Rally at Willard Airport
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January 29, 2017

Hundreds Attend Rally For Immigrants At U Of I’s Willard Airport

An estimated 600 people attended Sunday’s rally against President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries. The event came together after organizers like Ann Abbott reached out on Facebook the night before. She says the Trump administration is trying to use fear to pit U.S. citizens against one another. “This is not 2001, this is 2017, and we are smart, not scared,” she told the crowd.


President Donald Trump signs executive orders in the Hall of Heroes at the Department of Defense on Friday in Arlington, Va.
Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images
January 28, 2017

Arrivals To U.S. Blocked And Detained As Trump’s Immigration Freeze Sets In

President Trump's executive order on immigration is sending shockwaves across the U.S. and the globe.

Just one day after he enacted a ban on the admittance of all refugees to the United States, temporarily freezing immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries, confusion, chaos and fear are roiling international airports. Refugees are being barred from boarding U.S.-bound flights. Immigrants are being detained at U.S. airports.


protesters by the White House
Alex Brandon/AP
January 28, 2017

Trump’s Immigration Freeze Omits Those Linked To Deadly Attacks In U.S.

President Trump's freeze on immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries cites the potential threat of terrorism. But here's the twist — it doesn't include any countries from which radicalized Muslims have actually killed Americans in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001.


Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner were part of some of 2016's biggest stories for Illinois Issues.
Trump by Michael Vadon/Flickr / Rauner by Brian Mackey/WUIS
December 28, 2016

Illinois Issues: Top Stories Of 2016

There’s still no budget for Illinois, but some big changes to education policy kicked in this year. As the contentious presidential election played out, several national issues affected the lives of citizens here.


U of I Law Professor Francis Boyle addresses the Urbana City Council Monday night.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 20, 2016

Sanctuary City Measure Passes Urbana Council On 5-1 Vote

After extensive discussion the last two weeks, the Urbana City Council has approved a resolution reaffirming its ‘sanctuary city’ status. The 5-to-1 vote was met with sustained applause from roughly 50 people who filled the council chambers Monday night. The measure saw changes from the prior week, including language specifying that no city employee can request information about someone's citizenship unless required by court order.


City of Urbana Logo.
City of Urbana
December 13, 2016

Urbana Council Members Discuss Sanctuary City Status

The Urbana City Council will continue its discussion of a resolution affirming its status as a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants at next regular meeting on Monday, December 19th. But the talk at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday the 12th indicated a majority of council members support the resolution in some form.


A student and professor at the University of New Mexico.
Russell Contreras/Associated Press
December 12, 2016

Universities Differ On ‘Sanctuary Campus’ Issue

A reporter for Inside Higher Ed has talked with university administrators across the country about how they are handling the "sanctuary campus" issue, both in rhetoric and in practice.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke with Inside Higher Ed's Elizabeth Redden.


The Urbana City Building
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 11, 2016

Urbana City Council To Vote On Sanctuary City Resolution

Urbana aldermen will have their first opportunity Monday to consider making the community a "sanctuary city," protecting undocumented residents. Alderman Eric Jakobsson says he's behind the idea, but is opposed to the measure on the agenda for Monday night's City Council Committee of the Whole meeting, calling it "rhetoric" that doesn't address any real issues. Jakobsson says he instead favors an earlier draft resolution put together by a member of the city staff.


Proponents of immigration reform rallied in Chicago in 2010.
Flickr/SEIU1
November 29, 2016

Illinois Issues: Deferred Decision

More than 40,000 undocumented Illinois residents, who came to the country as children, are protected from deportation and are able to work under an executive order put in place by President Barack Obama. But during his campaign, Donald Trump pledged to “immediately terminate” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — often referred to as DACA. 


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