Southland Immigration Weekly News and Links, March 12 2017.

A weekly list of news stories, events and resources concerning immigration and immigrant communities in the Chicago Southland.

March 1-12, 2017.

  1. Deportation Center makes sudden move to Kankakee
    “A huge shift in how federal authorities detain local undocumented immigrants has sparked widespread concern among immigration attorneys, who said they and the families of their clients have been left in the dark.  The local branch of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week quietly stopped transferrin­­g Mexico-bound detainees to a processing center in west suburban Broadview. Instead, it is now taking those individuals to the Kankakee County Detention Center, which is nearly 70 miles south of Chicago.”  ICE and local officials plan to build new runways at the Kankakee Airport for deportations.
  1. Upcoming Event to feature Immigrant Resource Organizations
    “Join us for Onward Together, a Chicago area volunteer and advocacy fair. This two-day event will be held on Saturday, April 1 in Pilsen and Sunday, April 2 in Lakeview. Onward Together has a simple goal: We want to connect organizations in the Chicago area with the people who are eager to volunteer and help protect our most vulnerable communities.”
  1. Huge Turn Out for St. Barnabas Immigrant Community event Over 800 attendees at the event on 3/2. “Motivated by Cardinal Blaise Cupich’s statement decrying the recent presidential executive order to turn away refugees from the United States, parishioners and leaders of St. Barnabas Church felt compelled to respond in a positive way to recent anti-immigrant acts and language, both nationally and locally. The evening [featured] speakers, music, poetry and refugee testaments to learn more about the challenges faced by the Muslim, refugee and immigrant communities.”
  1. Her Husband and Kids are US Citizens, but this Chicago area mom is going to be deported anyway. She had even applied for citizenship.  She was detained after reporting to ICE for her annual check-in.