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 

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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!

Immigration Updates: Support for immigrants in the spotlight

NIJC Immigration Updates
February 9, 2017

Support for immigrants in the spotlight

As President Trump has lashed out against immigrants and refugees in recent weeks, our communities have stood strong together to affirm that the United States is a welcoming country.

NIJC’s pro bono network has stepped up to help meet the growing demand for immigration legal services, catching the attention of the Chicago Tribune. A record breaking 300 attorneys, eager to represent immigrants and asylum seekers, participated in NIJC’s latest training.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments this week on the Washington district court’s stay of the president’s refugee and country ban. We expect the appeals court to issue its decision very soon and we will keep you updated with the results and what they mean for our communities.

Courts across the country are reviewing legal challenges to the president’s travel ban. NBC published an overview of these cases, including NIJC’s amicus brief supporting the district court’s decision in Washington state temporarily blocking the order.

As the courts contemplate the legality of the travel ban, NIJC is advising noncitizens traveling abroad to return to the United States as soon as possible and those already in the United States to seek legal counsel before leaving the country. NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy shared this guidance with The New York Times over the weekend.

Join the immigrant justice team

NIJC is hiring across all projects so we can continue defending immigrant rights and respond quickly to anti-immigrant actions. Work for justice and join us at this critical time! Read more about jobs at NIJC.

Attend an upcoming event

NIJC is hosting and participating in a number of events to educate the community, train pro bono attorneys, and encourage conversation about immigrant rights. Attend and spread the word about our Know Your Rights information sessions, and check out our full event calendar. We’ll be scheduling and posting additional events soon.

ALMA Stands Against President Trump’s Immigration & Refugee Executive Orders

ALMA Stands Against President Trump’s Immigration & Refugee Executive Orders

The Association of Latina/os Motivating Action (ALMA) joins the thousands of voices protesting President Trump’s Executive Orders – particularly those that ban the entry of refugees (including legal permanent residents) into our country; rush orders to build a wall along the Mexican border; and threaten to prevent federal funding for sanctuary cities and counties like Chicago and Cook County.

Not only is this an attack on immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities; these impulsive and carelessly implemented orders also put many LGBTQ individuals into increasingly dangerous situations as they are attempting to flee life-threatening situations in other countries and seek safety in the United States. This is a disturbingly dark moment in our country’s history.

During his inauguration, President Trump promised to be a leader for all Americans, yet these Executive Orders break the spirit of that commitment. Instead of building walls and further breaking families apart, Mr. Trump should focus on building bridges between communities across this country.

So many have worked so hard to create safe communities for LGBTQ people, immigrants, and refugees in Chicago, Cook County, and all across Illinois. We have seen much progress, but have always kept in mind the work still to come. The political climate during the presidential campaign, after the election and, especially, during the past couple of weeks has made our work more challenging, yet even more important. Now more than ever, we must reignite our commitment to social justice.

ALMA stands in solidarity with all of the individuals and communities affected by the Trump administration’s agenda. We stand shoulder to shoulder, ready to fight against these acts of injustice. We will continue to organize, speak out, and take action.

We encourage all of you to contact your legislators and share your frustrations. Continue to engage in dialogue with families, friends, and neighbors. Our commitment for a better world begins in our very own communities. We will not stand idly and allow the President break us apart.

In solidarity and action,

What’s going on? Executive order info, actions, resources & more

It is more important than ever that we stand up to support the immigrant community. Thank you to everyone who took action, donated, and spoke out against President Trump’s recent anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim executive orders. Here’s a brief update to help you understand what’s going on and how you can help.

The executive orders

  • Immigration enforcement and border wall orders: On January 25, President Trump issued two executive orders.
    • The border enforcement order, annotated here, puts forth the president’s proposal to build a massive wall on the border in addition to a dangerous array of policies that will undermine basic due process protections and the basic rights of asylum seekers seeking safety on our southern border.
    • The interior enforcement order, annotated here, outlines massive changes to the interior enforcement of the immigration laws, placing unconstitutional restraints on community policing efforts and announcing a set of enforcement priorities that are certain to breed racial profiling while tearing communities apart.
  • Refugee ban order: On January 27, the president issued a third executive order suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, and blocking entry of refugees and other immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Libya. The Washington Post published an annotated version of this order, though please note that the legality of this order already has been subject to federal court orders and its enforcement at airports and other ports of entry has been inconsistent and rapidly changing over the past few days.

