Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

U.S. President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

Local Politicians Rally In Support Of Obama’s Immigration Policy

In what may be the defining moment of his second term, President Obama signed an executive order allowing millions of illegal immigrants to temporarily stay in the United States.

11/22/2014

A new Illinois law would allow undocumented immigrants to get a Temporary Visitor Driver's License like this one, but some immigrant groups worry that, because the license has a different color than standard licenses, police would immediately know a person with such a license is in the U.S. illegally. (Photo courtesy Illinois Secretary of State)

Activists Angry With Slow Pace Of Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

Some immigrants’ rights groups are upset about how long it takes for undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses in Illinois, under a program that started one year ago.

10/24/2014

Cardinal Francis George joins several African-American religious leaders to voice opposition to proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

George Defends Pulling Funding For Immigrant Group Over Same-Sex Marriage Stance

Accused of using immigrants as “pawns in a political battle” over same-sex marriage, Cardinal Francis George defended the decision to halt Catholic Church funding for immigrant rights groups that support gay marriage.

07/30/2013

Immigrant Group Sets Up Hotline For Families Facing Deportation

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has launched a new hotline to help immigrant families who face being split up by deportation.

WBBM Newsradio–09/19/2011

U.S. Rep Luis Gutierrez (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Gutierrez Pleased, Hopeful About Change In Deportation Policy

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) has launched a new push to inform immigrants about new deportation rules.

CBS Chicago–08/30/2011

Immigration

Immigrant Advocates Slam Federal Deportation Program

State lawmakers and advocates for immigrants’ rights are condemning a federal program, which they say is targeting families and not the worst criminals for which it was designed.

WBBM Newsradio–03/29/2011

Immigrant groups and their supporters stage a protest rally. (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Immigrant Rights Group Wants Probe Of Deportation Program

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to investigate its own Secure Communities program for deporting illegal aliens after encounters with local police.

WBBM Newsradio–01/15/2011