Immigration protester back at Chicago church that sheltered her

March 24, 2014

 immigration marchNY Times, 3/23/14

Elvira Arellano, a Mexican woman whose yearlong stay inside a Chicago church made her a lightning rod in the nation’s immigration debate, on Sunday returned to the sanctuary, saying she plans to live there until a hearing later this year when she will ask again to be allowed to stay.

Her journey back to the city after being deported to Mexico in 2007 began last week, when she crossed into the U.S. with her sons, 5-month-old Emiliano and 15-year-old Saul, along with dozens of mostly young deportees near San Diego to protest U.S. immigration laws and deportation practices.

A two-day detention led to the scheduling of an immigration hearing for September, when she can again plead her case to stay in the U.S., said her attorney, Chris Bergin. In the meantime, Arellano was allowed to travel and arrived in Chicago on Sunday.

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Chicago’s Heroin Problem: City’s Open-Air Drug Markets’ Surprising Connection To Mexican Drug Cartels (Video)

December 13, 2013

The Huffington Post, 12/12/2013

chicagoIn a Wednesday panel on HuffPost Live, Reader reporter Mick Dumke, Bloomberg reporter John Lippert and Chicago Recovery Alliance director Dan Bigg spoke on the Windy City’s heroin “open-air” heroin markets on the city’s West Side and its connection to the powerful Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel and its kingpin, “Public Enemy Number 1″ El Chapo Guzman.

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Emanuel to fast for 24 hours in support of immigration reform

December 12, 2013

chicagoThe Chicago Tribune, 12/11/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday plans to start a 24-hour fast to show support for immigration reform efforts in Washington, D.C.

The mayor and some members of the Chicago City Council’s Latino Caucus plan to go without food from 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Friday. They’ll begin fasting at an evening mass in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Pius Church in the Pilsen neighborhood.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel travels to meet Mexico City mayor, expand economic ties

November 18, 2013

chicagoABC News, 11/14/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in Mexico and signed a new trade agreement with Mexico City. Emanuel has company on this trip in former Mayor Richard Daley. Former Mayor Daley spent 22 years building Chicago’s international reputation. In Mexico City Thursday he did his best to stay in the background as he passed the baton to his successor.

When Emanuel joined Mexico City Mayor Miguel Mancera signing the new sister cities agreement, Chicago’s mayor was less concerned with ceremony and more with the potential two of the continent’s largest metro areas hold for each other.

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Mayors of Chicago, Mexico City expected to sign economic partnership pact

November 15, 2013

Chicago Tribune, 11/15/2013

chicagoIn his first official international trip, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday is expected to sign an economic partnership agreement with Mexico City, which would supplant a decades-old Sister Cities goodwill arrangement.

The memo of understanding, the first of its kind nationwide, commits the two cities to work together to build up exports, foreign investment, a skilled workforce and research endeavors. Developed with assistance from the Brookings Institution, the agreement also calls for cooperation in tourism, culture and water resources.

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Midwestern Business and Civic Leaders Call for Immigration Reform at DC Summit

February 28, 2013

immigration marchThe Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 2/28/2013

At an immigration summit in Washington today, a diverse and bipartisan group of Midwestern business and civic leaders will release a report urging immigration reform to ensure regional and national economic competitiveness. Former Midwest Governors Chet Culver and Michael Rounds as well as former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Crate and Barrel Co-Founder Carole Segal will discuss the report from a bipartisan task force convened by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Like the rest of America, the Midwest is frustrated with federal immigration policy, and states are coping as best they can,” said Michael Rounds, former governor of South Dakota, and task force co-chair. “But the region’s growing need for immigrant workers and its deepening appreciation of the talent and vitality they bring require Midwesterners to be active in demanding better answers from Washington.”

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Gus Hart Visiting Fellowship at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

October 3, 2012

Mexico Institute, 10/3/12

The fellowship has been endowed by the Hart family to honor Gus Hart, distinguished cofounder of the Inter-American Foundation, whose lifelong interest in the Latin American and Caribbean region and long service to The Chicago Council served as an inspiration for many in Chicago.

The 2013 Gus Hart Visiting Fellowship will be awarded to an emerging leader from Mexico working in the business, governmental, social, or cultural realm, who is making outstanding contributions to the advancement of Mexican society, and can deliver an articulate speech to an audience in English. The goals of the fellowship are: to recognize and reinforce the work of an emerging leader who has made a tangible contribution to his/her country; to connect this emerging leader with the resources and energy of Chicago so as to benefit his/her work; and to increase awareness of the Latin American and the Caribbean region in Chicago and deepen the city’s connections to the region.

Download the application here


Obama Policy on Immigrants Is Challenged by Chicago

July 11, 2012

The New York Times,07/10/2012

Just weeks after the Supreme Court largely reaffirmed the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement powers in its legal battle with Arizona, federal officials are facing a new, politically tricky clash with local authorities over immigration, this time in Chicago.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he would propose an ordinance that would bar police officers from turning over illegal immigrants to federal agents if the immigrants do not have serious criminal convictions or outstanding criminal warrants.

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Obama Policy on Immigrants Is Challenged by Chicago

July 11, 2012

The New York Times, 7/10/12

Just weeks after the Supreme Court largely reaffirmed the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement powers in its legal battle with Arizona, federal officials are facing a new, politically tricky clash with local authorities over immigration, this time in Chicago.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he would propose an ordinance that would bar police officers from turning over illegal immigrants to federal agents if the immigrants do not have serious criminal convictions or outstanding criminal warrants.

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7 arrested after authorities find 11 tons of pot in railroad cars

December 17, 2010

Chicago Tribune, 12/17/2010

Seven people have been arrested after nearly 11 tons of marijuana was found packed into six railroad cars from Mexico in what could be the largest pot seizure in the Chicago area.

The marijuana was found at a south suburban warehouse this month, according to the U.S. attorney’s office, which valued the pot at $22 million.

The arrests were announced Thursday, the same day that members of a south suburban family, in a separate case, were charged with running a large pot growing operation out of their home.

The warehouse raid came after Customs agents in Eagle Pass, Texas, came across a Union Pacific train bound for the Chicago area carrying about 21,800 pounds of suspected marijuana, the office said.

The agents “observed a number of large bundled packages, referred to as ‘super sacks,’ in six cars on the train, the office said.

The agents opened one of the sacks and saw “13 cubic bundles, which were encrusted in a thick layer of fine red masonry pigment dust.” Tests showed the packages all contained marijuana, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

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