Advocates say Illinois lawmakers should build welfare programs that mirror those for citizens, like food stamps and unemployment insurance.
With a high cost of living and no social safety net, undocumented seniors often depend on families and are at high risk of losing their homes. This is part three in a series with the Chicago Tribune on the growing population of undocumented seniors in Illinois.
The program enrolled over 9,000 people in its first year, but doesn’t cover long-term care — a dangerous pitfall for many undocumented seniors.
The number of undocumented immigrants ages 65 and over in Illinois is set to grow exponentially. Advocates say it’s a crisis in the making. Injustice Watch and the Chicago Tribune teamed up to report on the challenges facing Illinois’ aging undocumented population.
Detained immigrants and their families, attorneys, and advocates say what the end of immigration detention in Illinois has meant for them.
Carlos BallesterosFebruary 16, 2022
Elvira Arellano retells the story of when she took a stand to fight for her son and her work to protect undocumented immigrants.
Leslie HurtadoFebruary 15, 2022
The decision comes after the Illinois county fought to keep its contract with the federal immigration organization.
The court's ruling comes after McHenry and Kankakee counties filed a join lawsuit challenging the Illinois Way Forward Act.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Illinois counties hoping to keep their lucrative ICE detention contracts. Those contracts are now set to be phased out starting Jan. 1.
Carlos BallesterosDecember 7, 2021
Officials in McHenry and Kankakee counties have sued the state to block implementation of a law that would require them to cancel their ICE detention contracts.
Carlos BallesterosNovember 19, 2021
Organizers are calling for alternatives to facilities for unaccompanied Afghan refugee children run by Chicago nonprofit Heartland Alliance.
Chelsea VerstegenNovember 11, 2021
Protestors halted traffic as they called for a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
Diane Bou KhalilNovember 4, 2021
Some Afghan children at a Chicago shelter have hurt themselves or others, leaving workers overwhelmed. Employees say the shelter has never experienced this level of chaos and isn’t equipped to provide kids with services they need.
Melissa SanchezOctober 28, 2021
A confusing rollout has left many immigrants detained by ICE relying on local governments to get a COVID vaccine.
Adriana RezalOctober 13, 2021
After photos of Border Patrol agents whipping Haitian asylum seekers were made public, immigrant advocates are calling for an end to Title 42 deportations.
Borderless Magazine StaffSeptember 23, 2021
The developer who ordered the eviction will demolish the Little Village building that housed the community space La Casa del Inmigrante.
Alexandra ArriagaSeptember 16, 2021
But a lack of funding and personnel could drastically limit how many immigrants the county can represent.
Carlos BallesterosAugust 30, 2021
Inaccessible and inconsistent, statistics publicly reported by the enforcement agency contribute to its systemic mishandling of COVID-19 — underscoring a clear need for greater oversight, researchers say.
Both President Biden and Illinois Gov. Pritzker have recently changed immigration policies to better protect undocumented families. But for one local father of five, those changes have not gone far enough.
Adriana RezalJune 30, 2021
A new exception to a Trump-era border policy has allowed some transgender people and other members of “vulnerable populations” to enter the United States and seek asylum.
The Midwest Immigration Bond Fund Coalition has raised more than $35,000 to bail out detained immigrants from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Kentucky.
Alexandra ArriagaJune 9, 2021
A bill passed Monday by the Illinois General Assembly would allow the Cook County public defender’s office to represent immigrants at the Chicago Immigration Court.
Carlos BallesterosJune 3, 2021
A class action lawsuit is pressuring the government to process freedom of information requests for critical immigration documents faster. However, immigrants and advocates worry that the recent changes are not enough.
Alexander ShurJune 1, 2021
The Illinois General Assembly passed a sweeping immigration bill that would close all immigrant detention centers in the state and severely restrict how local law enforcement can collaborate with federal immigration agents.
Carlos BallesterosJune 1, 2021
A Chicago mother explains how her husband’s 15-year-old conviction led to three deportations and a family torn apart.
Rita OcegueraApril 27, 2021
Hena Mansori, the head of the new immigration unit at the Cook County Public Defender's Office, offers advice for noncitizens who come into contact with the justice system.
Rita OcegueraApril 1, 2021
A new unit within the Cook County public defender's office wants better representation for noncitizens clients at risk of being deported.
