Posts tagged "undocumented"

Immigrant activists put lives on the line to spotlight deportations

Immigrant activists put lives on the line to spotlight deportations
Three young immigrants are risking their lives in the United States to bring attention to an issue they say has gotten woefully little play in the immigration debate – deportations. As part of a campaign called Bring Them Home, led by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a trio of undocumented U.S.-based activists, including Chicago-based Lulu Martinez,... Read more »

In fight for organ transplants for undocumented and uninsured immigrants, it takes a village

In fight for organ transplants for undocumented and uninsured immigrants, it takes a village
It’s around 10 p.m. and things are winding down at Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission. The church is a storefront on Little Village’s 26th Street, one of the busiest in Chicago, and rarely a moment goes by when a car doesn’t rush past the church in a blur. But inside the church, the street... Read more »

English-only policies in service industry may be undocumented, but workers constrained by them

English-only policies in service industry may be undocumented, but workers constrained by them
Whole Foods Market found itself facing the threat of a national boycott last week when two of its workers in Albuquerque, N.M., were given a one-day suspension for speaking Spanish to each other on the shop floor. The company said in response that “English is the default language for communication” while employees are on the... 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 »

Proverbial wall to legalization in new immigration bill is border security

Proverbial wall to legalization in new immigration bill is border security
There are undocumented immigrants in Chicago who crossed the border to get here; came on expired visas and were brought by their parents as minors. They are high school students, university graduates, dishwashers and mothers. Many of these immigrants are my neighbors. And they’ve all been waiting for the immigration legislation that President Barack Obama... Read more »

As new guest worker visa is proposed, report shows poor state of farm workers’ health

As new guest worker visa is proposed, report shows poor state of farm workers’ health
They pick the oranges that we eat to stave off a cold and the tomatoes in our sandwiches and salads. But their occupation is less likely to have health care coverage than any other major category. Seventy-five percent of farm workers in the United States don’t have health insurance, making them “by every measure …... Read more »
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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 »

Drivers license legislation heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for signature

Drivers license legislation heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for signature
For hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois, getting behind the wheel just got a little less scary. The Illinois House has passed legislation that will allow an estimated 250,000 undocumented immigrants get a valid drivers license. The vote on Tuesday was followed by applause and celebratory shouts, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  “This is... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Taking from the rich, holiday cheer and a memorial to victims of violence

What's Up This Week: Taking from the rich, holiday cheer and a memorial to victims of violence
Take From the Rich. A new poll shows that a majority of Americans would rather raise taxes on the rich than cut programs for the poor. As the fiscal cliff negotiations are to continue, we take a look at what we learned from the Pew Research Center’s poll. Heart-Warming Chicago. Here at The Chicago Reporter, most of... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Our latest investigation on crime; immigrants and domestic violence; and Kelly's departure

What's Up This Week: Our latest investigation on crime; immigrants and domestic violence; and Kelly's departure
Slammed. Crime is down, but a growing number of teenagers in Chicago are being tried on adult felony charges. In 2011, 15 percent more 17-year-olds were convicted in adult courts in Cook County than in 2007. Look out for our latest investigation in the November/December issue. Undocumented Life. Undocumented women who suffer abuse can face a difficult choice –... Read more »