Mother from Mexico Wins Asylum Case with Support from Erie House

A new dawn has come for Victoria (name changed to protect identity), a Mexican-American immigrant who arrived at the US border to ask for protection in 2015. More than two years later, her case was finally presented before an immigration judge during a merits hearing. With Erie Neighborhood House attorney Megan Davis by her side,…

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Statement on the would-be DACA Deadline and the Future of the Dream Act

Today marks the would-be deadline for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an arbitrary date established by the Trump administration last fall in its effort to dismantle the Obama-era program. Established in 2012 by executive order, DACA has provided work authorization and protection from deportation for more than 700,000 immigrants—including numerous youth and…

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Erie House Seeks to Provide Healing in the Midst of Trauma

A new initiative at Erie House is providing critical case management and mental health services to immigrant individuals who have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. Funding for the initiative is provided by the 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA). Designed to…

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Erie House Files Amicus Brief in Lawsuit Aimed at Protecting Chicago’s Welcoming Ordinance

Erie Neighborhood House has filed an amicus brief to signal its support for the City of Chicago’s lawsuit against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding changes made to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) requirements aimed at undermining sanctuary city policies. “We know how essential immigrants are to the beauty and vitality…

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DACA Phase-Out Leaves Thousands in Legal Limbo

Today Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump’s decision to overturn, with a six-month delay, former President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive action on immigration, in the process terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that has served as a source of hope for undocumented youth and young adults who were brought here…

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Statement on Presidential Address to Joint Session of Congress

Yesterday President Donald Trump delivered his first address to joint session of Congress. During the speech he outlined decidedly anti-immigrant policy ideas, painting a dark picture of immigrants. He affirmed his positions on building a wall along the southern border, expanding efforts to deport undocumented immigrants and restricting immigration and refugee resettlement based on class,…

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Statement on President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration

Today President Trump signed executive orders on immigration that will enact plans to build a wall along our southern border, mobilize immigration raids and deportation efforts, increase use of detention centers and work to eliminate sanctuary cities. Reports also suggest he has plans to greatly restrict refugee resettlement as well as immigration from certain countries…

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