There will be coordinated humanitarian effort on January 30, 2017 to help those immigrants detained at O’Hare Airport as a result of the recently imposed ban on immigrants based upon nationality. Attorney Matthew Sperry who is the Vice Chair of the DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA) Immigration Law Committee will be spearheading the effort to connect volunteers with organizations on the ground at O’Hare. This is not a political event; it is a humanitarian effort. That is the focus. Organizations on the ground at O’Hare airport already have an apparatus in place and will be leading the effort. Here is a message from Matt Sperry:
Executive Orders were signed this past Friday suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days, suspending Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocking admissions for all visa holders and lawful permanent residents from seven different countries (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen) without notice. Dozens of individuals across the country are being detained (including at O'Hare International Airport) at ports of entry pending removal (also called deportation), separating families, and permanent residents who have lived in the US for years are facing being stranded abroad. There have also been reports of individuals entering the US with dual citizenship (including dual US Citizenship) being detained, as well as a BBC reporter, Iraqi permanent residents who obtained their status through service to the U.S. military during the Iraq war, physicians, and permanent resident parents of US Citizen children under 21, among others.
As of the time of drafting this email, there is pending federal litigation which includes a stay of removal as of Saturday night, but not detention. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Officials are continuing to detain individuals at O'Hare arriving on incoming flights. In light of this humanitarian and constitutional crisis, several advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and Lawyers for Good Governance are offering pro bono assistance to individuals being detained by DHS, and are calling out for attorney volunteers to assist the detainees.
We are is heading an effort to assist these organizations as needed with the support of attorneys Brad Giglio (Chair of the DCBA Immigration Law Committee), Megan Gieseler, Tracey Hower, and Jason Shore. We are asking that any attorneys (membership is not required) interested in going to O’Hare to volunteer with us, contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be meeting at the Mevorah Law Offices Bloomingdale Office (134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, Illinois) on January 30, 2017 at 2pm to organize and then head to O'Hare to assist the detainees.
A second group will be meeting at 7pm at the Mevorah Law Offices Lombard Office at 900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, Illinois. Megan Gieseler will be guiding the second group down to O’Hare to link up with and/or relieve the first group.
I will have further information as to what assistance is needed as the situation develops, but I have been informed that the organizations can use any attorney, regardless of immigration experience (there are experienced attorneys on hand to mentor), paralegal assistance, and anyone who can translate/interpret, and that there is a need for laptops to conduct legal research and/or draft habeas corpus petitions on the fly. If you are unable to reach me via email, you can contact me or Brad Giglio at the Mevorah Law Offices Bloomingdale telephone number at 630-529-4761.
Thank you to all who volunteer in advance, and I look forward to making a difference with you.
Attorney at Law
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