immigrants

Brian Mackey

Immigrant and refugee groups are calling for a long list of new state laws — from limiting cooperation with federal immigration agents to raising the minimum wage.

They rallied Wednesday in the Statehouse.

Sanjin Ibrahimovic was born in post-war Bosnia. He says the war pushed his parents from hospital administrators, to subsistence farmers, to refugees in Chicago.

A refugee himself, Ibrahimovic is a now a computer science major in college. He says he’s worried newer immigrants and refugees don’t have the same chance he did.

The Illinois Senate Tuesday approved drivers' licenses for immigrants who came to the U-S illegally. The legislation has bipartisan support.

Illinois Secretary of State

The Illinois General Assembly returns this week for the fall veto session. Lawmakers may consider a measure to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. 

34-year-old Juan lives in the Champaign-Urbana area with his wife and four children. To protect his identity, he’s asked to only use his first name. Juan illegally came to the United States 13-years-ago from Mexico. He owns his own car, but substantially limits his trips - going to work, driving his kids to school, picking up groceries, and making doctor’s appointments.

Mixed reaction in Illinois to President's immigrant order

Jun 18, 2012

President Obama has signed an executive order that will stop the deportation of certain immigrants who moved to the U.S. when they were young. The controversial move is drawing praise and criticism in Illinois.

25-year old Alaa Mukahhal has a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois. Her family moved to the state from Kuwait when she was a young child. But she’s still not an American citizen, and she’s currently in the midst of deportation proceedings: