Chicago Immigration and Naturalization Law Blog

The Wings of Mexico: A Symbol of Immigrant Journey
Mario A. Godoy

The “Wings of Mexico” is on display at the Plaza of The Americas on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The sculpture is a symbol of the immigrant j...

Illinois Launches Free Health Care Coverage for Senior Immigrants
Mario A. Godoy

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services launched the Health Benefits for Immigrant Adults Program to provide free health care covera...

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...

What Do the NYC Noncitizen Voter Laws Mean In Illinois?
Mario A. Godoy

New York City passed new laws that allow noncitizens to vote in local elections. Effective 2023, the NYC noncitizen voter laws mean that approximately...

New 2022 Illinois Immigration Laws
Mario A. Godoy

Hundreds of new laws go into effect in Illinois in 2022, including 3 new immigration laws that protect the rights of immigrants. Here are the new 2022...

Illinois Way Forward Act Upheld by Federal Judge
Mario A. Godoy

A December 7 ruling by a federal judge upheld a new law to outlaw for-profit detention centers in Illinois. U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard of ...

National Immigrants Day 2021
Mario A. Godoy

The United States of America is known around the globe as the world’s melting pot, and every year on October 28, we celebrate National Immigrant...

Illinois Expands Health Insurance For Undocumented Seniors
Mario A. Godoy

Illinois’ program that provides healthcare coverage for undocumented low-income seniors who are residents of Illinois. Medicaid qualifications h...

2020 Census Data and Illinois Immigration
Mario A. Godoy

The new data from the 2020 census is in, and it will influence how $1.5 trillion in federal spending is distributed to each state for the next 10 year...

Pritzker Creates the Welcoming Illinois Office
Mario A. Godoy

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed an executive order on August 2, 2021, creating the Welcoming Illinois Office for Immigrants and Refugees: “...

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