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Chicago immigration lawyers, immigration detention, child detainees, Illinois immigration law, unaccompanied minorsAs if the news of the United States government’s losing track of 1,475 unaccompanied minor children ostensibly placed with sponsors was not cause enough for concern, a recent proposal from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeks to further modify the latitude that the federal government is able to exercise over the treatment of child detainees. While still a working draft, the proposal is replete with potential modifications that would allow leeway for legitimized abuses of power that would appear to serve no purpose other than the exercise of that power. It is imperative that parents be aware of the proposed changes, so that they may be better prepared to work against them if it is ever required in their situation.

Transfers and Detentions

Perhaps the most immediate threat is that the proposal seeks to modify transfer regulations and to alter the rules surrounding separating families in detention. As of this writing, a document called the Flores Settlement Agreement serves as a federal consent decree governing the treatment and transfer of people in federal immigration custody, and limits the detention of children in immigration jails, instead requiring their transfer to a family residence facility within 5 days. The current administration would seek to relax that period, potentially opening the door to confining children of all ages in detention facilities, without access to important necessities.

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family based immigration, Chicago immigration lawyers, current immigration law, permanent residence, green card holderWith false and misinformed claims regarding family immigration in the news on a seemingly constant basis in recent weeks and months, it is imperative that accurate information find its way to the forefront of the discussion. With malicious claims of “chain migration” being commonplace, it matters that everyone who needs true information about family migration be able to access it. 

MYTH: If you are a naturalized U.S. citizen, you can sponsor any member of your family to immigrate.

TRUTH: This is false. Family-based immigration is restricted in that a naturalized citizen may only sponsor his or her spouse, children, and if he or she is over age 21, his or her siblings and parents. However, the mere ability to sponsor someone does not mean that your family member’s path to legal status in the U.S. will be somehow faster than anyone else’s; it conveys no real advantage, given that every documented immigrant must go through the same process. Also, a sponsor does not mean that a person’s application will be vetted any less stringently than someone’s application for asylum or an employment-based application for status, despite more misleading and inaccurate claims being perpetuated by media and government officials.

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Chicago immigration lawyers, Illinois immigration, immigration policy, F Visa, current immigration law, family-based immigrationAfter the December 11 attack in New York City that was perpetrated by a Bangladeshi immigrant, the president and current administration have gone on the offensive, arguing loudly about the evils of what is being called “chain migration.” They allege that chain migration, also called ‘extended chain migration,’ is a lax policy that permits too many immigrants into the U.S. without proper vetting.

While numerous experts have debunked such claims as manifestly paranoid, it is important to understand the legal arguments surrounding this issue, especially since the authority of the Oval Office may be turned arbitrarily on this aspect of U.S. immigration policy if nothing changes.

A Long and Complex Path

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Chicago immigration lawyers, dual citizenship, citizenship, United States citizenship, path to citizenshipIn today’s interconnected world, holding more than one nationality is somewhat commonplace. In the United States, however, it was illegal to hold dual citizenship until relatively recently, as the law barring the practice was only overturned in 1967. There are still restrictions in place that do bar dual citizenship in certain circumstances. Still, most of the time it is perfectly legal to do so assuming you meet the other requirements for citizenship.

Often Acquired by Chance

The majority of dual nationals within the United States or its territories have acquired the status simply due to chance or relationship. Children born to U.S. nationals while they reside in other countries will almost always qualify for dual citizenship. For example, a child born in Germany to married U.S. citizen parents will qualify for both German and U.S. citizenship; the first through location of birth, the second through their parents’ fulfilling citizenship and residency requirements under U.S. law.

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Chicago immigration lawyers, immigration law, deportation, waiver of inadmissibility, unlawful presence waiversBeing deported can put a person’s entire life on hold. If it happens to you, you have every right to want to return as quickly as possible. However, depending on your situation, you may not be able to do so without waiting a very long time, if you want to do so legally. Before putting the process in motion to return to the U.S., it is a good idea to learn if it would even be possible, and how long it might take.

Bars and Waivers

If you or a loved one have been deported, it is because you were found to be in violation of some provision of U.S. immigration law, most often the Immigration & Nationality Act. Depending on the nature of the offense, immigrants who are deported are subject to what are called bars, which last either five, ten or twenty years. In rare cases, there is a permanent bar, but that tends to be reserved for those who commit offenses like entering the country without inspection (unlawful entry) after being deported, given the rationale that the consequences of such an act were already spelled out for those people. Normally, a deportee must wait this time out; however, he or she may be eligible for a waiver of the offense in certain circumstances.

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