15 days left!

Dear Friends and Supporters!

There are 15 days until our annual Dream Gala, so please save the date! Our 8th Annual Dream Gala is on Friday, April 21st, 2017! Join us to celebrate the 2017 Dream Scholarship recipients and enjoy a night of live music and performances, dancing, a paddle raise and a silent auction. Help us raise funds in support of undocumented students’ pursuit of higher education.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets are now available to purchase through our Eventbrite! Last day to purchase general admission tickets will be on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send us an email!

We will celebrate our 8th Annual Dream Gala on Friday, April 21, 2017 at The Local 399 Union Hall and will award $10,000 in scholarships to five deserving undocumented students. Our goal is to raise $30,000 and are expecting over 350 of our supporters to attend, additionally more than 1,000 followers of our website and other social media outlets will hear about the event and the generosity of donors, like you!

Whether you’re a new or returning sponsor, your funds will go towards a great cause! We need your help raising funds – if you’re interested in helping us, please download the sponsorship packet and begin the donation process now! You can download the form here.

Action Alert! Sign on to support Chicago Welcoming City ordinances!

Today, we are asking you to sign on to support amending the Chicago Welcoming City ordinance (click here!)

Welcoming city ordinances limit collaboration between local law enforcement and immigration enforcement officers and promote trust within communities.

Chicago’s current ordinance still allows the police to arrest and turn an immigrant over to ICE in certain cases, and still does not prevent city participation in a Muslim registry or other abuses. So we continue to mobilize for more protective ordinances! We are energized from the victory in Oak Park with our member organization PASO – West Suburban Action Project, and we are working hard to pass a new Chicago Welcoming ordinance, with amendments similar to Oak Park’s comprehensive Welcoming Ordinance!

It is more urgent than ever to fight for a comprehensive Welcoming Ordinance in Chicago in light of more cases of questionable ICE activities.

This past Mondaya man was shot inside his home during an interaction with ICE in Belmont Cragin. This kind of incident is unacceptable, and our community is demanding a transparent investigation. Thanks to our member organization, Communities United, for leading this call for accountability during a press conference yesterday.

Get Involved-Stay Involved! 
Save the date for our upcoming community event how to organize to expand sanctuary in Chicago and pass the amendments to strengthen the Welcoming City Ordinance,
Saturday, April 8, 2017 RSVP Here
11:00 – 1:00 pm,
 at SEIU Healthcare, 2229 S. Halsted

Please get in touch with Phoebe pflaherty@icirr.org if you’re interested in learning more or getting involved. 

News and events for immigrants, refugees, and advocates

The Office of New Americans (ONA) works to ensure that Chicago is a welcoming city. Here are some news and events for immigrants, refugees, and advocates:

  1. The Municipal ID Ordinance

The Municipal ID Ordinance was introduced at City Council on March 29, 2017. The Ordinance implements recommendations from Chicago residents, community organizations, and the City’s Municipal ID Working Group, which was launched in July 2015.

  1. Rahm, Preckwinkle to defy Sessions over sanctuary city funding

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said they will stand firm on policies sheltering illegal immigrants even after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday he will cut —or even “claw back”— Justice Department funds flowing to “sanctuary” cities, counties or states.

  1. Know Your Rights Community Event at Hernandez Middle School In Gage Park

Legal staff from NIJC will explain what your rights are, discuss safety planning and answer immigration-related questions from community members.

April 1, 2017, 10am-12:30pm, Hernandez Middle School, 3510 W 55th St, Chicago, Illinois, 60632

  1. IHA Youth Resource Guide for Mental Health

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association’s (IHA) Behavioral Health Advisory Forum recently developed a guide, Illinois Youth Resources for Mental Health, Well-Being & Resilience, with an emphasis on suicide prevention and marginalized youth. For the Spanish language translation of the guide, click here.

Resources include helplines, direct services, and additional supports. Information to support families, parents, caregivers, professionals and the media has also been provided. In addition to serving as a trusted resource, this guide is also intended to support community collaboration and coordination to enhance health and well-being.

  1. Protecting immigrants: How providers can serve immigrants and their families in a challenging climate

Medical providers, hospital administrators and public health advocates from across Chicagoland are invited to a special webinar on April 4, 2017, at 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM CDT.

