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Man at a podium at the Normal Public Library speaking into microphones
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

A farmer from Arrowsmith who raises 74,000 hogs a year says he couldn’t do it without immigrant labor.

Adriana Martinez in studio
Mary Cullen / WGLT

In a time when immigrants are painted as illegal invaders and something to be feared, Adriana Martinez studies how music ties American and Mexican culture together.

City council members at a dais in the Center for the Performing Arts.
Baylee Steelman / WGLT

Bloomington Alderman Jamie Mathy said he regrets cancellation of the special meeting last week to deal with a new version of a Welcoming City ordinance.

ISU Students Demonstrate For Welcoming Campus

Mar 26, 2018
Judith Valente / WGLT

With the American flag flying in the background, a group of about 30 Illinois State University students demonstrated Monday in front of the Hovey Hall administration building to press university officials to make ISU an official "welcoming campus."

A man and a woman hold a sign reading Keep Families Together
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

"We're fasting today for freedom, for mercy, for justice," declared the Rev. Jim Warren of First Christian Church as the sunlight cast a golden glow on him and others gathered outside Bloomington City Hall on Sunday.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Five aldermen who tried to remove the Welcoming City ordinance from the Bloomington council agenda probably did not break the law, according to a noted First Amendment and public access attorney in Illinois.

Undocumented Student Describes Life Of Anxiety

Jan 11, 2018
Dania De La Hoya

When this 21-year-old Illinois State University senior walks anywhere, he says he constantly looks around him to see if there are any law enforcement officers nearby.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

Nearly 300 people—mostly supporters—turned out to a Bloomington City Council meeting Monday dealing with a proposed Welcoming City ordinance.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Anti-immigration voices are growing stronger around the U.S., and an advocate for tolerance and education said the best way to combat that kind of speech is by introducing immigrants to their neighbors.

Dania De La Hoya / WGLT

At least two significant demonstrations were sparked Tuesday in Bloomington-Normal after President Donald Trump's decision to wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

Koos Supports DACA Extension for 'Dreamers'

Aug 29, 2017
The Associated Press

Normal Mayor Chris Koos is lending his support to a national effort by mayors to allow so-called Dreamers—young people who were brought to this country without documents as children—to remain here legally.

Welcome Signs Go Missing From Lawns

Aug 16, 2017
Staff / WGLT

Call it the case of the disappearing welcome signs.

A number of Bloomington-Normal residents are reporting that their corrugated plastic lawn signs offering a message of welcome in three languages have gone missing.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Mayor of Normal is not enthusiastic about a formal welcoming cities ordinance. Area groups marched on Bloomington City Hall this week asking for an ordinance to limit local government cooperation with federal immigration and customs enforcement, or ICE.

Mayor Chris Koos of Normal said he supports keeping immigrant families together, but not through that method.