Chicago Immigration and Naturalization Law Blog

New ICE Policy Memo on Closing Deportation Proceedings
Mario A. Godoy

A policy memo issued on April 3 that went into effect on April 25 provides guidance to ICE prosecutors to dismiss non-priority deportation cases. Unde...

Title 42 Ends May 23
Mario A. Godoy

Since March 2020, U.S. southern border officials have used Title 42 policy to limit the spread of COVID-19 to quickly expel undocumented migrants at t...

What Is A Hardship Waiver?
Mario A. Godoy

One of the worst experiences you can have is to be denied a green card when outside of the United States. Often this happens after a consular intervie...

Can I File For An Inadmissibility Waiver?
Mario A. Godoy

Certain immigration violations make people ineligible for admission to the United States. In some cases, a person whose immigration application is den...

New US Protections for Ukrainian Refugees and Immigrants
Mario A. Godoy

With the escalating attack by Russia on Ukraine, the United States is looking at measures to protect Ukrainian immigrants already in the U.S. from rem...

What Happened to Detainees After Illinois ICE Centers Closed?
Mario A. Godoy

Immigrant detention in Illinois has ended. The Illinois Way Forward Act ended ICE detention in Illinois. Before the new law went into effect, McHenry ...

Illinois Forward Act Finally Goes Into Effect January 13
Mario A. Godoy

McHenry County Jail was finally forced to put the Illinois Forward Act into effect on January 13 after a federal appellate court ruling that McHenry a...

Court Rules Low-Level Marijuana Crimes Are Not Cause For Deportation
Mario A. Godoy

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a low-level marijuana crime conviction is not grounds for deportation for an immigrant legally living in the Unit...

What Are Deportable Offenses?
Mario A. Godoy

Certain crimes committed by non-citizens are grounds for deportation. A foreign national can be forced to leave the United States and deported to thei...

Court Rules Immigrant Detainees Should Be Paid Minimum Wage
Mario A. Godoy

A federal jury has found that immigrant detainees that are paid $1 a day are being exploited, and must be paid minimum wage. The Washington state dete...

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