The Immigration Project In the News

Immigration Project Offers COVID-19 Cash Assistance

WGLT | 6/22/2020

“Immigrants who did not qualify for federal COVID-19 relief payments can now apply for direct cash assistance from the Normal-based Immigration Project. Many immigrants did not benefit from the $1,200 federal payments via the CARES Act. Immigrants were not eligible even if only one member of their family did not have a Social Security number, according to the Immigration Project. In response, the Immigration Project distributed $20,000 in cash assistance to needy families in central and southern Illinois in May, and another $220,000 is available through June 30.

Immigration Rights Group ‘Relieved’ After DACA Ruling

WGLT| 6/18/2020

“Immigration rights advocates in McLean County are cheering Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that blocks the Trump administration’s effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Zoe Bouras, communications and development coordinator with the Immigration Project in Normal, said the ruling offers relief to many who feared deportation. “There’s a number of mental and emotional and social handicaps that come with having an undocumented status and not feeling safe where you live,” Bouras said. “This has relieved that for so many people.”

Immigrant Couples Benefit from Free Advice

25 News | 2/14/2020

Some people that are married but their spouse lives in a different country. And they need that family visa to get them over to the United States to reunite them, which is a pretty cool thing when we’re talking on Valentine’s Day,” said Jeff Crabill, Immigration Project Volunteer.

Protesters in Normal demand end to detention of immigrant children

Diane Clark-Dennis of People Against Caging Children, which organized the rally, said the purpose of the rally was not only to protest the detention of children but also to encourage people to take action, write their representatives and “let their voices be heard.”

Charlotte Alvarez, executive director of the Immigration Project in Bloomington, told the crowd, “We’re here because we believe there should be liberty and justice for all people in society.”

GOP Lawmaker helps immigrants

Kankakee Daily Journal | 11/6/19

Parkhurst, a Kankakee Republican, is hosting the fourth annual Citizenship Workshop on Nov. 16 to help legal immigrants start their path to become U.S. citizens.
According to a news release, the workshop is free to attend and volunteers from a number of local organizations will be on hand to help applicants in completing the necessary forms and documents to become a U.S. citizen.
Asked about Trump and other Republicans’ views about immigration, Parkhurst, an attorney, said, “I can’t speak for anyone else in the party. But I’m trying to find a legal way for immigration.”

Daring Diversity: Racial Equity topic of two-day summit

25 News Week | 10/9/19

Marianne Taylor, a guest speaker from The Immigration Project, feels having what can often be an uncomfortable conversation about race is the only way to bring about change.

“Your color, your race doesn’t determine your paycheck, doesn’t determine your value, doesn’t determine what you can bring to the table,” Taylor said. “We don’t have our little pocket anymore, the world is here and we need to know how to deal with it and how to have a better relationship with everybody that we encounter.

Newly naturalized citizen, incoming graduate student uses experience to serve others

For the past two years Buendia has worked as a volunteer coordinator for the Immigration Project based out of Bloomington. She has always had a passion for service oriented work and being an immigrant herself, she was eager to learn more and help others going through the same experiences that she was.

Rally Takes Aim at Immigration Detention Centers

WGLT | 8/13/19

Other featured speakers were…. Charlotte Alvarez, executive director of the Immigration Project, which provides low-income individuals with legal services.

Champaign Police Won’t Participate in ICE Raids

News Channel 20 | 7/18/19

In addition to the New American Welcome Center, the City also engages regularly and supports the work of the Refugee Center and the Immigration Project.

Team Raising Money for Immigration Project

The News-Gazette | 4/27/19

This weekend’s Illinois Marathon will be a wonderful celebration of the great community spirit of Champaign-Urbana. At our best, we are a community that welcomes newcomers with open arms.

Immigrants seeking help have new source

WCIA | 2/14/19

Valentine’s Day is a day to hold loved ones close, but some people are still looking for a way to do that.

It’s why the New American Welcome Center on campus partnered with the Immigration Project offering a couples immigration legal clinic.

YWCA, Immigration Project Team Up for Valentine’s Day Consultation

WGLT | 2/12/18

Valentine’s Day, primarily recognized as a day of love and appreciation, takes on a new meaning for couples living in fear of possible deportation. YWCA McLean County is partnering with the Immigration Project on Wednesday to provide couples with affordable and confidential consultations while also seeking ways to begin immigration applications.

Human Relation Commission Meeting

City of Champaign Archives | 2/5/18

Jesse Rose from The Immigration Project spoke at the Human Relation Commission meeting on Monday, February 5, 2018. The Immigration Project is a legal aid organization based in Normal, Illinois, with a satellite office in Champaign. They provide direct legal services for immigrants residing in Central and Southern Illinois. 

Immigration Project Feted for Efforts to Fight Injustice

The News-Gazette | 9/23/17

When Rebekah Niblock was a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she began teaching English as a second language to immigrants who were new to the community. When she learned of their struggles — including not being paid, then threatened with deportation when they complained to their boss, as well as being abused by their American spouses — she decided to go to law school to become an immigration attorney.

Immigration Project Fundraiser

The News-Gazette | 5/5/17

The Immigration Project fundraiser  event was held in Champaign on April 20, 2017.

Helping your neighbor

WCIA | 1/4/17

As we get closer to Inauguration Day, more concerns about immigration are starting to come up. Immigration Project board member Ricardo Diaz says they know changes are coming.

“We knew the Immigration Project alone could not cover the rest of the state, so becoming allies with school districts, the Immigration Forum, the refugee center, the churches, it was important to get other people helping,” said Diaz.

His group offers legal services and support to Illinois immigrants south of I-80, but they want more people to get involved as community liaisons to help bridge the language barrier.

“Even when you know English and you understand some legalese, it’s still quite a complicated system,” said Diaz.