Tag: undocumented

Undocumented Life: Parts of Arizona immigration law struck down, but "show me your papers" provision still stands

While Monday’s Supreme Court ruling struck down parts of Arizona’s punitive immigration bill, SB1070, it upheld what to many fighting for immigration reform and justice is the most troubling part of the law. The sections that were ruled unconstitutional had required immigrants to carry immigration papers at all times, banned undocumented immigrants from soliciting work... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Obama halts deportations; Rahm backs decriminalizing small amounts of pot; CTU vote means hot summer ahead; Cook to boost set-asides

President Obama bypassed Congress Friday and announced the U.S. will stop deporting undocumented immigrants who are currently under 30 years old, who came to the U.S. before they turned 16 and have lived here at least five years. To be eligible, they also can’t have a criminal record, have earned a high school diploma or... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Mothers go on hunger strike to demand transplants for undocumented children

Undocumented Life: Mothers go on hunger strike to demand transplants for undocumented children
On Sunday at 11 am, Sonia Lopez, Hilda Burgos and Lorenzo Arroyo stopped eating. The three started a hunger strike to demand medical treatment for family members who have been denied a spot on the organ transplant list because they are undocumented. And as a result, says Burgos, these loved ones are slowly dying. Each... Read more »
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Eyes on the prize: Immigrant rights activists fight Juan Crow

On March 7, 1965, more than 500 demonstrators set off on a 54-mile march through the segregated South from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., in response to the murder of a civil rights activist. The march called for African Americans to be given the right to vote and an end to violence and intimidation. Fast... Read more »

Crete: Will a promised economic windfall go to the prison company or to residents?

Crete: Will a promised economic windfall go to the prison company or to residents?
The Village of Crete, Ill., is surprisingly small for a community that sits just 30 minutes south of Chicago’s bustling Loop. The Will County village has fewer than 9,000 residents and a small, but solid, middle-class majority–the median household income is $70,074, according to the 2010 Census. For those residents, a prison that brings an... 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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Race and poverty round-up: tribute to the Soul Train, presidential ignorance and Freddie Mac's conflict of interest

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly. Don Cornelius, the smooth-voiced creator of the iconic Soul Train was found dead at his home on Wednesday, setting off a stream of rememberances and nostalgia. A group of Chicagoans remembered his legacy in Wicker Park by dancing the Soul Train. Republican... 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 »