Immigration Law

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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

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

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

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

ICE Abuse of Stipulated Removal Process Against Alleged Gang Members
Posted on 7 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... 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

UPIL Watch Chicago: Margaret Carrasco
Posted on 11 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The number of undocumented immigrants accusing a prominent immigration activist of scamming them out of thousands of dollars by pretending to be an immigration lawyer keeps growing. The most recent complaint against Margaret Carrasco, filed... Read More

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How can we expect our clients to comply with address change rules when EOIR won't?
Posted on 8 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Posted by Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - EOIR Fails to File Change of Its Own Chicago Address With Itself "The EOIR issued an official announcement on December 1, 2011 indicating a move on December 7 . but it never bothered... Read More

Mayor of Chicago Announces Results of Sting Operation Targeting Fraudulent Immigration Service Providers
Posted on 8 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Holding Penalty
Posted on 2 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Under the Fair and Equal County for Immigrants ordinance, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart can decline to enforce an immigration-hold request, also known as a “detainer,” unless the federal government agrees in writing to reimburse... Read More

Chicago Launches Ad Campaign to Counter Trump's Immigration Efforts
Posted on 23 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More