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Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Elise Foley

Thousands Apply For Deferred Action Immigration Waiver On First Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 08.16.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Nayeli Manzano, a 16-year-old undocumented immigrant, woke at midnight Wednesday after about an hour of sleep. A friend had called, saying ...

Country's First 24-Hour Hotline For Undocumented Immigrant Launches

Posted 11.19.2011 | Chicago

The nation's first 24-hour hotline for undocumented immigrants seeking information about deportation went live in Chicago Monday. The legal aid hot...

Why the Anti-immigrant Dog Did Not Bark in Illinois

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

In the current environment of racialized fear and polarization against immigrants across the U.S., the hard work of immigrant advocates in Illinois provides some crucial lessons.

GOP Immigration Strategy: Full throttle on the wrong track

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, had a thorough piece in today's Chicago Tribune on just w...

Congressional Races Could Hinge On Immigrants: Report

Chicago Public Radio | Chip Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A report based on new voter-registration data predicts Latino immigrants will play a big role in Chicago-area Congressional races. An Illinois Coalit...

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

Joshua Hoyt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Hoyt

In America we change broken and stupid laws - that is how women got the vote and Jim Crow segregation was ended. We will have immigration enforcement that works only when we create legal avenues for workers to come to the U.S. to do the many entry-level jobs our economy has created and only when we legalize the 12 million undocumented workers who are already contributing to our nation with their sweat.