Sanctuary cities don’t ‘breed crime.’ They encourage people to report crime.

The idea of “sanctuary cities”–local governments that have made it policy not to coordinate their activities with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)–has been in the news a lot lately. While national officials argue that the sanctuary city approach leads to more crime, this is an example of an argument dissociated from the facts of Read More…

Chicago Votes, NUVotes

Election Day is Tuesday, but the 2018 Illinois primaries are already on! Early voting is the hot way to beat the lines. We’re the Chicago Democracy Project @Northwestern Political Science, so we try to spur civic engagement among our students and colleagues here at NU. Our partners at NUVotes, from the Center for Civic Engagement Read More…

Save the Dream, Don’t End It.

As the clock ticks down to permanently ending DACA, the odds that Congress and the White House will find a resolution before the March 5th deadline appears to be growing slimmer. Jaime Dominguez, CDP Co-Director and Northwestern political scientist, weighs in on the politics of immigration for Latino Policy Forum here. Most polls show support Read More…

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Will Not Seek Re-election: Is This a Seismic Shift in Chicago’s Latino Politics?

Last week, Representative Luis Gutierrez (a long-time incumbent from the Chicago delegation to Congress) announced that he will not seek re-election. Chicago Democracy Project’s Jaime Dominguez weighs in on what this will mean for Chicago’s political scene, from the streets to the Hill. http://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/364038-rep-gutierrezs-departure-is-a-the-seismic-shift-in-chicagos-latino-politics

Election Day 2017

The first Tuesday in November is a big day for American democracy. Chicago doesn’t have an election this time around, but big issues and elections are on the ballot in other municipalities around the country, including New York City. Local elections are vital for democracy: they help us select the vast majority of officials who Read More…