University of Illinois Press

July 02, 2018

‘Reflections Of An Undocumented Immigrant’; The ‘Old Slave House’; Joffrey Ballet

On this encore edition of the 21st: Our conversation with Jose Angel N., author of 'Illegal: Reflections Of An Undocumented Immigrant.' Plus, the story of a house in southern Illinois whose owner kidnapped free black men and women -- and sold them back into slavery in Kentucky. And, we revisit our interview about the Joffrey Ballet's 8th Annual 'Winning Works' competition.


Sen. Iris Martinez

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July 01, 2018

Illinois Democrats Push Back On Trump Immigration Hard Line

Democrats who control the Illinois General Assembly pushed back last spring against Republican President Donald Trump's hardline stance on immigration, aiming to protect Illinois residents regardless of their residency status and, in some cases, firing off direct repudiation of the nation's top executive. Here's a look at policies Illinois lawmakers approved in their spring session, all of which await action by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.


protesters in Champaign

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June 30, 2018

In Champaign, Hundreds Turn Out To Protest Trump’s Immigration Policies

Amid sweltering heat with index values of well over 100 degrees, hundreds of demonstrators turned out to protest the separation of children and parents at the U.S-Mexico border. The demonstration was one of more than 700 planned across the country on Saturday.


A demonstrator holds up a sign during a rally opposed to President Trump's family separation policy

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June 29, 2018

Children Separated From Parents At Border Face Daunting Challenges

An advocate for children separated from their families under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy says a lack of infrastructure and formal protocols make it hard to reunite families — despite an executive order from President Trump halting the practice.


Demonstrators protesting ICE agents outside the Drury Inn & Suites in Champaign.

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June 23, 2018

Protesters Target ICE Agents In Champaign-Urbana

More than 200 people demonstrated outside a Champaign hotel Saturday, where they believe federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stay when working on cases in Champaign County.


President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Republican members of Congress.

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June 20, 2018

Trump Signs Order To End Family Separations

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans.


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