American Immigration Lawyers Association
Chicago Chapter

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AILA Chicago Welcomes Reintroduction of Bipartisan Bill to Protect DREAMers

Chicago, IL – The Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) celebrates the reintroduction of the “Bar Removal of Immigrants who Dream and Grow the Economy” or BRIDGE Act, a bipartisan bill, in the U.S. Senate on January 12, 2017. AILA Chicago specifically thanks Senator Dick Durkin (D) for his leadership in the Senate as well as U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D) and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R) for introducing companion legislation in the House of Representatives. AILA welcomes the bill’s bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

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The Chicago Chapter goes Platinum!

The national organization of the American Immigration Lawyers Association created the Chapter Award Program to recognize Chapters for their dedication, outstanding efforts, and achievements throughout the program year.

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Our incoming Chair, Mercedes Badia-Tavas, was interviewed on Univision

Our incoming Chair, Mercedes Badia-Tavas, was interviewed on Univision on Tuesday evening regarding the difference between notarios and attorneys.  The presentation was a joint effort of Univision and the ABA’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, and is part of the ABA’s ongoing Know Your Rights/Conozca Sus Derechos series.

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Activist fights denial of DACA renewal after civil disobedience arrests

A Chicago woman who has been an advocate for the Dream Act and for DACA relief was denied renewal of her DACA application.  After a number of arrests tied to acts of civil disobedience in immigration-related protests, USCIS denied her application for renewal, citing public safety concerns.  AILA member Chuck Roth and NIJC are representing her in a lawsuit filed in the Northern District of Illinois.  The Chicago Tribune has the story here.  NIJC’s press release, complete with a link to the complaint, is here.

Area non-profit organizations prepare for ICE raids

In light of a recent announcement by ICE that there will be another round of raids, Erie Neighborhood House will be hosting a Know Your Rights presentation on Tuesday, May 31st from 6-7pm in Templeton Hall, 1347 W Erie St. Chicago IL 60642. This is an important time to educate the community about their rights! The presentation includes information about dealing with the police, ICE, and a person’s options if he or she is placed in deportation proceedings.

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Families and community members who witness ICE raids are encouraged to call ICIRR’s Family Support Hotline at (855) 435-7693 and visit for more information on what to do in case of an ICE raid.

Aurora Family Man Fights To Stay In America

Read about the ongoing advocacy efforts to stop the deportation of a long-time Aurora resident, behind whom the entire community has rallied.

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AILA Annual Conference Early-Bird Savings End May 10

Take advantage of all the great learning and networking opportunities at the 2016 AILA Annual Conference (AC16), June 22–25, 2016, in Las Vegas. AC16 features more than 170 CLE sessions in fundamentals, intermediate, advanced, and masters-level tracks. View the conference program and the Day-At-A-Glance, and register today.

Chicago Immigration Attorneys Report Back From Capitol Hill

Chicago, IL – On April 7, 17 members of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association traveled to Washington D.C. and visited Congressional offices to make the case for a much-needed overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.

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NIJC Releases Practice Advisory on Seeking U Visa Inadmissibility Waivers before the IJ/BIA

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) with pro bono counsel from McDermott, Will & Emery successfully litigated L.D.G. v. Holder in the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  The decision holds that immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals have jurisdiction to adjudicate INA §212(d)(3) U visa inadmissibility waivers.

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 Discount on Kurzban’s – It’s time to order!

AILA National has started the Chapter Purchase Program for the new edition of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook which is scheduled to be released in June. We can save up to 25% when we pre-order through the Chapter Purchase Program. Given the size of our Chapter and if we collectively order more than 50 Kurzban’s, each book will cost $320 (normal price is $429!) 

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AILA Chicago Chapter Holiday Party

Members of the Chapter and invited guests enjoyed our annual Holiday Party at the Union League Club on December 9.  Our own member was honored for his many contributions to the Chapter over the years.  Introducing him was friend to the Chapter and long-time former member Susan Compernolle.

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