DACA Update 3/6/18

On February 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Trump’s administration’s request to review the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. While the appeals are processing in two federal courts, USCIS will continue to accept and process DACA renewal applications. For further information, we urge you to contact the Highland Park Highwood Legal Aid Clinic to renew your DACA immediately. Thank you to the Chicago Legal Protection Fund for the DACA Frequently Asked Questions Flyer.

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 Saturday, June 9, 2018

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491 Laurel Ave, Highland Park

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Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic Statement on “Chain Migration” and Trump Administration Immigration Proposal

During President Trump’s State of the Union address, he unveiled his approach to immigration reform. He stated the “fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children.” https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trumps-state-union-address/. The statement is false and misleading.

The following provides the Clinic’s response:

“The Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic (The Clinic) opposes the use of the term ‘Chain Migration’ and is working vigorously to educate the public regarding the immigration process and encouraging the public to use the proper terms of Family Reunification or Family Based Immigrant Visas.

The term ‘Chain Migration’ was originally a neutral phrase used by academics to describe the immigration process of how immigrants are more likely to move to where people they know live. This term has taken on a completely different and negative connotation by those wishing to drastically cut legal immigration.

Some, including President Trump, are making the false statement that immigrants can bring over their entire families once they are in the United States, without any control of the United States government. This is false. There are strict guidelines for family-based immigration. Individuals have reported waiting decades to immigrate to the United States after a full security check and providing financial evidence that they will not be a public charge.

Trump’s immigration proposal is damaging. It would have a chilling effect on the economy and bring an end to family reunification.”

Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic Available To Assist with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Applications

The USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA

Highland Park, IL – January 15, 2018 – On January 13, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they will resume accepting requests to renew a grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before the program was rescinded on September 5, 2017.  The Highland Park- Highwood Legal Aid Clinic (the Clinic) is available to assist with applications.

This policy may change at anytime; we urge those eligible to file as soon as possible. Regardless of where you live or work, to learn about eligibility or for assistance with an application, the Clinic will assist.

Guidelines adapted from the USCIS are as follows:

  • Individuals who were previously granted DACA may request renewal by filing the proper forms, with the filing fee or fee waiver to the designated filing location. The forms are now back on the USCIS website. 
  • If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, you may still file your DACA request as a renewal request.  
  • If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired before September 5, 2016, or your DACA was terminated at any time, you cannot request DACA as a renewal, but MAY FILE A NEW initial DACA request. 
  • USCIS is NOT accepting requests from individuals who have NEVER before been granted DACA. 
  • USCIS will not accept or approve advance parole requests from DACA recipients. 

For questions regarding eligibility, assistance with an application or any other immigration need please contact Lia Kim-Yi, Director of Immigration Law Practice at lkimyi@hphlegalaid.org or 847-737-4042. The Clinic is located at 491 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, IL (New location as of January 2018). For more information about the Clinic, visit: www.hphlegalaid.org.


If you mailed your DACA renewal and you believe that your renewal did not make it to USCIS by the October 5th, 2017 deadline due to USPS error, you may be able to resubmit your renewal request.   According to the most recent guidance from USCIS:

  • DHS has directed USCIS to accept DACA renewal requests from individuals who resubmit their DACA renewal request with:
    • individualized proof that the request was originally mailed in a timely manner;
    • and that the cause for receipt after the Oct. 5, 2017, deadline was the result of USPS mail service error.
  • Affected DACA requestors who do not have such proof may contact USPS, which will review the cases on an individual basis and provide a letter if appropriate.
  • USCIS will not accept requests that do not include individualized proof that the request was originally mailed in a timely manner to be received by the October 5 deadline, and that the cause for receipt after the Oct. 5, 2017, deadline was the result of USPS mail service error.

For the complete statement from USCIS, click here.

If you believe this may have happened to you, please contact the Clinic at info@hphlegalaid.org or 847-926-1867.


Si envió por correo su renovación de DACA y cree que su renovación no llegó a USCIS antes del 5 de octubre de 2017 debido a un error de USPS, es posible que pueda volver a enviar su solicitud de renovación. De acuerdo con la guía más reciente de USCIS:

  • DHS ha ordenado a USCIS que acepte solicitudes de renovación de DACA de personas que vuelven a presentar su solicitud de renovación de DACA con:
    • prueba individualizada de que la solicitud se envió originalmente de manera oportuna;
    • y que la causa de que se haya recibido después de la fecha límite del 5 de Octubre de 2017, fue resultado del error del servicio de correo de USPS.
  • Los solicitantes de DACA afectados que no tengan dicha prueba pueden ponerse en contacto con USPS, que revisará los casos de forma individual y proporcionará una carta, si corresponde.
  • USCIS no aceptará solicitudes que no incluyan pruebas individualizadas de que la solicitud se envió originalmente de manera oportuna para ser recibida antes de la fecha límite del 5 de octubre, y que la causa para la recepción después de la fecha límite del 5 de octubre de 2017 fue el resultado del error de servicio de correo USPS.

Para obtener la declaración completa de USCIS, haga clic en

Si cree que esto le puede haber sucedido, comuníquese con la Clínica a info@hphlegalaid.org o al 847-926-1867.

Our Mission

The mission of the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic is to provide pro bono legal services to low-income* individuals who live or work in Highland Park and Highwood in the areas of immigration, housing, and domestic violence.

*There are no income requirements for victims of domestic violence.

A Message from Mayor Nancy Rotering

We are fortunate to live in a community that celebrates diversity and steps up to help its neighbors. The Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic was founded on these principles.

In 2013, I created the City of Highland Park Human Services Task Force, a group of over 250 volunteers ranging in age from 17-85. We assessed needs and inventoried services available. A comprehensive human services plan was created and immediate outcomes led to creatively addressing various service issues, including access to affordable legal services, particularly for our senior and immigrant populations.

A Board of Directors was formed, sponsors and partners created a strong foundation and a mission was developed: focus strictly on the most emergent issues of housing, immigration and domestic violence cases, as these areas present an immediate risk to health and welfare. In addition, the Clinic does not pursue Federal funding, allowing all clients, regardless of immigration status, to be served. This significantly distinguishes the Clinic from other regional legal aid clinics.

We are proud to partner with the City of Highland Park, the City of Highwood, Open Communities, HACES, A Safe Place and Shalva. With their help and more than 100 volunteer attorneys and other community volunteers,  the Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic provides comprehensive services and referrals to clients. Working with our local school districts, clergy and  Moraine Township, outreach to those in need and volunteers who wish to serve is broad and coordinated.

The Clinic serves as a beacon to our most vulnerable neighbors.  The need for critical legal services continues to grow. We pledge to provide outstanding legal services. We are grateful for the strong support we have received in the past and as we head into the future.

Mayor Nancy Rodkin Rotering

Founder and Honorary Chair

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