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Immigration Reform

Dick Durbin

Durbin: Blame House GOP, Not Obama For Immigration Reform Delay

Some advocates for comprehensive immigration reform have expressed outrage that President Barack Obama won’t take executive action to impose reforms until after the fall elections, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said he won’t criticize the president’s decision.

09/09/2014

Congressman Luis Gutierrez calls on President Barack Obama to use his executive powers to stop deportations. (Credit: CBS)

Gutierrez Urges Obama To Take Immediate Action To Halt Deportations

Joined by several families facing deportation, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) on Tuesday demanded President Barack Obama take “immediate” action that would prevent those families and others from being torn apart.

07/08/2014

U.S. Capitol Dome

Schneider: Lack Of Immigration Reform Holding Back Economy

A year after the U.S. Senate approved a comprehensive immigration reform plan, North Shore Congressman Brad Schneider said it’s unfortunate the bill remains stalled in the House.

06/27/2014

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois)

Rep. Gutierrez Undeterred On Immigration Reform Despite Tea Party Victory

A key primary victory for the Tea Party doesn’t seem to be discouraging Congressman Luis Gutierrez as he presses the case for immigration legislation in Congress, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/11/2014

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Local Politicians, Business Leaders Call On Congress To Pass Immigration Reform

Governor Quinn, Mayor Emanuel and other elected officials joined some of the area’s top business people in again demanding a congressional vote on comprehensive immigration reform, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/09/2014

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Group Of Chicago-Area Nuns Pressuring Congress On Immigration Reform

A group of nuns from the Chicago area are hoping they can push Congress to pass immigration reform at last, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

05/17/2014

Ireland President Michael Higgins (right) speaks to reporters after visiting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel at City Hall on Friday. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Irish President Visits City Hall, Talks Immigration With Mayor

The President of Ireland stopped by City Hall to exchange pleasantries and some frank talk with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

05/09/2014

Elvira Arellano returned to Adalberto United Methodist Church on Sunday, nearly seven years after she ended a yearlong stay to avoid deportation. She was deported in 2007, but returned to the U.S. in March 2014 to renew her fight for immigration reform. (Credit: CBS)

Immigrant Activist Brings Reform Fight Back To Chicago

A familiar face in the debate over immigration rights was back in Chicago on Monday, nearly seven years after she was deported to Mexico, following her yearlong stay in a local church to avoid deportation.

03/24/2014

Immigrant rights activist Elvira Arellano, a Mexican immigrant, stands with her son Saul at a press conference inside the Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago on Aug. 15, 2007. Arellano took refuge in the church for a year after she was ordered to report to the U.S. immigration office to face deportation. She eventually left the church to lobby Congress for immigration reform, and was deported. (Credit:  JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Activist Immigrant Who Took Refuge In Chicago Church Returns To U.S.

A Mexican immigrant who made international headlines seven years ago for living in a Chicago church while fighting to stay in the U.S. with her son before she was deported has returned from Mexico, seeking asylum for humanitarian reasons.

03/19/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses an anti-violence summit at Chicago State University. (CBS)

Bipartisan Panel Calls For Immigration Reform

A bipartisan panel of political powerhouses is saying that comprehensive Immigration Reform is coming, despite some stumbling blocks, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

02/18/2014

Mayor Emanuel talks with parishioners at St. Pius Thursday. (CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Fasts In Name Of Immigration Reform

Mayor Emanuel is vowing to fast for 24 hours to join those in Washington pushing for immigration reform. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

12/12/2013

Activists at a November rally for immigration reform legislation stage a sit-in at Clark and Congress Parkway. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor, Aldermen To Fast In Support Of Immigration Reform

The mayor’s office says the 54-year-old’s fast will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday when Emanuel speaks during an event at a church on the city’s South Side. He’ll be attending a Mass at St. Pious Church to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

12/12/2013

Rep. Jan Schakowsky getting arrested at an immigration reform rally. (Credit: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's office)

Reps Schakowsky, Gutierrez Arrested At Immigration Rally In Washington

U.S. Reps Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutierrez were both arrested after blocking a street near the U.S. Capitol as part of a rally for immigration reform.

10/08/2013

Rep. Dan Lipinski

Protesters Call For Rep. Lipinski To Fix Immigration System

Today’s storms didn’t stop an immigration rally in front of Congressman Dan Lipinski’s office on the Southwest Side.

08/31/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a naturalization ceremony for 67 immigrants who became U.S. Citizens on July 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Urges House Republicans To Pass Immigration Reform Bill

Mayor Rahm Emanuel this Independence Day is challenging House Republicans to take up the immigration issue and pass a federal law that sets a clear path to citizenship.

WBBM Newsradio–07/04/2013

U.S. Capitol Dome

Durbin Hopes Senate Immigration Deal Convinces House To Vote Yes

While chances for sweeping immigration reform have improved with a Senate package of border security measures added to a bill backed by the White House, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said the proposal remains chancy in the House.

06/21/2013

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Schakowsky Optimistic For Immigration Reform

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky says she is hopeful about the chances for comprehensive Immigration Reform on Capitol Hill this year. She spoke as she joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi here in Chicago, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/29/2013

Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Chicago Priest Crosses Mexican Border Illegally To Highlight Immigration Reform

Fr. Gary Graf, of St. Gall Catholic Church on the Southwest Side first spent a couple of days in Mexico before hopping a border fence.

04/27/2013

Border Patrol (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Suburban Students Propose Their Own Immigration Reform Plan

After 2nd graders from Riley Elementary in Arlington Heights recited facts about the history of immigration in the U.S., some 7th graders took the stage at London Middle School in Wheeling to outline their proposals before their peers and politicians.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2013

About 300 Latino demonstrators marched from Daley Plaza to Federal Plaza on Jan. 21, 2013, -- the day of President Barack Obama's second inauguration -- to call for immigration reform and a moratorium on deportations. (Credit: CBS)

Hundreds Of Latino Activists March For Immigration Reform During Inauguration

Four busloads of Latino activists marched from Daley Plaza to Federal Plaza on Monday, to demand President Barack Obama focus on immigration reform during his second term.

WBBM Newsradio–01/21/2013

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