Immigration Law

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Felony Deportations Decline as ICE Resists 2010 Morton Memo
Posted on 31 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In 2010, the head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency told his staff to focus on deporting the most dangerous and violent undocumented immigrants. But an investigation by The Chicago Reporter found little change in the percentage... Read More

Lessons From the Immigration Histories of Midwestern Cities
Posted on 20 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CCGA, Sept. 18, 2017 - "Cities of the American Midwest were largely built by immigration. Immigrants and their children were a key component of the population growth these cities experienced in the early decades of the last century. In the 1920s... Read More

SEC Sues Chicago EB-5 Regional Center, Anshoo Sethi: Massive Fraud Alleged
Posted on 11 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges and an asset freeze against an individual living in Illinois and two companies behind an investment scheme defrauding foreign investors seeking profitable returns and a legal path to... Read More

Lining Up in Chicago, With Hopes of Gaining Legal Status
Posted on 19 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

“I came with my dad. I remember going from hotel to hotel. We would travel when it was really dark. We first went through Belize and through Mexico by bus. Today is great. It’s something we’ve been waiting for. It’s a new beginning... Read More

Tags: daca , Chicago

Undocumented Life: A Year In, Only a Handful of Immigrants Benefit From 'Prosecutorial Discretion'
Posted on 31 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigrant advocates called the prosecutorial discretion announcement a victory, and it gave immigrants like Pineda hope. But, one year later, only 132 deportations cases in Chicago immigration court have been closed, according to the database maintained... Read More

Chicago: Immigrants Need Not Fear Police
Posted on 20 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Undocumented immigrants who witness crimes or are victims themselves would have nothing to fear from Chicago Police— and no excuse to avoid cooperating with them — under a mayoral plan unveiled Tuesday that united former political adversaries... Read More

Politicians Among Thousands in Chicago for DACA Session
Posted on 19 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"At Navy Pier here, young people began lining up on Tuesday evening for a counseling session about the program that was organized by an immigrants’ rights group. By midmorning Wednesday, the line wound down the long pier, through a park and... Read More

Immigration Protesters Arrested in Chicago
Posted on 9 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Chicago Police say 121 immigration rights demonstrators were arrested at a sit-in on Clark Street at Congress this afternoon. Police say the demonstrators blocked traffic on Clark Street for almost an hour. The police line on Congress blocked one... Read More

Chicago Violist Plays National Anthem at Own Naturalization Ceremony
Posted on 24 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The principal violist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago was one of 142 people who became an American citizen today and she was part of the naturalization program, playing the Star Spangled Banner." - CBS Chicago, July 22, 2013 . Read More

Singapore Teen Blogger Amos Yee Seeks Asylum in USA, Detained by Chicago CBP
Posted on 25 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Associated Press, Dec. 24, 2016 - "A teenage blogger from Singapore whose supporters say is seeking asylum is in custody after being detained last week at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, U.S. immigration officials said Saturday. Amos... Read More

Immigrants Needed to Bolster Midwest Economy: Report
Posted on 25 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chicago Council, Aug. 24, 2017 - "The leisure and hospitality sector is a crucial part of the Midwest economy. Its vitality increasingly depends on immigrant workers and entrepreneurs, as US-born workers—with increasingly higher levels of education... Read More

Immigration Key to Future of the Midwest, Leaders Say
Posted on 1 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[I]mmigration reform is key to the economic future of the Midwest and its ability to globally compete for talent, said a bipartisan group of business and civic leaders who gathered at the National Press Building in Washington D.C. for a conference... Read More

Chicago Woman Indicted for Posing as Immigration Attorney
Posted on 18 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Maricela Haro had an elaborate strategy for finding vulnerable immigrants and scamming them out of thousands of dollars. Some of Haro’s victims say her scheme revolved around winning their trust. It went like this: She falsely claimed that... Read More

Chicago Immigration Judge Denies Reprieve Motion
Posted on 28 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Chicago judge denied an immigration prosecutor’s request last week for an “administrative closure” of a deportation proceeding against Sebastian Pineda, a Mexican immigrant whose case was chronicled by The Chicago Reporter in... Read More

Trafficker Sentenced to Life Without Parole
Posted on 28 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Their nightmare dragged on for more than two years. The undocumented women from Eastern Europe were brought to the Chicago area where they were later beaten, branded and forced into prostitution. The man responsible for the scheme, Alex Campbell... Read More