in North Lawndale. Just a few of the stories we’ll be looking at: A possible attempt by the city... 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 »
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Undocumented Life: A birthday celebration for a Little Village church that mixes immigration activism and faith

Salvadorean Father Jose Landaverde who founded the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Little Village, prepares to speak at the press conference which is celebrating its 5th anniversary helping the community fight injustices.
In the heart of Little Village, there’s a small, hardly noticeable, church. Since it opened five years ago, this congregation has become a well-known beacon of activism for the rights of undocumented immigrants. On any given day, there are several parishioners working on campaigns. There are families fighting deportation orders, workers trying to recover lost wages and... Read more »