Immigration Law

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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

Federal Witness Promised U Visa; Did DHS Reneg on Deal?
Posted on 21 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

María Ines Zamudio, Commercial Appeal, June 18, 2016 - "Wendy Sarai Palacios thought she'd struck a deal with someone she could trust — the U.S. government. She'd fearfully testify against the predatory smuggler who brought her... Read More

'Motor Voter' Error Could Trigger Deportation
Posted on 22 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With her fiancée visa in hand, Elizabeth Keathley moved to Bloomington from her native Philippines in 2003. She quickly went about organizing the details of her new life in Illinois, including getting her driver’s license. At the Illinois... Read More

Memphis Non-Profit Helps Young Immigrants Navigate Legal Sytem
Posted on 11 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

María Ines Zamudio, Commercial Appeal, Mar. 10, 2016 - " Mid-South Immigration Advocates started in 2013 helping immigrants of all ages, but the organization shifted its focus to children. Attorney and founding member Wannamaker said she helped... Read More

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

Speedy Removal
Posted on 3 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"From October 2007 through September 2011, more than 460,000 deportations were carried out under reinstatements across the country, shows an analysis of U.S. Department of Homeland Security records by The Chicago Reporter. Like Monreal, these immigrants... Read More

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