Immigration Law

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Castañon Nava Settlement News (ICE Sweeps)
Posted on 28 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, OCAD, ICIRR, Feb. 8, 2022 "The use of illegal traffic stops and arrest practices by federal immigration enforcement officials will be curtailed under a settlement resolving a lawsuit brought by Chicago area residents detained in ICE sweeps... Read More

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ICE’s Ability To Detain Immigrants Through Mass Raids And Traffic Stops Significantly Limited By New Court Settlement
Posted on 8 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, Feb. 8, 2022 "The use of illegal traffic stops and arrest practices by federal immigration enforcement officials will be curtailed under a settlement resolving a lawsuit brought by Chicago area residents detained in ICE sweeps in 2018. Today... Read More

Cook County PDs to Provide Representation in Immigration Court
Posted on 16 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mauricio Peña, Block Club Chicago, Sept. 15, 2021 "The Cook County Public Defender’s Office soon can represent non-citizens in court regardless of immigration status, a victory for advocates who have fought for more legal representation... Read More

Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories
Posted on 19 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, Nov. 19, 2020 "During the day, immigrant teenagers attend high school. At night, they work in factories to pay debts to smugglers and send money to family. The authorities aren’t surprised by child labor. They’re... Read More

CA7 on Byrne JAG Grant Conditions: Chicago v. Barr
Posted on 30 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chicago v. Barr "We conclude again today, as we did when presented with the preliminary injunction, that the Attorney General cannot pursue the policy objectives of the executive branch through the power of the purse or the arm of local law enforcement;... Read More

Deported Army Veteran Returns to US for Citizenship Bid
Posted on 25 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sophia Tareen, Associated Press, Sept. 24, 2019 "An Army veteran who was deported to Mexico in 2018 arrived back in Chicago Tuesday for a final chance at becoming a U.S. citizen and living in the city he has called home since boyhood. Federal... Read More

Chicago Immigration Court Snapshot
Posted on 27 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Permanent Injunction Granted in Cal. Sanctuary Cities Case
Posted on 8 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

San Francisco v. Sessions, Oct. 5, 2018 - "In agreement with every court that has looked at these issues, I find that: the challenged conditions violate the separation of powers; Section 1373 is unconstitutional; the Attorney General exceeds the... Read More

Revitalization in the Heartland of America: Welcoming Immigrant Entrepreneurs for Economic Development
Posted on 17 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A potent combination of declining population growth and economic stagnation has led many cities and metropolitan regions to rethink how to reinvigorate their communities. The Midwest is a prime example of this trend. According to the Chicago Council... Read More

Judge Rules in Chicago's Favor on Sanctuary Cities, Grants Nationwide Injunction
Posted on 15 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chicago Tribune, Sept. 15, 2017 - "In a ruling with national impact, a federal judge in Chicago on Friday blocked the Trump administration's rules requiring so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration agents in order to get a public... Read More

Excerpts From the Sept. 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 27 Aug 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Begins In mid-June, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain young people who came to the United States as children and who meet certain key guidelines might be eligible, on a case... Read More

Chicago Sues Sessions Over Sanctuary Cities Threat
Posted on 7 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Associated Press, Aug. 7, 2017 - "Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, with Chicago becoming one of the first cities Monday to sue the government over what many U.S. cities argue... Read More

CA7 Upholds Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Against Sessions - City of Chicago v. Sessions
Posted on 19 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

City of Chicago v. Sessions - "This appeal is from the grant of a preliminary injunction in favor of the City of Chicago (the “City”) and against Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the Attorney General of the United States, enjoining... Read More

Judge Keeps Nationwide Injunction in Place in Chicago Sanctuary Cities Lawsuit
Posted on 15 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Michael Tarm, AP, Oct. 13, 2017 - "A federal judge in Chicago on Friday denied a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to lift a national freeze on a Trump administration policy that would withhold public safety grants to so-called sanctuary... Read More

Class Action Challenges Chicago ICE Pre-Hearing Detention: Chavez Aguilar v. ICE
Posted on 28 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chavez Aguilar v. ICE, Case: 1:17-cv-02296, N.D. Il., E.D., Mar. 27, 2017 - "This complaint presents a challenge to the policy and practice of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Chicago Field Office (hereinafter “ICE” or... Read More