Immigrant Rights

CU leaders have partnered across communities developing a Unity Platform that is rooted in all of our core values, and have advanced policies that promote the rights of immigrant families through a racial equity lens. These efforts have resulted in reinforcing sanctuary city ordinances at both city and county levels and the expansion of city IDs to provide vulnerable communities, including undocumented families, access to critical city resources. CU leaders are constantly engaging immigrant families in immigrant “Know Your Rights” trainings and developing strategies to develop response teams across neighborhood institutions, and building new Black and Brown alliances to advance racial equity across the city and state. 


  • Over 3,000 immigrant families have been engaged in CU’s Know Your Rights trainings across immigrant communities in Chicago’s north and northwest side. 
  • Through statwide efforts, Illinois is among 12 states that provides drivers licenses to undocumented individuals as a result of communtiy organizing efforts. 
  • CU leaders and allies led efforts for the creation of a Municipal ID in Chicago, allowing thousands of residents to access an ID regardless of immigration status or gender identity.
  • Statewide efforts led o statewide policy changes allowing undocumented students access to in-state tuition, impacting.

For more information on our work on immigrant rights, or if you would like to get involved, please contact Juan Cruz at [email protected].


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