Sanctuary City Status Set To Be Renewed, Protection For Veterans Sought

By Heather Cherone CITY HALL — The City Council is poised to renew — for a second time since President Donald Trump took office — the city’s "sanctuary city" policy designed to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation. The resolution was approved unanimously by the City Council's Human Relations Committee, which heard emotional testimony by several Chicagoans who said Trump's efforts to deport immigrants here without proper documentation had upended their lives. The resolution, set to be considered by the full City Council March 29, also asks the president not to deport veterans who have served in the armed forces and not to revoke the legal status of immigrants who came to America as children, known as "dreamers." Continue reading

Army Vet Who Served Two Tours In Afghanistan To Be Deported, Judge Rules

By Carolina Moreno   A Chicago immigration judge ruled last week that an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan be deported back to Mexico, according to a local ABC affiliate. The decision comes after Miguel Perez Jr. served seven years in prison for a felony drug offense. Perez, 38, was born in Mexico but has lived in the United States since the age of 8. He enlisted in the Army as a legal permanent resident in 2001 and served two tours in Afghanistan with U.S. Special Forces. “My son served for this country, not for Mexico,” Perez’s mother, Esperanza Medina, told reporters at a Pilsen church on Sunday.  The veteran told The Chicago Tribune that after returning to the U.S. from the war zone, he had trouble finding work and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Perez said he sought treatment at a VA hospital, where they intended to run more tests to confirm a possible traumatic brain injury, but grew discouraged by the drawn-out process.    Continue reading

Should Immigrant Veterans Be Allowed In US? Deported Marine Begs Trump To Come Back Home

  BY CHRIS RIOTTA @CHRISRIOTTA   President Donald Trump's immigration agenda, laid out in his first few weeks in office, prioritized deportations for any immigrants charged with committing crimes in the U.S., including American military personnel on visas or green cards. But a former marine is hoping the new president will make an exception for him and dozens of other former legal residents who served in the military before being deported for various crimes. Antonio Romo was 12-years-old when he immigrated across the U.S.-Mexico border to Lynwood, California, before serving as a marine during the liberation of Kuwait, a U.S.-led military operation to free the nation following the 1991 Iraq invasion. He witnessed violence and bloodshed during his military service, suffering psychological trauma and turning to drugs on his return to the states, an Associated Press profile published Thursday showed. Continue reading