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What’s Next for Family Detention?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has made important announcements in the past month regarding family detention – specifically, regarding Central American mothers and children who have been languishing in DHS custody while their asylum claims proceed in immigration court. … Continue reading

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DACA (Deferred Action) Forms Now Available

USCIS hosted another stakeholder teleconference this afternoon and announced the availability on the USCIS website of the forms that will be necessary to apply for DACA (deferred action for DREAMers) starting tomorrow (8/15/2012).  The forms are: 1) I-821D, available here, … Continue reading

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Deferred Action for DREAMers

On August 3, 2012, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas and other senior DHS officials held a stakeholder conference call to discuss Secretary Janet Napolitano’s June 15th Deferred Action policy memorandum.  The following are my notes from that call, regarding what USCIS … Continue reading

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DHS To Announce Deferred Action for “DREAMers”

BREAKING NEWS from AILA National: “DHS will formally announce this morning that it will offer deferred action to DREAMers. Preliminary information indicates that eligible applicants must: • Be 15-30 years old, and have entered before age 16 • Have been … Continue reading

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National Day(s) of Action – Part 3 – Act Locally!!

This week, your federal elected officials are home for District/State work.  This provides you with the opportunity to visit their local offices and events such as town hall meetings and advocate for needed reforms even if you were unable to … Continue reading

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National Day(s) of Action 2012 – Part 2

I have one of these PFAW posters on a wall in my office.  I got it at a May 1 immigration march in Chicago a few years ago.  “Today We March – Tomorrow We Vote“.  To me, it’s a reminder … Continue reading

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National Day(s) of Action 2012

 March 29, 2012 is the AILA National Day of Action.  Immigration advocates from around the country will be donating their time and resources to travel to Washington, D.C. and deliver a simple but important message to our nation’s leaders: Immigration … Continue reading

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HB 5750 (Illinois)

At this year’s AILA Annual Conference, there will be a number of programs dealing with the overlap between immigration law and criminal law, and with post-conviction relief after Padilla.  The “Criminal Law for Immigration Litigators” panel will discuss the need … Continue reading

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Evento: Recursos Para Negocios Chicos (12/14/2011)

La Chicago Public Library (Biblioteca Pública de Chicago) presenta un evento gratuito en español: Información y recursos para negocios chicos – miércoles 14 de diciembre, 18:30-20:30 en la biblioteca Harold Washington (400 S. State St.).

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There’s an “ICE hold” – now what?

When a non-citizen is arrested by local law enforcement, a bond may be set for their release – but sometimes friends and relatives go to the jail to pay that bond, only to be told that the person will not … Continue reading

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