The response

  • On Saturday and Sunday, thousands showed up at O’Hare airport to protest the refugee ban. NIJC staff were on site with hundreds of other attorneys providing legal assistance. Fortunately, all of the individuals detained because of the executive order were released. If you hear of anyone who is stuck abroad or is afraid they won’t be let on a flight because of the executive order, please email litigation@heartlandalliance.org.
  • View NIJC’s community alert for individuals and families from the seven countries affected by the refugee ban.

Take action

  • Voice your support for immigrants. Use the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 334-3121 to call your Senators and House representative and tell them to take strong action to support immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Speak out in support of sanctuary city ordinances. Thank city council members and mayors who have supported sanctuary city and welcoming city ordinances, and tell them you expect them to stand firm in defending immigrants.
  • Get a legal consultation. If you or someone you know has questions about an immigration matter, we strongly recommend a legal screening to evaluate your options and whether you qualify for a permanent form of immigration relief. To schedule an appointment with NIJC, please call 312-660-1370 or email immigrantlegaldefense@heartlandalliance.org.
  • Join our team. NIJC is hiring legal and non-legal staff across all projects. View open jobs at NIJC. We’ll be adding more positions soon, so keep checking our careers page on our website.
  • Donate to NIJC. Contribute to NIJC’s emergency response fund to expand legal services to reach and support individuals and communities in the wake of anti-immigrant actions. THANK YOU to the many of you who have already contributed—please encourage your friends and family to do so too!

Resisting Trump’s Executive Actions Against Immigrants and Refugees

Thank you to all the incredible organizations that stepped up this past week. We saw rapid response press conferences and rallies at the airport with thousands in attendance. Special thank you to Arab American Action Network for their leadership in planning the amazing airport actions, and the many organizations that came out to support with their leaders with only a few hours notice. You all have continued to make Illinois a national leader in the resistance.

Moving forward, we wanted to make sure you had the following important dates on your calendar:

TOMORROW, February 1 Press Conference and Rally, 4:30pm 

Join Arab American Action Network, Asian Americans Advancing Justice and others to continue the resistance at the Department of Homeland Security Office, 525 W Van Buren St. Check out the event page Here

March 4th ICIRR Leadership Summit at Chicago Teacher’s Union

Following our January 14th rally, ICIRR members agreed to hold a leadership summit on March 4th to invite our elected officials respond publicly to the community’s Platform for Unity, Resistance and Respect. Stay tuned for more information and RSVP Here

March 15th ICIRR Immigrant and Refugee Rights Lobby Day

ICIRR is holding a lobby day on March 15th where we aim to fill the rotunda and demand that Illinois be welcoming to all. RSVP Here

May 1st Immigrant & Refugee Rights March

Get ready to take to the streets on May Day! Save the date and stay tuned for more information to come.

How You Can Get Involved and Stay Involved

Get Connected! Be sure sign up and get involved on our Website, and follow our Facebook page, and Twitter account where we’ll be posting more emergency rally information and “Know Your Rights” Information.

Donate Here!  

ICIRR’s Response to Trump’s Executive Actions

The “Know Your Rights” meme below went viral on facebook and twitter and has been viewed 4.6 Million times! Help spread the word and find the translated version on our facebook page

ICIRR In The News

ICIRR Response to Executive Action: Executive Orders Betray Foundation of America

Chicago Reader: Lawyers to Immigrants: Know Your Rights

NBC Chicago: Activists rally at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport Against Trump’s Order on Refugees

Chicago Tribune: Chicago advocates condemn Trump’s order on refugees, migrants

Public News Service: Trump’s Travel Ban Leads to More Protests, More Fear

Crain’s Chicago Business: Four things to know about Chicago’s immigration bar

Huffington Post: America Just Sent Back A Syrian Woman Trying To Visit Her Sick Mother

CBS Chicago: Immigration Advocates Call Trump’s Refugee Restrictions ‘Misguided’

DNA Info: Trump’s Crackdown will “Demonize” Immigrants, Chicago Advocates Say

21st Show: Iillinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Speak Out About The Immigration Executive Order