Carlos BallesterosMarch 31, 2021
In the midst of a housing crisis that has left immigrant renters among the most vulnerable, a group of immigrant punk rock musicians are fighting to stay at a commercial building they’ve called home for years.
Alexandra ArriagaFebruary 24, 2021
Alderman Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez representing Chicago’s 33rd Ward speaks about Chicago as a Sanctuary City and it’s new Welcoming City Ordinance, which provides expanded protections to immigrants.
Diane Bou KhalilFebruary 10, 2021
A group of congressional Democrats, led by U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” García of Illinois, is renewing the push for sweeping legislation that would dismantle many segments of the so-called prison-to-deportation pipeline.
Carlos BallesterosFebruary 2, 2021
After applying for deportation relief in a Chicago suburb, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico faces anti-immigration policies and bureaucratic delays.
Yilun ChengJanuary 13, 2021
Black Lives Matter protests and the growing movement to disband Nigeria’s controversial SARS police unit are driving urgent conversations on race and identity among people of the African diaspora.
Sarah LuyengiDecember 2, 2020
During the day, immigrant teenagers attend high school. At night, they work in factories to pay debts to smugglers and send money to family. The authorities aren’t surprised by child labor. They’re also not doing much about it.
Melissa SanchezNovember 23, 2020
Less than a day after voting polls closed, immigrant community members rallied in downtown Chicago to defend the election.
Cheaper medicine and doctor visits have drawn Mexican-Americans to Ciudad Juárez during the pandemic, despite concerns about COVID.
Claudia HernándezOctober 28, 2020
About 15 Rohingya Refugees gathered at Warren Park to vote for the first time after being denied that right in their native Myanmar.
On the outskirts of Rantoul, in east-central Illinois, about 100 migrant farmworkers are living at an old hotel in a sleepy part of town.
Allegations include guards attacking victims in camera “blind spots” and telling them that “no one would believe” them in ICE detention centers, which imprison about 50,000 immigrants each year at a taxpayer expense of $2.7 billion.
Lomi KrielSeptember 17, 2020
Trump's executive order has kept 37,000 Diversity Immigrant Visa lottery winners from coming to the US.
How Trump’s new executive order impacts American companies and immigrants who work or want to work in the United States.
Claudia HernándezJuly 8, 2020
Vanessa Esparza-López, a supervising attorney with the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Immigrant Legal Defense Project, explains how the Supreme Court's ruling will impact DACA recipients.
For Mexican immigrant Selina Armenta, today’s Supreme Court decision on DACA means that her life can remain stable a little longer.
The Supreme Court rejected President Trump's termination of DACA today. The policy has allowed over 825,000 immigrants to work and go to school in the United States since 2012.
Trump promised that information from DACA applications would not be sent to deportation agents. But internal emails show that ICE can access databases where that information is kept — and DHS decided not to tell Congress.
Dara LindJune 17, 2020
Local Assyrian leaders are encouraging community members to participate and write in ‘Assyrian’ as their race in this year’s census after massive undercounting in previous national surveys.
Ata YounanMay 6, 2020
A coronavirus outbreak at a Heartland Alliance facility on Chicago’s South Side may be the largest outbreak of the virus in any shelter for immigrant youth in the country.
Melissa SanchezApril 15, 2020
A special excerpt from César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández's forthcoming book "Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants"
César Cuauhtémoc García HernándezNovember 27, 2019
After fleeing war, many refugees who come to Chicago face new traumas in a city that had nearly 3,000 shooting victims last year. But the health services that once existed to support them are now being gutted.
Nissa RheeNovember 20, 2019
Borderless talks to the National Immigrant Justice Center's Hannah Cartwright about the challenges asylum seekers and refugees are facing today.
Sarah ConwayOctober 30, 2019
Women’s March Illinois organizers hosted a candlelight vigil in downtown Chicago on April 13 to show solidarity with Syrians who have been displaced or suffered because of the civil war in that country.
Alex V. HernandezApril 18, 2017
Suzanne Akhras Sahloul is the founder and executive director of the Syrian Community Network, which helps Syrian refugees make a new home in the Chicago area.
Sarah ConwayFebruary 20, 2017