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Chicago deportation defense attorneys, green card holders, cancellation of removal, DACA recipients, DREAMersAs of this writing, both houses of Congress have failed to pass any comprehensive fix for the lingering question that is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Instituted under President Obama, the program has been under attack since the installation of the current administration, being ‘cancelled’ in September 2017, though currently there is an injunction in place against its disbandment. Nonetheless, the question must be asked—if no fix is passed to grant legal status to the DREAMers, what can they do? Is there any reprieve possible?

Expedited Removal is an Issue

One major concern for many DREAMers is what is referred to as expedited removal. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), passed in 1996, instituted the concept, which permits immigration authorities to arrest and deport those in the country for less than two years without giving them a hearing before an immigration judge (which is required for all others charged with immigration violations). Formerly, this was only enforced within the so-called 100-mile zone, meaning that the interior of the country was a safe zone of sorts. This administration has extended the reach of this procedure to the entire country.

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immigration status, F1 visa,  Chicago immigration attorneys, obtain legal status, Visa Waiver ProgramIn today’s fraught immigration climate, more and more immigrants who come to the U.S. want to be able to adjust from a nonimmigrant visa to an immigrant visa or status which will allow them to remain in the country. Normally, adjusting one’s immigration status is a fairly low-key affair. However, during the current administration, the procedure has become more intimidating. Understanding what is required can make it less so. 

Are You in the U.S.?

It may seem like splitting hairs, but one important factor is that if you are not currently located in the United States, any attempt to change to an immigrant visa or green card is not called adjustment of status. Rather, it is called consular processing, because technically, a putative immigrant who is not in the United States has no status to change. Anyone abroad would simply go through normal consular processing, just for a much longer-term visa than the more common B1/B2.

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Chicago deportation defense attorneys, temporary protected status, TPS eligibility, immigration, immigration status, immigration consequencesThe United States has granted an immigration status called Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly two decades, beginning in 1990 with the Immigration Act. However, in early 2017, the U.S. State Department sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees the program, and advised that certain groups “no longer need[ed] to be shielded from deportation” in the Secretary’s estimation. While this is not an official revocation of status, it paves the way for what will likely become a revocation. This means that some living under TPS will need to quickly depart lest they face future immigration consequences.

Who Has TPS?

Temporary Protected Status is granted at the discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security to those nationals who hail from countries where conditions make it impossible to safely return at the time the status is granted—usually due to ongoing war or natural disasters. The status is usually revoked when conditions in the country are deemed to have sufficiently improved. For example, TPS was granted to Rwandans following the 1994 genocide in their country, and was rescinded in 1997 after the country’s political system had stabilized and it was deemed safe to allow nationals to return.

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Chicago immigration attorneys, refugee status, refugee law, current immigration law, immigration statusIn September 2017, the federal administration began to float the idea of lowering the already-low refugee cap numbers for FY 2018, citing an allegedly insufficient vetting process, especially for those from countries which have historically sponsored terrorism. Given the somewhat frenetic pace of government in the eight months since the changeover, the story has somewhat gotten lost in the national media, but to those who have family members who might qualify for status, this is a very real concern. It is important to understand the truth of the situation and not fall prey to the misinformation that abounds.

The Process is Extremely Comprehensive

One of the most common misconceptions about refugee resettlement in the United States is that they are simply permitted to walk into the country, so to speak; the average layman is only familiar with standard visa vetting (if that), and often wrongly equates it with refugee processing.

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sanctuary city, Trust Act, Chicago immigration attorneys,  immigration enforcement, Illinois immigrantsChicago is still a sanctuary city, and will remain so for the foreseeable future, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. However, this decision has not come without comment. The U.S. Attorney General has been highly critical of Chicago’s leadership, seeing fit to draw conclusions about the city’s crime rate versus that of Miami, ascribing the difference solely to Miami-Dade’s capitulation to the Justice Department’s request to honor immigration detainers. In what may be seen as a reaction to such talk, Gov. Bruce Rauner may be poised to sign off on the Trust Act, which could have a small but significant effect on Illinois’ immigrant population.

Is Chicago a Sanctuary City?

While there has been much ink spilled about what a true sanctuary city is, the term of art as it is understood is solely defined as a city which does not comply with federal immigration detainers. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) sends “detainers” to local police departments when they hear of someone they believe should be detained due to their immigration status. In most cities, local police comply with these “detainers,” holding the person for longer than they would otherwise be constitutionally authorized to do. 

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