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12 Protesters Arrested After Blocking Traffic In Downtown Chicago

Twelve protesters were arrested Tuesday (Feb. 16) morning after protests stopped traffic in downtown Chicago. The protest was led by Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) and spoke out against raids targeting undocumented families in the region.

According to ABC7, the group managed to block traffic on Congress Parkway for more than an hour, starting at 8 a.m. They were specifically protesting the Regional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Office.

Demonstrators sat on top of ladders, linked their arms and chained themselves together as they chanted “Unafraid, unafraid.”

Black Immigration Network responds to President Obama’s immigration relief announcement

 

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In response to years of mass mobilizing for immigrant rights in the face of harsh and restrictive enforcement policies, President Obama announced several executive actions that provide relief for an estimated 4 million of more than 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S.

In response to the recent announcement, The Black Immigration Network has released a statement affirming actions that unite families and mitigate the destructive impact deportations on migrant communities as a whole. 

Arizona Sheriff to be monitored after accusation of racial profiling surface

An independent monitor and community advisory board has been appointed to ensure that an Arizona sheriff isn’t practicing unconstitutional discrimination.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow found that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio singled out Latinos and prolonged detentions.

The findings came after a small group of Latinos sued the sheriff’s office for violating their constitutional rights.

The group alleged that their detention was based on their race and not crimes committed.

Associated Press Will No Longer Use Term ‘Illegal Immigrant;’ L.A. Times May Follow Suit

The L.A. Times is considering no longer using the term “illegal immigrant.”

The Associated Press has already announced that they will no longer be using the term.

Rinku Sen, president of ARC and publisher of Colorlines, says use of the word “illegal” has “become heavily racialized and targeted at people of color.”

Children Rally in Downtown Chicago for Immigration Reform

Yesterday afternoon, around 400 children marched through downtown Chicago in support of immigration reform.

Many of these latino children & youth were advocating for their parents, who are either under the shadows for lack of documentation or going through the deportation process.

It is estimated that at least 100,000 children have been affected by the lack of immigration reform and lost one, or both, parent(s) to deportation.

From NBC Chicago:

“I don’t want to get separated from my mother because .. if she leaves I don’t think I’m going to do good in school,” said 10-year-old Chris Romero.

Congress Finally Passes Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act has finally been reauthorized. It will be sent to President Obama for his signature,

Though its been reauthorized without trouble in the past, the GOP decided to stall the proceedings because of new provisions that provided protection for LGBT people, immigrants, and Native American women.

Originally passed in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act “has set the standard for how to protect women, and some men, from domestic abuse and prosecute abusers.”

Obama Throws Support Behind Plan to Reform “Out of Date and Badly Broken” Immigration Laws

Speaking at a majority Hispanic high school in Las Vegas, President Obama  voiced his support for a plan to fix our nation’s “out of date and badly broken” immigration laws.

The President is referring to a plan drafted by 8 senators – four from each party – that hopes to provide eventual citizenship for some 11 million people.

He focused specifically on three pillars of reform: the enforcement of immigration laws, providing a path to citizenship, and reforming the legal immigration system.