The role immigration will play in municipal elections

January 24, 2011

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Political scientist Maria de Los Angeles Torres looks at the role immigration will play in municipal elections.

According to the U.S. Census, nearly one in five residents in the Chicago area is foreign-born. So it may come as no surprise that Chicago's been at the center of some immigrant reforms—after all, Chicago is a sanctuary city. And with immigration a vexed issue on the national front, immigration is increasingly the concern of local communities.

How are the aldermanic and mayoral candidates tackling this topic in their campaigns? To learn more about the role immigration is playing in the municipal elections,"Eight Forty-Eight" turned to Maria de Los Angeles Torres, or Nena, as she goes by. De Los Angeles Torres is a political scientist and former city administrator under Harold Washington.