Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department will send more federal prosecutors to Chicago to focus on ending gun violence in the city.

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One way the University of Illinois has been able to weather uncertain state funding over the past several years is by increasing international enrollment. International students at the U of I pay a tuition rate more than twice as high as in-state students … and international student enrollment at Illinois has gone from about 5,00 students a decade ago, to more than 12,000 students today.

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About 90 people representing 35 countries became US citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Peoria, on Fri.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate's leader is promoting legislation he says will protect immigrants from Trump administration actions. 

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Peoria’s diversity was on full display during a pro-immigrant rally at the Gateway Building Sun.

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CHICAGO (AP) - A lawyer for the family of a man who was shot and wounded by an immigration agent in Chicago says the shooting was unjustified.

A new study shows the impact of immigrants on the local, state, and national economies. A group called the New American Economy used census data to look at all 435 congressional districts.

For this study, the group used the term immigrant to mean any person born outside of the United States, whether legal or not.

Advocates to Undocumented Immigrants: 'Know Your Rights'

Mar 23, 2017
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President Donald Trump’s order to deport immigrants living in the US illegally left many undocumented people and their families feeling unsettled.

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Immigrant and refugee groups were pushing their legislative agenda today in the Illinois Capitol. They want the state to restore adult English classes and limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

 CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez is leading a sit-in at a federal immigration office in Chicago, saying he and other activists won't leave until demands are met. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has convened a meeting of legal and civil rights organizations in the wake of what she calls "troubling" executive orders issued by President Donald Trump.  Groups attending today's summit include Arab American Family Services, the Chicago Urban League and Lambda Legal. Group leaders say they fear escalating hate crimes.

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Residents of Peoria with ties to Mexico lined up outside First United Methodist Church Wed. to meet with the Mexican Consulate. 

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Several hundred people have gathered near Trump Tower in Chicago to protest President Donald Trump.  Today's rally is one of several occurring across the U.S. dubbed "Not My President's Day."  Protesters are speaking out against White House policies on issues ranging from immigration to the environment and health care.

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Last week, President Trump signed an executive order suspending new-refugee admissions for 120 days and blocking travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — for 90 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely. 

Members of Springfield’s Muslim community turned out for a demonstration on Monday against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

A Chicago man has filed a federal lawsuit asking a judge to declare President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration unconstitutional.  The man traveled to his native Iran to care for his sick mother. He filed the lawsuit seeking class-action status. Trump's order temporarily bans refugees and nearly all citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries including Iran. 

Illinois’ Congressional delegation is overwhelmingly opposed to President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigration. 
All 13 of Illinois' Congressional Democrats have come out against the president’s temporary ban on refugees and certain Muslim-country immigrants. The Republican members of the delegation have been slower to respond. They’re also divided.

A University of Illinois senior administrator says President Trump’s recent Executive Order halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries could be harmful to the university’s mission.  Executive Vice-President Barb Wilson says the U of I needs what she calls “open doors” to fulfill its mission.

Illinois' Lisa Madigan is among more than a dozen attorneys general who are speaking out against Republican President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.  Madigan and the others issued a statement condemning the Friday order, which restricts refugees and immigration. 

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An estimated 600 people demonstrated at Willard Airport near Champaign-Urbana Sunday,  joining tens of thousands across the nation who protested in the US protesting President Donald Trump’s executive order, banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries.  Illinois Public Media’s Jeff Bossert has more.



Diners Could Enter Sanctuary Status

Jan 25, 2017

CHICAGO - The national debate over immigration policy could be coming to a diner near you.


  Dozens of restaurants are seeking "sanctuary" status, a designation owners hope will help protect employees in an immigrant-heavy industry and tone down fiery rhetoric sparked by the presidential campaign.


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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he hand-delivered to Donald Trump a letter from mayors of some of the nation's largest cities urging the incoming president to continue to protect young immigrants.

Emanuel told reporters after his Wednesday morning meeting with Trump in New York that the letter asked him to continue a provision that protects immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16 from deportation. 

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The election of Donald Trump presents a clean slate for the US to craft comprehensive immigration policies. That was one conclusion that panelists from a variety of political and professional backgrounds could agree on, during a discussion at the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Mon.

“With a comprehensive immigration policy, which has been lacking for years and years and years, it needs to be overhauled. And in order to achieve economic security, we’re going to have to have a plan," Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Co-Chair Dave Bender said. 

A University of Illinois working group will study legal ramifications of making the campus a sanctuary for students living in the U.S. without legal permission.

Republicans in Illinois' Congressional delegation are on board with Governor Bruce Rauner's move to temporarily close the state's borders to Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.  The state's eight Republican House members are also condemning President Obama's plan to let in 10,000 refugees from that country this year.

East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center


As lawmakers in Springfield continue to fight over a state budget, service agencies across Illinois are beginning to operate in a reduced capacity. Thousands of human service agencies won't be receiving money from the state in the near future...including those who serve Illinois' population of immigrants and refugees. Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel reports.



El Milagro en Indiana (The Miracle in Indiana)

Jun 18, 2015

At a small Roman Catholic church in Northwest Indiana, the faith of its parishioners is a little stronger these days. That’s because they believe something miraculous happened to one of their members...a young woman from Chicago. And they say her story is important for another reason. Because it shows how hard it is for undocumented immigrants to access life-saving medical care. IPR’s Michael Puente has the story.




(Maria’s daughter reading to her…)

Immigration overhaul on hold

May 19, 2015

Starting today, an estimated 200-thousand undocumented immigrants in Illinois could have benefited from an immigration overhaul.  President Obama announced the plan last fall.  

According to the Justice Department, 300,000 children in the United States are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking. These victims could subjected to forced labor, domestic servitude or sexual exploitation.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago says a federal judge's ruling temporarily blocking President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration will delay but won't deter efforts at reform.