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900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100

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Phone: 630-529-4761

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Phone: 630-443-0600

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Phone: 815-727-4500

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Posted on in Immigration

 IL immigration lawyerThe state of Illinois is a bit of a bellwether on immigration because there is an inherent divide in the state itself between the more conservative areas to the south, and the fairly liberal Chicagoland metropolis. In the past year, there has been quite a lot of debate, especially with the passage of the Illinois TRUST Act, which contains certain protections for undocumented immigrants. It can be easy to be confused as to what rights you have, and it is important not to make a wrong move.

The TRUST Act

The major piece of immigration-related legislation that was passed in 2018 is the Illinois TRUST Act, signed into law by Governor Rauner in August. There has been quite a lot of ink spilled regarding the Act, but it is important to understand what the actual law states and what it does not. For one, the Act does not hinder cooperation with federal law enforcement authorities, and is thus not a “sanctuary” act - but it does state that no one may be stopped by the police solely due to their immigration status. A sanctuary city is not the lawless den of criminals that some propaganda would describe it as - it merely means that the city’s law enforcement does not cooperate in handing people over to Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) if they have not committed a crime.

The TRUST Act prohibits both state and local law enforcement from detaining people solely based on their immigration status. However, it also carries a prohibition on volunteering information to any “discriminatory federal registers” based on race, national origin or another defining characteristic. While this may seem inconsequential, it is, in fact, a strong statement of support for immigrants - this law prohibits Illinois ever complying with any request for population data if there is a concern over its use being discriminatory. For example, the much-maligned voter fraud commission mounted by the current administration requested extensive data on Illinois voters, allegedly for nefarious uses. While Illinois ultimately declined to provide any data not already publicly available, this law would require that they decline to do so every time it may come up.

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Chicago immigration attorneys, immigration, undocumented immigrant, undocumented work, Illinois immigration lawIn this day and age, it can feel as though an immigrant, in particular an undocumented immigrant, has no rights at all in the United States. This is simply not true — and many times, those who may seek to infringe upon rights count on immigrants not being aware of them. If you are in the country without inspection, knowing what you can and cannot do can make a difference in how quickly you can respond to a serious situation.

Education and Public Benefits

Children in the United States are entitled to a free public education up to grade 12, regardless of their immigration status, as confirmed in the Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe (1982). This means that schools cannot restrict any child from attending primary or secondary school as long as they are under age 21 — this extends to requiring immigration information from parents, as well. In other words, a school district may not require any kind of identifying information that marks someone as a citizen or non-citizen, because to do so might have the effect of undocumented children being kept out of school.

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Chicago immigration attorneys, I-601 Waivers, I-601 Waiver of Inadmissibility, undocumented immigrant,  immigration status, order of removalWhen someone enters the United States, he or she either does so at an inspection point, like an airport or shipyard, or he or she enters without inspection, by slipping over a border. Entering without inspection (EWI) does make someone undocumented, but many people become confused about the true meaning of EWI and its potential immigration consequences.

Inadmissible vs. Removable

One of the most important misconceptions about EWI is what it means to one’s immigration status. If someone is lawfully present in the U.S. and commits a crime or overstays his or her visa, then he or she becomes removable. In other words, he or she is able to be removed from the country. However, someone who has never been lawfully present in the U.S. cannot technically be removable, because he or she is legally not present. He or she is deemed to be inadmissible instead — one of many grounds for inadmissibility listed in U.S. immigration law.

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Chicago deportation defense lawyers, undocumented immigrant, removability, deportation order, immigration lawWhether an immigrant is documented or undocumented, he or she may one day receive what the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) calls a Notice To Appear (NTA). Receiving an NTA does not automatically mean that someone is going to be deported, but it does alert the recipient that there has been an alleged violation of immigration law. If you receive an NTA, it is imperative that you understand what it actually means, and why you may be on the proverbial hook. If you do not, it will harm your ability to put on a good defense.

Potential Outcomes

The sole reason why you might receive an NTA is because the U.S. government believes you are removable (deportable) from the country, for whatever legal reason. This does not only apply to undocumented immigrants; if someone enters the country legally and then overstays, or has committed a crime, he or she may also become removable. He or she will also receive an NTA if his or her situation requires it. The “appear” in the Notice To Appear is an advisory that you are permitted to plead your case before a judge, and to articulate any special circumstances.

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Illinois TRUST Act, ICE, undocumented immigrant, immigration status, undocumented immigrantsIn August 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Illinois TRUST Act, which is the strongest state-level bulwark against profiling by immigration officials yet passed into law as of this writing. It also codifies limited cooperation with U.S. immigration agencies as state policy, at least in terms of honoring detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While this grants immigrants protection, it also drags the state into a potential fight with the U.S. Justice Department, which could have consequences.

DOJ Objections

The main crux of the Justice Department’s objections is that they believe the Act appears to “restrict the sending of information regarding immigration status.” While states have a reasonable degree of latitude in setting their own immigration rules, they must, of course, comply with federal law. However, the law regarding complying with ICE detainers is not cut and dried. While law enforcement agencies must comply with a warrant or with an in-person request to hand over a person in most circumstances, an ICE detainer is a mere request to law enforcement.

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