First Deportation Hotline Launches in Illinois

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CHICAGO -- The country's first 24-hour Deportation Family Support Hotline will launch Sept. 19 to help Illinois families and children left behind in deportations. The hotline will serve callers from Illinois in English, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese.

In the past five years, 48,330 people have been deported from the Chicago ICE region, leaving an estimated 80,550 children without a parent.

The hotline is being launched by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) in partnership with 35 social service agencies; the Catholic Church and other ministers; 17 private law firms and the National Immigrant Justice Center; Mexican hometown federations; the Adler School of Professional Psychology; the Mexican Consulate; and 67 trained bilingual volunteers. 




Posted Sep 18 2011

Mis-leading article. When parents are deported they can bring their children with them.


Posted Sep 20 2011

Wasting more tax dollars. Nothing new in "Crook county".


Posted Sep 21 2011

What kind of parent leaves their family behind, unless they plan on using them to further manipulate our system of government. Unfortunately it seems they are accomplishing this with the help of the very people that were elected to represent the citizens of Our country. This needs to be addressed at election time, but in the mean time call The Family Support Hotline at 855-435-7693 and ask them why they are supporting law-breakers that are in OUR country ILLEGALLY. And in the great Chicago tradition call early & OFTEN.


Posted Oct 21 2011

because the bible commands us to do so.


Posted Oct 31 2011

This is particular hotline is not funded by our taxes; it is privately funded. Saying that people committing a crime should not be helped is probably the worst and weakest argument against institutions like the ICIRR. This is not set in place to help people continue to break the law but rather, to help people obtain the appropriate documentation so they are no longer breaking the law. The relationship is similar to helping a drug addict stop doing drugs. Unless, you think programs should not be provided for addicts because they broke the law multiple times by using various illegal substances.


Posted Apr 26 2012

Is there any support groups for families of deportees in Virginia. It leaves US English only speaking children in complete despair and my kids have post traumatic disorder (documented by prof.) since seeing their father detained. We never got on welfare until my husband was deported. He always paid taxes and provided. I need help providing for my kids alone and having daycare and not to mention emotional help since we are all alone here now.
What organizations if any are there in the Virginia area for wives of deportees trying to survive?

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