Immigration Law

Chicago Immigration Court Snapshot

STEPHEN FRANKLIN, CLARISSA DONNELLY-DEROVEN & CAMILLE ERICKSON, Pacific Standard Magazine, June 26, 2019

"Far from the glare and controversy over immigration at the nation's Southern border, the dealings of the Chicago immigration court offer a compelling insight into what experts say is wrong with the national system: a crushing backlog of cases, long delays in processing them, judges under pressure to make decisions quickly, more stringent yet unclear rules about who should get asylum, and general chaos wherein too many asylum seekers don't have lawyers and don't understand the system they are trying to navigate. Months of court observation and interviews with several dozen attorneys, legal rights groups, and immigrant advocacy groups revealed that the court is roiled by long- and short-term problems, many heaped upon it by the Trump administration. ... Listing the immigration courts' many problems, the American Bar Association recently issued a dire warning. "The immigration courts are facing an existential crisis. The current system is irredeemably dysfunctional and on the brink of collapse," the ABA said."