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Court rules immigrant children are entitled to court hearings

When federal authorities place immigrant children living in Illinois, Wisconsin and across the United States in detainment, those children have a right to challenge the decision and understand the reasoning behind it. So says the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to NBC Chicago, which recently ruled that immigrant children who do not have parents who reside in the country still have a right to a court hearing.

Fear keeping immigrant women from reporting domestic abuse

Signs indicate that immigrant women living across Illinois and the United States are more fearful than ever when it comes to reporting that they are victims of domestic abuse, but if you are among them, you may have options. At Francis Law Center, we have helped many clients navigate these and other complex issues relating to immigration, and we may be able to do the same for you.

Supreme Court decision seeks to treat fathers and mothers equally

Many immigrant families first rely on the support of one parent working in the United States for their livelihood. Once that parent obtains citizenship, he or she can sponsor the rest of the family into the country. However, this idea can make for precarious immigration guidelines for children born of unmarried parents with mixed status.

What is a U visa?

If you are an immigrant living in Illinois, a victim of a crime and looking to apply for what is known as a U visa, you may find that local law enforcement officials are reluctant to assist you. Per the Chicago Sun, U visas, which are visas for undocumented immigrants who are victims of crimes, are routinely denied to immigrants throughout Chicago and surrounding areas.

What unique mental health concerns do immigrants face?

If you are an immigrant living in Illinois, Wisconsin or another part of the nation and you have experienced an uptick in anxiety, chronic stress and related mental health issues, you are not alone. Many immigrants like you are reporting significant increases in mental health issues and struggles in the wake of the most recent presidential election and the president’s promises to continue to take an aggressive approach to immigration in the nation.

Farm industry expressing concerns about immigration enforcement

The vast majority of farm workers across Illinois, Wisconsin and the United States are foreign-born, and if you are among the more than two-thirds of farm workers who fall into this category, you may have concerns about whether you will be able to continue your employment under the current presidential administration. At Francis Law Center, we have a firm understanding of immigration laws and practices as they relate to employment, and we have helped numerous clients navigate complex employment and visa-related immigration issues.

Undocumented immigrants at airports may be subject to questioning

Fears about deportation and calling attention to themselves have many immigrants across Illinois and Wisconsin making changes to their daily routines, and a newly issued warning may lead to even more deviations. Per CBS Chicago,  immigrants at airports are increasingly receiving unwanted attention from customs and border patrol agents, even if they are not actually traveling by plane, and the crackdown has immigrants throughout the region fearful of getting stopped and questioned.

Deportation fears leading immigrants to avoid critical services

As an immigrant living in Illinois, Wisconsin or another part of the United States, you may have noticed some widespread changes that have permeated many immigrant communities in the months since the most recent presidential election. If you are like many residents, you may be fearful of going about your day-to-day life as you once did or relying on health and wellness-related services you need due to fears relating to deportation. At Francis Law Center, we understand these common fears, and we have helped many clients navigate through complex immigration issues and concerns.

How might new immigration guidelines impact computer programmers?

If you are looking to obtain an H-1B visa so that you can work as a computer programmer in Illinois, Wisconsin or another part of the United States, you may find that the process of obtaining one is becoming more difficult. Similarly, if you are a company looking to sponsor an H-1B visa applicant or employ an immigrant in a computer programming or technology-related role, be prepared to make a strong argument for why you need to do so.

Chicago teachers learning to combat student immigration anxieties

While many immigrant parents across Illinois, Wisconsin and the United States likely refrain from discussing their deportation concerns with their children, many immigrant children are expressing their own fears at school, and it is raising ire among educators. Per the Chicago Sun Times, more than 240 educators within the Chicago Public Schools system have undergone specialized training recently to help them reduce the growing anxiety felt by so many of their students.

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