Posts By Julián Lazalde

Immigration has consistently ranked as one of the most important issues to likely voters throughout the 2016 presidential election cycle. Throughout the primaries and into the general election, candidates from the major parties have focused their immigration policies and rhetoric on the estimated 11-12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States; what to do about them and subsequent undocumented immigrants who may arrive in the future.

Unfortunately, the electorate has not received a clear and accurate immigration policy discussion that we need from our candidates. Instead, the topic of immigration and undocumented immigrants has been hijacked by fearmongering, unfounded speculation, demonization, and misinformation. Immigrants from Latin America, especially... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration, Immigration Reform & Policy

Wednesday, June 15 marked the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program four year anniversary. Since, over 728,285 initial DACA applications have been approved nationally. Of that, Illinois accounted for 40,162 according to the most recent data from the United States Immigration and Customs Services (USCIS). It is third most of any state in the country, behind Texas (117,025) and California (210,712).

DACA provides a two-year, renewable period of protection from deportation for eligible individuals based on criteria such as age, educational achievement level, physical presence in the country, good legal standing and when a person arrives in the country. DACA... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration, Immigration Reform & Policy, Immigrant Integration

Here are the latest immigration updates from the Forum.

DACA/DAPA: The court case that has stalled the President’s executive actions to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA+) and launch the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program (DAPA) will be heard by the Supreme Court later this month. Oral arguments are set to begin April 18. Though the executive orders were issued in November 2014, the case has been in legal limbo since February 2015 when a Texas Circuit Court judge placed an injunction on them, preventing their implementation.

The case has only grown in notoriety with the recent unexpected death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, which was followed... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration, Immigration Reform & Policy, Immigrant Integration, Leadership

It's been one year

  ·  Julián Lazalde

It’s been one year since U.S. District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen halted President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions to expand the program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) and the launch the new, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).


In the legal roller coaster ride that has ensued since Hanen issued his injunction, immigrant leaders and advocates have continually called for a swift judicial resolution in hopes that DACA+ and DAPA could be enacted and implemented before the end of the Obama presidency. 

After a longer than expected, yet wholly unsurprising, 2-1 decision against implementation by the Fifth Circuit Court of... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration, Immigration Reform & Policy
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