Immigration

Farmers have been struggling for years to hire enough workers, and increasingly turn to the H-2A temporary visa program.

Previously, farmers took out print newspaper ads for positions they were hiring for. But starting in late October, the U.S. Department of Labor will manage those postings on a government website and use state workforce agencies to advertise jobs locally.

Immigrants to Illinois are now able to sue their landlords if they are evicted because of their citizenship status.


In the face of renewed threats from President Trump to conduct immigration raids, Governor JB Pritzker and Attorney General Kwame Raoul reiterated their commitment to working hand in hand to use every tool at their disposal to protect Illinois' immigrant families.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a series of laws meant to protect immigrants in Illinois. The Democrat says it’s a direct response to the rhetoric and actions of President Donald Trump.

A man living in the country illegally has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for unlawfully re-entering the U.S.

The Southeast Missourian reports 29-year-old Gabriel Santos-Caporal was sentenced Monday in federal court.

Illinois lawmakers approved legislation banning local police officers from acting as Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputies.

Legislation being considered in the Illinois House could cancel plans for a proposed ICE detention facility in Dwight.

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Trustees of a small village near Chicago are moving closer to allowing a private immigration detention center to be built in the area, despite pushback from activists and communities.

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President Trump spoke about border security at the White House. Congress passed a compromise spending measure Thursday to avert a government that includes some funding for the border barrier. But the White House says Trump will also sign an emergency declaration that will allow him to divert additional funds to build a wall as he has long promised.

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Illinois News Connection

Illinois' economy could become a casualty should negotiations fail in Washington on U.S. immigration policy.

While the state is 12th nationally for the size of its foreign-born population, new data from personal finance site WalletHub ranks Illinois 8th for the economic impact of immigrants.

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State of Illinois

Illinois Governor J.B Pritzker took what he is calling a proactive approach to welcome immigrants and their families to Illinois, ensuring that they're supported and know their rights.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was among Democratic lawmakers who called on President Trump to reopen the federal government Wednesday.


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Congressman Mike Bost's office

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost says House democrats are going to propose a budget that does not include five billion dollars for border security.

The Murphysboro republican says he's been behind funding for border security from the start.

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SIU

One of the nearly 13-hundred candidates to graduate from SIU-Carbondale December 15 believes he has an exciting, if somewhat, uncertain future.

Giovanni Galindo moved to the U.S. from Mexico with his family at the age of six. Now, the 21-year-old is ready to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Cinematography.

The Illinois legislature has approved the so-called Voices Act, overriding a veto from Governor Bruce Rauner. It's aimed at helping certain immigrants obtain special visas.


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President Donald Trump is promising to end birthright citizenship through an executive order.

Trump's vow to end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil will have to find a way around the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

Angie Gomez has seen and heard plenty of stories about how hard it is for unauthorized immigrants and migrant farmworkers in rural areas to find lawyers to help them apply for or change their legal status.

Coming to America in 2018: Would you be Welcome?

Sep 20, 2018
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Southern Illinois Immigration Project

Local advocacy groups in Carbondale are presenting an interactive game where participants will experience the setbacks, challenges and costs of legally immigrating to the United States.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner last week vetoed several immigration related proposals ... earning the ire of advocates and some lawmakers in the General Assembly.

Governor Bruce Rauner profited from a health care firm that works with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detention centers – according to a recent report from Politico.

As news has centered on the plight of hundreds of families who have been separated while trying to enter the US through Mexico, concern has been raised over the ultimate destiny of about 1,500 children being held in detention centers and shelters. There are at least 66 of those children in Chicago, according to Heartland Alliance, a non-profit with nine shelters for unaccompanied minors there.

The White House has issued an executive order that purports to end the separation of children from their parents at the border.

U.S. Rep. Bost Says Separating Families at Border is Not New

Jun 19, 2018

A southern Illinois congressman says the Trump administration policy of separating parents from children at the border is not new policy.

The Murphysboro republican says the Obama administration policy also carried out the practice.

Immigrants' rights advocates are close to celebrating what they consider a win in Illinois, especially for domestic abuse survivors. They are hoping Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign 'The Voices Act' soon, as it passed out of the state's General Assembly during the final days of the spring legislative session.

One group in Illinois is pushing lawmakers to pass legislation to protect DACA recipients before a quickly approaching deadline.

President Trump's deadline for Congress to pass a DREAM Act is March fifth. If that deadline passes, DACA recipients will start to be deported from the U.S.

Trump campaigned on building a wall between the border of Mexico and the U.S. While it appears he's willing to scale back that effort, targeting immigrants who do not have protected status remains near the top of his agenda. 

About a hundred students traveled to Washington D.C. last week to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act. Among them was Bruna Cardoso, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduate student,

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Illinois News Connection

There's an important deadline this week for thousands of "Dreamers" across the state.

Thursday is the last day to apply for renewal under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, or DACA.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Wednesday issued formal guidance to state and local police on immigration law. The document outlines recent changes in federal and state policy.

Tuesday night, the Jackson County Board shut down a proposed resolution by the Immigrant Rights Project that would welcome immigrants in Southern Illinois.

Jess Jobe is a volunteer with the project and says it was a disappointing evening.

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