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What Is The Illinois TRUST Act?

Should law enforcement be able to detain people based only on their immigration status?

That is the question that the Illinois TRUST Act answers loud and clear. The act, which was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner in August, prohibits police officers from stopping, detaining or arresting people just because they are undocumented immigrants.

Trump Blamed The Visa Lottery For A Terrorist Attack

President Donald Trump and his White House are using the Tuesday terrorist attack in New York City to push their goal of cutting legal immigration by misleading the public about the diversity visa lottery system. But immigration experts argue that early available evidence indicates the focus should be on preventing radicalization - and that eliminating the diversity lottery or blocking people from certain nations won't prevent such attacks.

Up Coming Event!

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 4pm-5:30pm Attorney Priscilla Orta will be attending the event Deconstructing the Good vs. Bad Immigrant Narrative. Attorney Priscilla will be speaking about immigration and the gang database. The event will be held at Roosevelt University-Chicago Campus, 430 South Michigan Avenue Sullivan Room, Chicago, IL 60605 and this event is welcomed to the public.

DACA Next Steps

Attorney Priscilla Orta will be speaking tonight at Chavez Elementary Multicultural Academy which is located at4747 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609. She will be speaking about the next steps for DACA tonight at 5:30pm with Senator Duckworth and U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi.

DACA No Longer!

As of September 5, 2017 Immigration is no longer accepting DACA applications for those applying for the first time. Immigration will be accepting DACA renewal applications no later than October 5, 2017. Those who are reapplying for DACA are only eligible if their work permits are expiring between September 8, 2017 and March 5, 2018. If you have any concerns regarding DACA eligibility please call our Law Firm.

Rauner signs 'Illinois Trust Act'

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law on August 28, 2017 the Illinois Trust Act. The messure will prohibit police officers and other law enforcement officicals from stopping, detaining, or arresting anyone based on their immigration status or an immigration detainer. Rauner stated "Illinois has been welcoming of immigrants for a long time, and this bill will continue that tradition."

Are Deportations Increasing Under The Trump Administration?

From the start of his election campaign up to today, President Donald Trump has been very vocal about his stance on immigration policies. Now, six months into his presidency, it is a good time to look at the actual numbers and what they mean for immigrants.

Immigration Raids to Target Teens

U.S. immigration officials are expected to begin 4 days of nationwide raids that will be targeting teenagers suspected of belonging to gangs. The teenagers targeted will be 16 and 17 year olds who are suspected of gang activity. The teenagers who would meet the criteria will be those who have a gang related tattoo, wearing gang apparel, or those who hang around areas that are frequented by gangs.

10 states urging Trump Administration to end DACA

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and officials from nine other states on Thursday urged the Trump administration to end an Obama-era (DACA) program that's allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to live and work in the country without fear of being deported.In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Paxton urged the White House to rescind the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

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