Immigration news, from Chicago’s neighborhoods to America’s borders, including legal, political and humanitarian coverage.
Migrants at a detention center in Ciudad Juarez set fire to mattresses when they learned they would be deported. At least 40 people were killed, authorities say.
Patients rack up big medical bills because they don’t know financial help is available. A proposed law would mandate that hospitals screen the uninsured for financial aid.
The new bill will allow the attorney general’s office to investigate and fine employers that threaten to check a whistleblower’s citizenship status or ask them to produce immigration documents.
A new batch of cameras will be mounted on CTA buses and other public transit vehicles. Drivers caught impeding traffic flow in bus and bike lanes and loading zones will be fined automatically after one warning.
Starting this month, recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will see a decrease in their benefits after a coronavirus pandemic-era funding boost ended.
The family of Rona Rozo who died by suicide in December has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.
Norberto Navarro-Torres saw a 2017 car crash that killed a pregnant woman and her three children. He was willing to testify but was held in jail anyway while Will sheriff’s officers planned to turn him over to ICE after he took the stand.
CPS said it’s working with city and state officials to enroll kids in schools located near city shelters. But sources tell WBEZ that neighborhood schools often lack the staff and curriculum to work with non-English-speaking students.
DCFS blocking undocumented survivors of child abuse from applying for visas allowing them to stay in U.S.
The Illinois child-welfare agency for years has refused to issue “U visa” certifications to survivors of child abuse despite a law mandating that it must decide whether they qualify within 90 business days after they apply.
Community groups and volunteers are stepping up to assist — and sometimes take into their homes — new immigrants seeking refuge around the Chicago area as shelters fill up and temporary housing spaces, including shuttered schools, spark controversy.
Johnson proposed, among other things, that all residents, regardless of citizenship status, be able to vote for Chicago Board of Education members — a concept also embraced by one of his mayoral rivals, U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
Ald. Silvana Tabares, whose 23rd Ward includes the property, said she wants the local community to have a say on the process and safety concerns before it proceeds.
Police issue citations as activists attempt to enter shuttered Woodlawn school housing newly arrived immigrants
The city’s plans to transform the shuttered James Wadsworth Elementary School into a temporary shelter for migrants seeking asylum has been met with controversy in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood.
POLL: Chicagoans want more help for newly arrived immigrants — despite controversy over South Side shelter
A majority of Chicago voters think local government should provide more assistance to the hundreds of recently arrived immigrants, according to a Sun-Times/WBEZ/Telemundo Chicago/NBC5 poll.
The donation is intended to allow the school’s immigration law clinic to represent more clients, hire another attorney and fund ongoing programs and operations.
Applications open for one-time $500 payments aimed at providing relief to domestic workers, undocumented immigrants
The Chicago Resiliency Fund 2.0 is aimed at providing cash assistance to households excluded from the federal 2020 and 2021 stimulus checks that provided economic relief from the coronavirus pandemic.
At least 3 busloads of recently arrived immigrants were dropped off at a once-shuttered South Side school that has been transformed into a shelter. Two protesters tried to stop a bus from reaching the former Wadsworth Elementary School.
Nearly five years after being separated at the U.S. border along Texas, a Chicago father and son have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to hold the government accountable for what happened to them.
February will be the last month Illinois recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive an additional allotment that had been part of coronavirus pandemic relief efforts.
As hundreds of asylum seekers arrive in the Chicago area, the death of one newly arrived immigrant illustrates the complex mental health problems they could face as they try to settle into a new life.
Weeks after a shooter opened fire outside of Benito Juárez Community Academy, leaders in the school and the community worry the mass shooting will overshadow strides made throughout school’s storied history.
Woodlawn residents share deep frustrations as city outlines plans to open temporary shelter for asylum seekers in shuttered school
Plans to repurpose the former James Wadsworth Elementary School in Woodlawn into a temporary shelter for asylum seekers has been met with controversy. City officials delayed opening the site to allow for more community feedback.
About 15 migrants — primarily from Venezuela — are staying at the center until Friday, when they will be moved to another location, according to a person who said he arrived there Monday.