Where’s the Justice? – Covering Immigration

The immigration reform buzz hasn’t changed one thing.

The arrest and shuffling off of thousands.

What exactly is happening?

From excellent journalism by the Chicago Reporter, we learn that speedy deportations have consumed thousands from the Chicago area and across the nation.

“From October 2007 through September 2011, more than 460,000 deportations were carried out under re-instatements across the country, shows an analysis of U.S. Department of Homeland Security records by The Chicago Reporter. Like Monreal, these immigrants were deported without the opportunity to appear before an immigration judge.

More than 8,300 of these re-instatements came in the Chicago “area of responsibility,” overseen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency of homeland security.

In recent years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been deporting more and more immigrants by bypassing formal court proceedings, the Reporter found. Reinstatement is one of several legal strategies devised for this effort. Others are known as “administrative orders,” “expedited removals,” “stipulated order of removals,” “visa waiver removals” and “voluntary returns.” All of these procedures enable speedy deportations without a judicial hearing.’


We’ll be talking about how the US deals with the millions of undocumented and other issues key to understanding immigrants and immigration at our forum on Tuesday, May 7th.

We will meeting from 10 am to noon at room 101, 33 East Congress, Columbia, College,

Along with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, we’ve put together a gathering of more than a dozen groups and individuals involved in some aspect of understand immigration today.

We will be talking about:

How immigrants enrich our culture and our economy.

How immigrants have changed politics and what more changes are coming.

How immigrants face discrimination

How immigrants find new lives in Chicago and its suburbs

How the immigration reform efforts are likely to pan out, and how that will touch the thousands here – their families, the places they work, their communities, their links here and overseas.

From the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to the National Immigrant Justice Center, to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society to the Asian American Institute  and to the Polish Initiative to the Immigrant Youth Justice League to the Chicago Cultural Alliance and more, you will be able to talk about stories that matter today more than ever.

Our meetings are reporter friendly.  That means you will be able to talk separately with these individuals and groups, who will be staffing tables set around a large meeting room.

Why should you join us?

If you want to learn about the best sources and best community organizations and contacts to fill out your reporting, you’ll get that from our workshop.

What more will you get from the meeting?

If you are looking for immigrant voices, we’ll help you get them. In fact, if you let us know in advance, we’ll help you look for folks who can talk in the some of the languages of Chicago’s immigrants.

You won’t leave without a story in mind. Trust us.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is our partner at for this event.

If you want more information about our meeting on May 7th, talk to me, Stevebey@live.com, office 312 369 6400, cell 773 595 8667

Also you can contact Monica Trevino at ICIRR at cell (773) 573-8667 mtrevino@icirr.org.

And after our gathering, you won’t want to miss the forum that the Chicago Reporter is presenting on Monday, May 13 at 5:30 pm

“Still in the Shadows?” A Community Forum on Immigration

Free community forum and town hall meeting, looking at the hot-button debate on immigration reform.

Special Guest:  U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, a national leader on immigration reform.
Location: Lincoln United Methodist Church, 2242 S. Damen Ave., Chicago

source: NPR

saludos, Steve



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