Learn how you can:

    • Protect the rights of all patients
    • Provide accurate information to immigrants
    • Follow best practices for data collection
    • Respond to government requests for information
    • Support staff and their families
    • Create a welcoming and supportive environment for immigrants and their families

Cities for Action Convening in San Francisco, CA on March 24, 2017

Thank you,

Mayor’s Office of New Americans

Learn more about what we do.

We Cannot Allow a Language of Division and Bigotry to Be Accepted as the Norm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel meets with the Board Members of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce and local businesses on March 1st, 2017
The Office of New Americans (ONA) works to ensure that Chicago is a welcoming city for immigrants. Here are some events and opportunities for immigrants:
The Mayor gave an impassioned speech during City Council as questions lingered about the federal administration’s response to instances of bigotry and hatred reported around the country: “We cannot allow a language of division and bigotry to be accepted as the norm.”
The Immigration Assistance Workshop will provide information for businesses as well as for people seeking assistance with immigration matters.  The City of Chicago protects its most vulnerable residents by requiring persons and businesses that offer immigration assistance to obtain a license, to provide disclosures to customers, and to limit the services the business may offer.
To register email bacpoutreach@cityofchicago.org or call312.744.2086.
Chicago Resident Service Fair
Talk with experts to access essential services in your community. Saturday, March 11 from 10am to 1pm. Olive-Harvey College 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave. More information attached to this email (in English and Spanish).
As the Trump administration aggressively ramps up deportations of undocumented immigrants, some K-12 leaders have pledged to protect the rights and privacy of students who don’t have legal immigration status. Some vow schools are “sanctuaries” where educators won’t cooperate with authorities to identify or take action against undocumented students and families. But the fast-moving, politically charged situation has also created confusion for educators about what they can and can’t do.
Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich told priests on Tuesday that if federal immigration authorities knock on the doors of their parishes without a warrant, priests should turn them away and call the archdiocese’s lawyers. Catholic school principals have been told to do the same.
The National Immigrant Justice Center answers some Frequently Asked Questions. See the files attached to this email (in English, Spanish, and French.)
Thank you,
Mayor’s Office of New Americans

Important resources and news for immigrants

Building Bridges, Not Walls. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Mayors of Mexico City, Guadalajara and Juarez Reaffirm Shared Commitment to All Immigrants

The Office of New Americans (ONA) works to ensure that Chicago is a welcoming city for immigrants. Here are some events and opportunities for immigrants:

Please, see and share attached information in English and Spanish.

The Chicago Board of Health today passed a resolution in support of immigrant rights, calling on all medical and healthcare providers in Chicago to adopt policies and procedures to actively protect immigrants. The resolution also reiterates Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent statements that Chicago is and will remain a sanctuary city.

See Chicago Board of Health’s Resolution to Address Public Health Concerns Related to the Rights of Immigrants (attached to this email)

  • All Chicago residents, regardless of immigration status, can use City services. To aid in these uncertain times, Mayor Emanuel has organized the Chicago Is With You Task Force to ensure that all immigrants and refugees know their rights and resources

Please, see and share attached information on the City’s resources for immigrants and refugees (available in English, Spanish, Hindi, Mandarin, Arabic, and Polish).

  • Defend Against ICE Raids and Community Arrests

Please, see and share the ICE RAID TOOLKIT, prepared Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), attached to this email.

Thank you,

Mayor’s Office of New Americans 

Learn more about what we do.

Refugees still welcome (despite failed efforts otherwise)

Immigration Quick Update

Refugee ban remains blocked

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the temporary restraining order preventing the Trump administration from applying its unlawful executive order banning entry to the United States of refugees and citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. This battle is not over. We anticipate that the administration will double down on its policy and will be unwilling to admit its error, but we have confidence that at the end of the day this executive order will not stand. Read more.

Know your safety plan

It’s important to prepare a safety plan in the event you or loved ones are caught up in immigration enforcement actions. Share this graphic with important information about your rights and tips to start your plan.

More Know Your Rights information is available on NIJC’s website.

Shop to support immigrants!

Visit Women & Children First Bookstore, which is donating 14% of sales to the National Immigrant Justice Center through tomorrow! The store is located in the Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago and is participating in With Love from Andersonville, where local businesses donate part of their sales to organizations and causes. Thanks to Women & Children First for their support!