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Excerpts From the Sept. 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

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-by-case basis, to receive deferred action (17 Bender's...

Undocumented Life: A Year In, Only a Handful of Immigrants Benefit From 'Prosecutorial Discretion'

"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 by Syracuse University’s Transactional...

Trafficker Sentenced to Life Without Parole

"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, was sentenced Monday to life without parole in a...

ICE Abuse of Stipulated Removal Process Against Alleged Gang Members

Another blockbuster blogging / reporting feat of strength by Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, who writes: "Federal agents deployed through a special "Gang Surge Operation" have been arresting and deporting people based solely on unreviewed allegations of alienage and gang membership, including...

Chicago Immigration Judge Denies Reprieve Motion

"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 August. The decision threw a wrench into the U.S...

SEC Sues Chicago EB-5 Regional Center, Anshoo Sethi: Massive Fraud Alleged

"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 U.S. residency through a federal visa program."...

Immigration Key to Future of the Midwest, Leaders Say

"[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 entitled: “Immigration and U.S. Economic...

Mayor of Chicago Announces Results of Sting Operation Targeting Fraudulent Immigration Service Providers

"The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) targeted 54 known immigration service providers and found that 44 percent of the businesses visited by City inspectors were not in compliance with the City ordinance regulating immigration service providers. BACP issued 77 charges...

Chicago 'MigraHack' Will Target Immigration

" Chicago techies, data nerds and community groups are preparing for three days of events surrounding the National Day of Civic Hacking on Saturday, June 1. And the organizers say this is not your average hackathon — its goal is to bridge a digital divide and reach the general public. “Civic...

Chicago Violist Plays National Anthem at Own Naturalization Ceremony

"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 .

Felony Deportations Decline as ICE Resists 2010 Morton Memo

"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 of these deportations since then—nationally...

Immigration Protesters Arrested in Chicago

"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 lane of traffic on the south side of the street...

Chicago Woman Indicted for Posing as Immigration Attorney

"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 she was an immigration attorney, and that her...

Immigration Activists Lock Themselves to Gates in Atlanta, Chicago

"Fifteen immigration activists were arrested Tuesday during a protest outside of a building that houses some offices of federal immigration authorities in Atlanta, federal authorities said. The protest began just before 11 a.m. following a news conference in front of the building during which several...

Revitalization in the Heartland of America: Welcoming Immigrant Entrepreneurs for Economic Development

"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 on Global Affairs, “the Midwest cannot...

Twitter Chat Today @ 2:00: Reimagining the Midwest - Immigration Initiatives and the Capacity of Local Leadership

"Elected and civic leaders throughout the Midwest are recognizing that they have a role to play in shaping immigration policy despite inaction at the federal level, according to a report released by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the American Immigration Council. Whether by launching...

Scammers Target Foreign Students in Chicago: ICE Alert

This SEVIS I-901 Fee Fraud Alert was broadcast on May 6, 2015 by ICE: "Recently, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) became aware that scammers are targeting students in the Chicago area in an attempt to solicit funds on behalf of the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information...

Singapore Teen Blogger Amos Yee Seeks Asylum in USA, Detained by Chicago CBP

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 Yee, 18, was detained Dec. 16 and remains in custody...

Class Action Challenges Chicago ICE Pre-Hearing Detention: Chavez Aguilar v. ICE

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 “ICE Chicago”) of detaining individuals...

Chicago Launches Ad Campaign to Counter Trump's Immigration Efforts

Reuters, May 22, 2017 - "Chicago is starting an advertising campaign to reassure immigrants that they are welcome in the third-largest U.S. city, in a show of defiance to a crackdown by President Donald Trump on people who have entered the country illegally. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Monday...

Chicago Sues Sessions Over Sanctuary Cities Threat

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 are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants...

Immigrants Needed to Bolster Midwest Economy: Report

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 and shifting professional interests—seek...

Judge Rules in Chicago's Favor on Sanctuary Cities, Grants Nationwide Injunction

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 safety grant. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber...

Lessons From the Immigration Histories of Midwestern Cities

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, however, the federal government essentially shut...

Judge Keeps Nationwide Injunction in Place in Chicago Sanctuary Cities Lawsuit

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 cities that don’t agree to tougher enforcement...