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Maria Ines Zamudio

Maria Ines Zamudio

Reporter

Maria Ines Zamudio covers immigration for WBEZ. She is an award-winning investigative reporter who is now part of the race, class and communities team. Prior to joining WBEZ, she worked for American Public Media’s investigative team. She’s also worked as an investigative reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal and Chicago Reporter magazine.

2015, Zamudio and a team of reporters from NPR’s Latino USA received a Peabody National Award for their coverage of Central American migrants. Zamudio’s story was reported from the Mexico-Guatemala border and it focused on the danger women from Central American while traveling through Mexico as they try to reach the United States.

Her work has appeared in The Associated Press, New York Times, National Public Radio, NBC 5 Chicago, Telemundo, Univision among others

Recent Stories

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Advocates: Remain In Mexico Policy Can Put Asylum Seekers At Risk

More than 56,000 asylum seekers have been sent back to Mexico since the Trump administration issued the Migrant Protection Protocols.

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Immigrant Chicago Mother Again Seeks Sanctuary To Avoid Deportation

“I’m afraid for my children’s safety in Mexico. They have a better future here,” said Adilene Marquina, who is living in a Glenwood church.

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Chicago To Offer Relief For Residents Struggling With Water Bills

The program, set to start in 2020, offers an estimated 20,000 low-income households reduced water bills and stops late payment penalties.

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Chicago-Area Activists Protest Conditions At The Border

The “Remain In Mexico” policy has kept more than 50,000 migrants in Mexico while their asylum cases are processed in immigration court.

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Federal Judge In Chicago Blocks Change To Public Charge Rule

U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman issued a temporary injunction Monday blocking a Trump Administration policy set to begin Tuesday.

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Lawmakers Make Surprise Visit To Kankakee Detention Center

A five-page list of complaints prompt federal, state and county lawmakers from Chicago to visit the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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Young Immigrants Helped By DACA Urge Chicagoans To Support The Program

With the fate of DACA in doubt, young immigrants share stories about how the program helped them and urge Chicagoans to support it.

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Deported Veteran From Chicago Hopeful For A Path To Citizenship

Miguel Perez Jr. is asking officials to reconsider his citizenship application now that he has been pardoned by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker.

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Chicago Mayor Promises No More Water Shutoffs, But Advocates Want Details

Water rights activists in Chicago want more details about Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plans for a temporary moratorium on water shutoffs.

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Protesters Accuse Koch Foods Of Retaliating Against Immigrant Workers

Protesters accused Park Ridge-based Koch Foods of orchestrating the workplace raid at its Mississippi plant earlier this month.

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Chicagoans Mourn Victims Of El Paso Mass Shooting At Candlelight Vigil

“Harm against one of us is harm against all of us,” vigil attendees chanted while holding candles and Mexican flags Thursday evening.

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Chicago Immigrants Losing Jobs Due To No-Match Letters

Officials caution that no-match letters don’t prove that workers are undocumented. There can be several reasons why discrepancies exist.

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Detention Of Children At O’Hare Sparks Rapid Response

Activists quickly mobilized to notify elected officials, alert the media and to arrive at O’Hare Airport in support of an immigrant family.

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Federal Officials Release Three Children To Undocumented Mother

After holding them for 12 hours at O'Hare Airport, federal officials released three American citizen children to their undocumented mother.

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Chicago Aldermen Encourage City Workers To Spot ICE Agents

Streets and Sanitation workers could report sightings of federal agents to the ward alderman, who would then notify immigration advocates.

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A Weekend Of High Alert Passes As Immigrants Remain Vigilant

Promised ICE raids didn’t appear to materialize after a weekend of fear among immigrants. Plans to remain on alert continue this week.

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Immigration Activists Monitoring Feds On Bike And Foot

Activists fanned out across the Chicago region Sunday to track immigration raids by federal authorities.

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Chicago Activists Denounce Raids, Demand Action

Immigration activists are calling on Chicago’s mayor to sign an executive order barring city police from working with federal agents.

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Chicago Immigrant Has Sought Sanctuary Inside A Church For Two Years

Two years after she sought sanctuary inside a church, an undocumented mother of six asks for leniency from the Trump administration.

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Familias Y Negocios Inmigrantes En Chicago Temen Posibles Redadas

La comunidad migrante en Chicago se prepara para lo peor tras amenazas de redadas este fin de semana.

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