Immigration Update:

US Citizenship and Immigration Services to Begin Sending Victims of Violent Crimes to Deportation Proceedings, and

Presidential Proclamation Changes the Rules for Asylum Seekers at the Southern Border

November 13, 2018

According to a new policy announced last week by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, undocumented immigrants who have been victims of certain crimes such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking and then apply for legal status in the United States will now be placed into deportation proceedings if their petitions are denied. On June 28, 2018, a new policy memo was issued greatly expanding the list of people USCIS would refer for deportation proceedings if their application for an immigrant benefit was denied. Starting November 19, 2018, the list will include the most vulnerable class of immigration applicants – victims of violent and felonious crimes.

In addition, on November 9, 2018, President Trump issued a proclamation barring individuals who enter the United States from Mexico between ports of entry from seeking asylum. The proclamation will remain effective for 90 days, subject to extension. This proclamation conflicts with current asylum laws which allow all persons arriving in the United States, whether at or between ports of entry to seek asylum.

The Clinic is outraged by the new policies and we will continue to monitor the situation and support our current and future clients and their families.

For questions regarding this statement please contact Lia Hyunji Kim-Yi at lkimyi@hphlegalaid.org or 847.737.4042.

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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, Highwood, or West Deerfield Township 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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