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