Deportation policy expected to draw protests from angry immigrants
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#1 Aug 17, 2011
Deportation policy expected to draw protests from angry immigrants
As Roberto Procopio paid a toll on Interstate 88 on Saturday night, an Illinois State Trooper pointed to his missing front license plate and asked for his driver’s license.
Procopio — an illegal immigrant — didn’t have one, his family says. He had been busted before for driving without a license and skipped court, so the trooper arrested him.
The mechanic and 29-year-old father of two isn’t a violent criminal. But his family says he now faces potential deportation, thanks to the federal “Secure Communities” program, which automatically shares arrestees’ fingerprints and details with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Touted as protecting citizens from dangerous convicts, the program could split thousands more families, erode trust between immigrant communities and police and cost the president Latino votes if his administration pushes ahead with plans to make it mandatory nationwide, protesters warned Tuesday.
Department of Homeland Security officials are due to host what’s likely to be a heated town hall meeting in Chicago Wednesday about the program.
Just 26 of Illinois’ 102 counties currently participate., including include DuPage, where Procopio was arrested. But the Department of Homeland Security recently told Gov. Pat Quinn and the governors of two other states they can no longer opt out.
Angry immigrants are expected to pack Wednesday’s 6 p.m. meeting at the IBEW Hall, 600 W. Washington Blvd.
“We came to this country for the same reason as everyone else, to work,” said Procopio’s common-law wife, Sonia Perez, one of three dozen protesters at a news conference Tuesday in Pilsen.
“If they take him, I don’t know what I’ll do,” she said, sobbing.
As protesters chanted “Hey, hey, Obama, don’t take away my mama,” Susana Chinchilla, 24, said she is facing deportation after being picked up for running a red light in South Holland in November. Though she was not charged with a criminal offense, she said, police referred her case to Immigration.
Immigration officials emphasize that most immigrants detained under the Secure Communities program are accused of more serious crimes. Statistics from Cook County — which is not part of the program but where Immigration agents can manually check arrestees’ identities through state records — support that argument.
Just two of the 278 inmates held for Immigration at Cook County Jail face driving charges, while 29 are charged with murder, Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Patterson said.
If Cook County was forced to join the program,“I don’t know that we’ll see a big change,” he said.
Protest organizer Emma Lozano disagreed, saying the program would make it “much easier for [Immigration] to sweep people up.”
#2 Aug 17, 2011
The point and the fact of the matter is that they shouldn't be here in the first place, whether they work or are criminals, whether violent or not. They ARE illegal, plain and simple. If they want to be here, then go about it legally and then contribute to this country and not run home with money made here. When they come here ILLEGALLY, they ARE taking a chance on getting caught. It's just that there is so many that they get away with it. If an American went to Mexico or another country ILLEGALLY, we wouldn't be treated like nationals, but as illegals and we'd be deported, or worse AND we certainly wouldn't get all the rights of legal citizens or any other handouts like public aid and free education and social security. Illegals are a big part of why some states and America, is now broke. Those of us Americans working now won't be able to collect what we ourselves have paid into social security for our own behalf because it is being given away to Illegals! Talk to a legal Californian and they'll tell you just how bad it has gotten there, thanks to the huge illegal population.
#3 Aug 17, 2011
We must learn from our mistakes.
#4 Aug 17, 2011
Anti-deportation protesters block downtown intersection
Anti-deportation protesters blocked a downtown intersection for about 10 minutes — at first pulling a chain from post to post — then sitting in the middle of the street Wednesday evening just before a federal immigration hearing was to take place.
The 6 p.m. hearing by the Secure Communities Task Force has instead been disrupted as several hundred protesters are demanding to be let in, chanting “Send the cops out, let the people in.”
Earlier, protesters blocked the intersection of Jefferson and Washington streets, first pulling a chain from light post to light post, before police were able to pull the chain off.
That’s when they instead sat in the intersection, blocking traffic on Washington.
They yelled “Obama, we’re telling you, you can stop the deportations,” while other protestors responded with,“Yes, you can.”
The Rev. Brendan Curran, a priest at St. Pius V Church in Pilsen, was in attendance and said he witnessed a scuffle between a man in a suit and police officers shortly after the intersection was blocked.
“I witnessed police throw a punch at a lawyer who was standing on the street, trying to help move some young people to the side,” Curran said.
“The officer started yelling at the guy, he started at yelling at me. And I’m thinking,‘I’m trying to help you neutralize this thing,’ and he started coming after me.”
Curran said he understood protestors’ emotions were running high.
“These people are very emotional. They’ve got cousins. They’ve got friends. They’ve got good buddies who have been through a lot of problems – who have experienced right in their homes, someone getting ripped from their house and getting deported.”
Wednesday’s protest began at 5 p.m. at the northeast corner of Randolph and Des Plaines, which is just one block away from where a Chicago field hearing of the Secure Communities Task Force appointed by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security was to take place.
Protestors gathered to oppose what they called “ineffective” and “costly” programs to deport immigrant families.
Gov. Pat Quinn pulled Illinois out of the federal Secure Communities program on May 4, but ICE refuses to honor the withdrawal, saying that their signed agreement with the state is no longer valid.
#5 Aug 18, 2011
For your information, you NEED a legal Social Security Number in order to collect Social Security. People who are here Illegally are NOT collecting Social Security Benefits. Those that are using a "fake" SSN ARE paying into the system but do not reap the rewards of it.
#6 Aug 18, 2011
they should never be able too collect it and be rewarded for breaking our laws, they knew when they
chose to work under fake ids they would not be able to collect, so I have no sympithy
for them. go home. and what is wrong with all these elected officals giving free schooling to all ilegals, shame on them. there are hard working americans who were born here that can not get this.the one man mentioned above was arrested twice
for driving without a license, he should be arrested and deported, he has no reguard for our laws here. all the ilegals down town protesting
please send them home too. send a clear mmessage we come first here in the us
not anyone who wants to come here ilegally
and do whatever they please and live by their own laws. the law here says it is manditory to have a license and insurance. and you can not get insurance with a drivers license, so who own the car he was driving?
#7 Aug 18, 2011
And don't say we do the same thing. We are Anglos and US needs more Anglos!
#8 Aug 18, 2011
It is all starting to get ugly.
Since: May 10
#9 Aug 18, 2011
Maybe not of SS benefits but take advantage other benefits in our free country. And with all due respect are committing identity theft.! There kids go to school here free, food stamps, free lunch. The immigration status of the parent by law should be the same for offspring and most of the issue will be solved.
#10 Aug 19, 2011
And where did their brilliant piece of racial pride and bias spring from? Julius Striecher?
#11 Aug 22, 2011
america does not need anymore ilegals here no matter where they are from. lets be fair about all citizens.
but the ones I was writting about is not a citizen but here ilegally. anyone here ilegally and driving a car ilegally should be arrested and deported. but this guy broke the same law twice.
#12 Aug 22, 2011
what is it about social security rules that you do not
understand, if you worked here under a fake id you should not collect social security. weither you paid int it or not.
when you brake our laws you should not be rewarded, you should be deported.
Since: May 10
#13 Aug 23, 2011
Uh I'm agreeing with you ! HELLO !
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