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October 23, 2019
Marjorie M. Filice

Impact of REAL ID on Immigrants in Illinois

After initially opposing the REAL ID law, Illinois is now providing optional REAL IDs. The REAL ID Act Passed in Congress in 2005. Illinois only started issuing compliant IDs in April 2019. REAL ID sets national standards for how people...

October 14, 2019
Anna Buskila

Immigration Consequences of Legal Marijuana Use

Illinois has become the 11th state to legalize the purchase and possession of recreational marijuana. Beginning in 2020, Illinois residents over 21 will be able to buy marijuana for recreational use from licensed sellers in Illinois. According to the new...

September 12, 2019
Jeffrey Cohn

Illinois Becomes More Immigrant-Friendly Under Governor J.B. Pritzker

Although immigration is regulated at the federal level, states often pass laws that impact immigrants on a more local level. Since Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker took office on January 14, 2019, he has signed several measures intended to make Illinois...

May 24, 2019
Anna Buskila

Israeli Citizens are Finally Eligible for E-2 Treaty Investor Visa

Effective May 1, 2019, Israeli citizens are finally eligible for a Treaty Investor (E-2) visa to live and work in the United States. The E-2 visa permits Israeli citizens to start or buy business in the United States. Israelis who...

April 04, 2019
Zeena Barazanji

Illinois Streamlines Rules Enabling Immigrant Survivors of Crime to Achieve Visa Eligibility

On January 1, 2019, Illinois enacted the Voices of Immigrant Communities Empowering Survivors (VOICES) Act. The VOICES Act sets uniform T and U Visa certification standards for all law enforcement agencies in Illinois.  Congress established the T and U Visas...

Take it from a former judge: Quotas for Immigration Judges are a Bad Idea.

On March 30th, the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General Sessions announced that Immigration Judges will now be subject to case completion quotas. This unprecedented change will be effective October 1, 2018, and starting then, immigration judges will be...

December 08, 2017
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration to Implement Travel Ban 3, Bar Citizens of 8 Countries

On Monday, December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump Administration to begin enforcing the current version of the travel ban, Executive Order 3 (“EO-3”), denying visas and entry to citizens of eight mostly Muslim-majority countries. The countries affected...

August 03, 2017
Beata Leja

President Trump Backs RAISE Act to Cut Immigration to US by 50%

While President Trump has made it a priority to curb undocumented immigrants from both coming to and remaining in the U.S. (immigration arrests shot up by 38% in 2017 over the same period in 2016), on August 2, 2017, the...

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