The Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic stands with our immigrant community at this time of political transition.

 

There has been much talk about how immigration will change under the new administration.  While the new President cannot alter the law unilaterally, he does have the discretion to revoke Executive Actions that President Obama issued, including DACA.  We have spoken with a number of qualified immigration legal service providers to ensure that our recommendations are consistent with theirs.  Given what we know at this time, here is what you need to know:

 

  1. We do not recommend filing initial applications for DACA at this time, and we will no longer work on DACA applications at the Clinic.
  2. If you are already a DACA recipient, do not apply for advance parole now.
  3. If you have advance parole travel documents, we encourage you to travel abroad now and return BEFORE January 20, 2017.
  4. If you believe you would qualify for DACA, we suggest that you be screened by a qualified immigration provider to see if you are eligible for any immigration options other than DACA.
  5. If you have been a legal permanent resident (green card holder) for three or more years, we suggest that you consider applying now for U.S. Citizenship.
  6. If you have ever had an encounter with police or law enforcement, whether that resulted in an arrest or not, do not submit any immigration application unless you have consulted with a licensed attorney.
  7. Beware of immigration scams and non-attorney “notarios” who offer immigration services. Get information and assistance only from qualified immigration legal service providers.
  8. The Immigration Advocates Network maintains a national directory of more than 950 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal service providers in all 50 states. It can be found online at https://www.immigrationlawhelp.org

 

We will continue to advocate for Congress to pass laws that create benefits and protections for immigrants, and that are consistent with our values as Americans – liberty and justice for all.

 

We remain committed to fighting for the values that bind our community together: Respect for the inherent dignity of every individual regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. We will work to protect these values with the tools at our disposal to provide advocacy and legal representation to those in need.

 

Contact the Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic at 847-926-1867 to schedule a legal consultation by phone or email us at info@hphlegalaid.org