Southland Immigration Weekly News and Links, April 3, 2017

A weekly list of news stories, events and resources concerning immigration and immigrant communities in the Chicago Southland.  April 3rd, 2017.

1) ICE Chicago holds US Citizen in Immigration Detention center for 3 weeks without a hearing.  “Rony Chavez Aguilar was held in ICE custody for nearly three weeks without being able to see a judge, and without knowing why he was being detained.”

2) Anti-Muslim Trump Supporter Assaults Muslim Family, vandalizes home in Broad Daylight, in Long Grove, IL.  “A couple in northwest suburban Long Grove, Ill., fears they may have been targeted in a crime because of their faith. The couple’s home was damaged after someone broke in and threatened the woman who was there alone. In the terrifying encounter, two front windows of the home were shattered by giant rocks, yard lanterns were yanked out of the round and an outdoor vase was toppled over. “I was very in shock… It’s just hate. It’s just hate against our people,” said Zuhdi Abdallah, whose wife was threatened.”

3) Chicago’s Immigrant Neighborhoods begin to build “defence networks” to cope with ICE raids.  “Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), a group led by undocumented immigrants, has mobilized to start neighborhood-level defense networks aimed at protecting Chicago’s undocumented residents. These networks function like neighborhood watch programs—only instead of organizing to discourage crime in a community, their goal is to get undocumented and U.S. citizen residents working together to hold immigration officials accountable. Such networks might ask neighbors born in the U.S. to approach ICE agents entering their community to ask why they’re there, for example, or to record ICE’s interactions with neighbors on a cell phone.”

4) ICE Officers Shoot Chicagoan and US Legal Resident at his own home in Raid.  It does not appear that any undocumented immigrants were present in the home.  Investigations are continuing.

5) Chicago family fighting to stop the deportation of veteran who served 2 tours in Afghanistan. “A lawyer is fighting to keep a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan from being deported to Mexico. Army Private First Class Miguel Perez, Jr., 38, says he has been fighting deportation for roughly five years after mistakenly believing his service in the military made him a U.S. citizen by default. Perez, who was born in Mexico and moved to Chicago when he was 8, first came to the attention of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while serving a prison sentence after pleading guilty to selling cocaine in 2008, according to his attorney, Christopher Bergin.”


6) Irish groups organize pro-immigrant rallies in Chicago over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend.  From the Chicagoist: “a hundred Chicagoans’ of Irish decent rallied in Daily Plaza to decry Trump’s revamped efforts to prevent certain immigrants from entering the U.S. The rally, organized under the hashtag #YouAreMyNeighbor, brought together prominent Irish Illinois politicians including Sen. Dick Durbin. “Throughout history, many religious minorities faced discrimination. It wasn’t that long ago it was the Irish and the Catholics. Today the signs may be different, they may not say ‘Irish need not apply,’ but by orders signed by the President of the United States they read ‘no refugees, no Muslims,'” Durbin said at the rally.