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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...

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...

Speedy Removal

"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 were deported without the opportunity to appear...

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...

'Motor Voter' Error Could Trigger Deportation

"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 Department of Motor Vehicles she was asked...

Memphis Non-Profit Helps Young Immigrants Navigate Legal Sytem

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 to start the organization because she saw the...

Federal Witness Promised U Visa; Did DHS Reneg on Deal?

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 into the country illegally in 2014 then attempted...