Illinois immigration

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A branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and other immigrants-rights organizations rallied in Springfield Friday afternoon, criticizing a controversial U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy.

The Trump administration has come under fire for stepping up a policy that splits up families caught entering the country without proper documentation. 

“It would be devastating to be pulled away from my mom,” said 8-year-old Kinley Lazare to the crowd gathered outside U.S. Attorney office.

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Trump campaigned on building a wall between the border of Mexico and the U.S. While it appears he's willing to scale back that effort, targeting immigrants who do not have protected status remains near the top of his agenda. 

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Psychologists in Illinois talk of fears they have for young recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Luis Gomez says his anxiety has been exacerbated by the ongoing debate over whether to end DACA.

Last month, the Trump administration announced it was terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — also known as DACA. Created by President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential order, DACA grants undocumented youth who entered the country as children temporary protection against deportation, as well as the right to work.

Over 200 people rallied outside the state capitol building in Springfield over the weekend to show support for immigrants.

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Editor's note -  More than 40,000 undocumented Illinois residents, who came to the country as children, are protected from deportation and are able to work under an executive order put in place by President Barack Obama. But during his campaign, Donald Trump pledged to “immediately terminate” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — often referred to as DACA.