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Joshua Hoyt

Entries by Joshua Hoyt

Toward a More Inclusive, Healthy Union

(5) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 12:38 PM

Two and a half years ago Congressman Joe Wilson called out across the well of Congress, "YOU LIE, Mr. President." If the never-ending news cycles leave you struggling to recall exactly what President Obama was accused of lying about, it was the inclusion of undocumented immigrants in the yet-to-be-passed healthcare...

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What Do 396,906 Deportations Mean? 654,895 Children Lose A Parent

(11) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 8:41 PM

Illinois elected officials Gutierrez, Curran, Quinn, and Durbin lead courageous defense of immigrant families.

On Tuesday the Obama administration's Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it has deported 396,906 immigrants in the past year. This is the highest number of deportations in U.S. history.


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Courage: Cairo, Egypt

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 12:04 PM

Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt: Graffiti portrait stenciled on a tree of a woman killed in the fight for Democracy during the "Egyptian Spring" Revolution. The inscription says: "My rights are on with you."
Few Americans understand...
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Cairo, Egypt: An American To Be Proud Of

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 11:46 AM

Last Wednesday, September 28th, at the Cairo Physician's Syndicate I attended a talk by U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison during his first visit to Egypt. Congressman Ellison is an African American Democrat representing a diverse district in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For those here in Cairo his visit is not just a run...

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Governor Quinn Celebrates New Americans

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 11:19 AM

 On Saturday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) along with dozens of immigrant organizations to celebrate the New Americans Initiative's 1,000th citizenship workshop.  The workshop was part of the One Nation, One Dream: Immigrant Integration Summit, which featured a moving...

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Democracy for Some

(128) Comments | Posted December 18, 2010 | 3:42 PM

Today our Democracy was expanded when the U.S. Senate voted to allow gay men and women to serve proudly and openly in defense of our nation. But today Illinois Senator Mark Kirk joined a Republican filibuster and, with a minority of 41 votes, also blocked the DREAM Act...

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12 Illinois University Presidents Sign on to the DREAM Act

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 5:40 PM

The following is a statement by University Presidents in the State of Illinois showing their support for the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act allows children of undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least five years, graduated from high school, and are of good moral character...

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On Mosques, Borders, and Our 'Nation of Immigrants' This Election Season

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2010 | 10:49 PM

For those who spend their time trying to defend America's grand tradition as a "nation of immigrants," election seasons have become predictable trials by excruciating fire.

Today's "Radical Muslim Jihadists" and the "ILLEGAL immigrant INVASION" have replaced yesterday's "Welfare Queens" or "Hippie Communist Subversives" as the biennial targets of hateful...

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Arizona Lawsuit: Federal Stand for Reasonable Immigration Policies

(38) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 5:07 PM

The Obama Administration has taken a decisive stand against Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB 1070. The Justice Department has filed a federal complaint against the state, and is seeking to block enforcement of SB 1070 before it takes effect this month.

SB 1070 makes it a criminal...

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Congressman Kirk's Immigrant Blind Spot May Cost Him Dearly

(16) Comments | Posted August 31, 2009 | 10:49 AM

At last week's heavily attended town hall meeting on health care reform in Arlington Heights Congressman Mark Kirk continued to propagate what Newsweek just called one of "The Five Biggest Lies in the Health Care Debate": that proposed reforms will provide health insurance to illegal immigrants.


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Illinois Immigrant Action: Pushing for Solutions, Not Senseless Deportations

(4) Comments | Posted August 19, 2009 | 8:32 PM

Wednesday marks the start of two full weeks of action, prayer, and protest on immigration.

People of faith and community leaders from across the state will join immigrant advocates from my organization, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), to mobilize for just and humane immigration...

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Kapow! Two More Bite the Dust as Immigrants Celebrate on Election Night

(8) Comments | Posted April 8, 2009 | 1:20 PM

The list of politicians in Illinois who engage in open immigrant bashing is thankfully small, and after Tuesday's election it just shrank by two. New Congressman Mike Quigley easily dispatched Illinois Minuteman Project founder Rosanna Pulido to replace Rahm Emanuel in the 5th Congressional District, and in Waukegan the...

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Democracy and the Inclusion of the Undocumented

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2008 | 12:34 PM

The election of Barack Obama president of the United States of America has sent a powerful message that the genius of our American Democracy at its best is inclusion.

Obama, the son of a white single mother and a Kenyan immigrant, represents the American Dream that every one of our...

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The Threatening "Silliness" of U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2008 | 12:16 AM

Last week when U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) announced its new "Self Deportation" program aimed at 457,000 undocumented immigrants without criminal records , I confess I was not shy in saying what I thought of the program.

In the Chicago Tribune, I called "Operation Scheduled Departure"...

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