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Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the administration’s decision to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Court considered three cases: Dept. of Homeland v. Regents Univ. CA (18-587), Trump, President of U.S. v. NAAP (18-588) and McAleenan Sec. of Homeland v. Vidal (18-589). It has been our firm stance to fight for our Dreamers—because #WeAreAllDreamers and #HomeIsHere. We are proud to stand alongside incredible allies in this fight, including AILA National member, Faye Kolly, who provided us an overview of all the factors that…
Written by Fiona McEntee I just learned that it’s Pro Bono Week this week. As a practicing immigration lawyer for almost 12 years, pro bono is part of my regular workload. Almost since the moment this Administration took office, my pro bono workload has dramatically increased. It started from Day 1 of the Travel Ban when I, along with my brother and colleague, Ray, were one of the first attorneys at O’Hare and I turned…
It was reported that hours before passing on October 17th, US Congressman and Oversight & Reform Committee Chairman, Elijah Cummings, had signed two subpoenas from his hospital bed that were directed at two US immigration agencies: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Services (ICE). He will be laid to rest as the first African American to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol’s Sanctuary Hall. Everyone at McEntee Law mourns…
As many of you know, the Presidential campaigns have been in full swing. Given the Trump Administration’s repeated implementation of anti-immigrant policies, it’s no surprise that immigration has become an extremely hot topic in the primary debates. But in the midst of all these debates, it’s become onerous to sift through the many candidates that have decided to embrace various immigration policies in their platforms. Fiona McEntee, national spokesperson for the American Immigration Lawyer…
National Voter Registration Day signals the approach of midterm elections. In TV ads and the earnest voices of clipboard-holding volunteers on street corners, we are constantly being urged to register to vote and are bombarded with messages about how critical it is to exercise one of the most fundamental and sacred duties of being an American citizen. Indeed, the consequences of this election are enormous – in today’s climate, one seat can change the political…
We Oppose These Raids: As a law firm both founded by immigrants and located in Chicago, Illinois, a declared welcoming city, McEntee Law strongly opposes the Administration’s decision to conduct these cruel and unnecessary raids which have already caused undue burden and irreparable harm to our communities everywhere. We stand with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Governor Pritzker and the rest of the city of Chicago in denouncing yet another anti-immigrant decision coming from this Administration. Who…
NOS OPONEMOS A ESTAS REDADAS (“RAIDS”) Como firma de abogados fundado por inmigrantes y ubicado en Chicago, Illinois, una ciudad declarada acogedora a todos, McEntee Law se opone firmemente a la decisión de la Administración de llevar a cabo estas incursiones crueles e innecesarias que ya han causado daño indebida e irreparable contra nuestras comunidades en todas partes. Estamos con la alcaldesa Lori Lightfoot, el gobernador Pritzker y el resto de la ciudad de Chicago…
At McEntee Law, when we file visa applications for bands, we submit hundreds of pages of carefully curated evidence. Meanwhile, bands must pay hundreds of dollars in government filing fees – and then there’s the waiting. On top of all the other logistics involved in planning a U.S. tour, the visa application process can definitely feel daunting.   Last week, the U.S. government added yet another obstacle for artists with approved visa applications which requires…
In today’s heated climate (both figuratively and literally), it has become all too easy for positive stories to be drowned out by the ongoing cycle of breaking news (unfortunately also figuratively and literally).  This week, amidst ongoing media discussions on potential new immigration policy proposals by the Trump administration, the House Judiciary Committee voted on three major pieces of legislation that stand to protect millions living in the U.S.  The Dream Act (H.R. 2820),…
We came. We saw. We advocated. It mattered. Last month, our Managing Attorney, Fiona McEntee, and 500 other fierce immigration lawyers, returned to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to take part in the American Immigration Lawyers Association National Day of Action (AILA NDA).  One specific issue addressed “was the tremendous increase in USCIS processing times and getting Congress involved in oversight of the agency. From FY2017 to FY2018, while the overall case receipts were down…