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Trump's Immigration Policy Not Affecting U of I

Oct 5, 2017

The Chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says so far, the Trump Administration immigration and visa policies have not hurt the university in recruiting students and employees. 

Federal immigration officials say they arrested 30 people in Cook County as part of a nationwide sweep targeting "sanctuary" jurisdictions, which limit local authorities' cooperation in immigration investigations.

A federal immigration appeals court has sided with a Chicago immigration judge's decision to grant asylum to a teenage blogger from Singapore.

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The Peoria Public School board is expected to discuss a policy that would protect the children of undocumented immigrants enrolled in the district.

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Nearly 700 new Americans and their supporters filled the Peoria Civic Center ballroom Wed. to take the Oath of Allegiance. It’s being called the region's largest naturalization ceremony.

A federal judge has ruled Attorney General Jeff Sessions cannot follow through with his threat to withhold public safety grant money to Chicago and other so-called sanctuary cities for refusing his order to impose tough immigration policies.

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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.

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.

A spokeswoman says Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign a plan that would limit cooperation between authorities in Illinois and federal immigration authorities.

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.

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 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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