Chicago Immigration and Naturalization Law Blog

Celebrating Asian-American Heritage Month: Illinois Welcomes Asian Immigrants
Mario A. Godoy

May is Asian-American heritage month. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in Chicago and across Illinois. The Asian American populati...

2023 Illinois Immigrant Impact Task Force
Mario A. Godoy

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker released The Illinois Immigrant Impact Task Force on May 4, 2023, a comprehensive report that delves into the various ch...

Illinois Proposes Bill To Allow Noncitizens to Vote In School Board Races
Mario A. Godoy

Illinois state lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow noncitizens to vote in school board races. But only if they have children enrolled in...

Chicago PD May Have Blocked Over 800 U Visas – Were You Denied A U Visa?
Mario A. Godoy

The Illinois Attorney General is investigating the Chicago Police Department. There are reports that they routinely denied certifications to over 800 ...

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 ...

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