DACA

Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

Psychologists in Illinois talk of fears they have for young recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Luis Gomez says his anxiety has been exacerbated by the ongoing debate over whether to end DACA.

Last month, the Trump administration announced it was terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — also known as DACA. Created by President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential order, DACA grants undocumented youth who entered the country as children temporary protection against deportation, as well as the right to work.

Members of the state's largest immigrant rights group say they're boosting efforts to preserve a federal program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

La Favorita Opens in Peoria With Help from Family, DACA

Sep 18, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, in Peoria says if it weren’t for the program, he wouldn’t have started his business.

University of Illinois officials say they can't provide legal help to students affected by changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but that they'll try to connect them with lawyers.

DACA Supporters Rally At U of I in Champaign-Urbana

Sep 7, 2017
Mark Schultz / Illinois Public Radio

 

University of Illinois students, faculty and staff rallied on the Urbana campus Wednesday in defense of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 

Illinois is among 15 states suing to block President Donald Trump's plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

Peoria Public Radio

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner says children shouldn't be left in limbo, but addressing issues raised by ending a program aimed at protecting young immigrants from deportation is up to Congress. 

Fate of Illinois' DACA Recipients Hangs in the Balance

Sep 6, 2017
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The Trump Administration's decision to end a program that protects thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation is causing concern among students in Chicago.

Jesse Jackson Criticizes DACA Decision

Sep 5, 2017

Reverend Jesse Jackson Senior denounced President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – or DACA.

The program shields about 800-thousand people who came to the United States illegally as children.  

Jackson led a civil rights discussion at Northern Illinois University today as part of a statewide tour. He says ditching DACA could mean mass deportations.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

In response to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a pastor in Peoria is urging his parishioners to keep the faith.  

University of Illinois officials say the decision from President Donald Trump's administration to wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation creates uncertainty for some students.
 
The university system's president and chancellors of its campuses in Chicago, Urbana-Champaign and Springfield sent a letter to students, faculty and staff Tuesday afternoon. Earlier Tuesday Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the program known as DACA is an "unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch."
 

Durbin Seeks Immigration Reform

Aug 25, 2017

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin hopes the recent detention of a women protected under the DACA program will spur Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform.

What It Means To Be A Sanctuary City In Urbana

Feb 22, 2017
Jeff Bossert / Illinois Public Radio

On Tuesday, the Trump Administration released details on new policies to ramp up federal immigration detentions and deportations. Ahead of the move, Urbana joined hundreds of other cities in declaring itself a sanctuary city – meaning they’ll offer some protections to people in the country illegally. That could cost the city roughly $1 million in federal funds, based on recent executive orders from the president.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is pushing for some immigrants in the country illegally to be allowed in the military. And he’s bringing that push to Chicago’s West Side Monday.