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Deportation Hotline

During the past two weeks, FLIC has been inundated with calls from those in the midst of deportation proceedings. Why?

In case you didn’t know, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)  has created a National Deportation Hotline (855) 435-7643. This hotline was created in response to the rise in Chicago deportations in the last 5 years, resulting in over 48,000 deportations that left approximately 86,550 children without a parent. The response to the hotline has been enormous througout the country, including many Floridians who then are redirected to us.

While we do not provide direct legal services, we have been able to hear their stories and direct these individuals to organizations within the state who provide direct legal services.

This need for information and resources by deportees has increased due to the recent DHS announcement  introducing new guidelines, prioritizing the deportations of criminals rather than students and other hardworking immigrants who are members of our communities.

The Deportation Hotline is attempting to fill that information gap. The hotline has been modeled after similar hotlines for homelessness an domestic violence. Callers are counseled and referenced to legal hep advocacy agencies.

See some news about the hotline:
Undocumented Immigrant Hotline Debuts In Chicago, Answers Deportation Questions

First Deportation Hotline Launches in Illinois

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  1. Wonderful news!Now we just have to make sure that the President is re-elected. I’ve seen a lot of dancing in the sertets by progressives since Romney chose Ryan as his running mate. However, this reminds me of the progressives’ joy in 1980 when the GOP chose that movie actor and infamous right wing conservative Ronald Reagan to go against Jimmy Carter. It didn’t turn into the romp the progressives envisioned. This is still a very tough race which can be easily lost. So, all hands on deck to make sure this platform lives beyond Nov. 6.