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QUIETLY WORKING - even though you haven't heard from us in a while, Northern IL JFON has been quietly continuing the work we do on behalf of the immigrant clients we serve. Our wonderful volunteers dedicate their time and energies to making the clinics welcoming. Our lawyers keep meticulous records and countless hours working  on the legal paperwork. Our new Director of Development has 'hit the ground running' working to make JFON even stronger. 

So please don't think that because you haven't heard from us, we haven't been busy!

Much of the time in immigration law is spent in waiting. And as supporters of JFON and immigration reform we also are waiting.....
... for the Supreme Court to decide the future of "Dreamers" and their parents.
... for their cases to be heard in the detention centers across the U.S. 
....waiting for the fear of deportation to lessen

But now, it is time to SPEAK UP, to give voices to those without . Below are listed opportunities for you to use your voice, call the White House, and call your representative. The time is now, please don't wait, we've been waiting long enough.

Since January of 2016, the Department of Homeland Security has been conducting raids to deport Central American children and adults, who entered the United States seeking asylum. Raids terrorize and destabilize families, often violating the rights of those affected. When families are deported -- and most of them would be women and children, they are returned to places they fled to escape being killed, raped or tortured. Raids are an inhumane and unjust response to the humanitarian crisis that has caused thousands to flee the horrific realities of brutal violence. President Obama must put an end to this unconscionable tactic!

Tell President Obama to STOP the raids against Central American children and families!
 

Call the White House at 866-473-5915.
 
Sample Script: "I'm from [City, State], I urge President Obama to immediately STOP plans to deport Central American children and families. These individuals are fleeing violence and should have access to legal counsel so that they can apply for asylum and protection in the United States."

 

Susan Yanun began her new job as Northern IL Justice for Our Neighbors Part-Time Director of Development on January 4th.

Please reach out to her if you would like a speaker to come to your church or organization.  We can provide information about JFON, the broken immigration system, know your rights information or other special topics.

Her contact information is: susan.yanun@nijfon.org
 
 
Supreme Court Case - input from JFON 
 
As many of you know, the Supreme Court will hear the appeal of the Texas district court’s order stopping DAPA/DACA+ in its tracks.

We, alongside advocates across the country, believe it’s a good thing that the DAPA/DACA+ reforms would allow millions of immigrants to remain in the U.S. and obtain work authorization.  Thus, in connection with the Supreme Court’s review of this case, National JFON has written an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief to offer our collective support of the DAPA/DACA+ reforms.  Northern Illinois JFON has signed on! Submitting this amicus brief is an exciting opportunity for the entire network to show their support for a case that is central to our work of helping vulnerable immigrants come out of the shadows, work lawfully, and be with their family here.

 “Understanding the Legal Challenges to Executive Action” is a great tool to understand more about the upcoming Supreme Court case.

Support The Fair Day in Court for Kids Act

Call your Senators and Representatives TODAY!

The Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, introduced as S. 2540 by Senator Reid (D-NV) and H.R. 4646 by Representative Lofgren (CA-19) would ensure access to counsel, legal orientation programs, and post-release services for children and other vulnerable individuals while they are in immigration court proceedings.

Under current law, individuals facing immigration removal proceedings do not have a right to legal representation, even if they are children. As a consequence, many children go before immigration judges alone, and an overwhelming majority of children without attorneys are ordered deported. However, when children are represented with an attorney, they are five times more likely to be granted protection.

The Fair Day in Court for Kids Act would ensure that children; individuals with disabilities; and survivors of abuse, torture and violence have legal representation, so that they understand what is happening in court and can fully present their case for protection. The bill would also create a case management pilot project to increase court appearance rates, and would ensure that legal orientation programs are available to all detained immigrants



JFON ACTIVE CASES YEAR END 2015

New Cases (including advice and counsel): 363

Active Cases at Year End:  154

Main types of cases seen: 
     escape violence:              37%
     family petitions:                15%
     Deferred Action (DACA):    6%
     Citizenship                          4%


CLIENT STORY

Like many children his age, Alex fled his home country of Honduras at 12 to escape drug trafficking and gang-related violence. Since 2013, Honduras has suffered from one of the the highest murder rates in the world. Gang members often target children like Alex for forced recruitment, threatening to harm or even kill them if they refuse to join the gang. After being personally threatened by a local drug cartel, Alex left Honduras and made the dangerous journey to the United States, travelling without any family members. Immigration officials stopped him at the border, and later released him into his mother’s care. Alex was referred to JFON for legal assistance, and is requesting asylum so that he can live safely in the United States without fear of being harmed by the gangs in Honduras.

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