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382 South Mount Prospect Road
Des Plaines, IL, 60016

(224) 443-0113

Alliance for Immigrant Neighbors (AIN) exists to build meaningful relationships and provide immigrant legal services in the Des Plaines area and Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. AIN seeks to empower immigrant families through direct legal services, community dialogue, and advocacy.

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2018 in Review

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W E L C O M E

…a word of greeting to a guest or newcomer upon arrival. It is meant to introduce someone to a new setting  and make them feel at ease. At AIN, we do our best to welcome our immigrant neighbors and give them space to share their stories. We want them to know that they matter and that they belong. Since AIN opened in 2015, AIN has welcomed over 300 immigrant neighbors through our doors. Many have received some form of relief, such as citizenship or a green card, and some are not qualified for any benefit at this time. Whatever the situation, providing quality and affordable legal assistance remains a critical need in our diverse immigrant communities, now more than ever. We want to personally thank you for your faithful support of AIN. Over half of our operating budget relies on partnership contributions like yours. We consider it a great privilege to steward your generosity by serving immigrant families throughout Chicagoland. While we are well into 2019, let’s look back at AIN’s milestones up to 2018:

Top 11 Communities Served:

  1. Des Plaines

  2. Mount Prospect

  3. Chicago

  4. Palatine

  5. Elk Grove Village

  6. Arlington Heights

  7. Wheeling

  8. Prospect Heights

  9. Rosemont

  10. Rolling Meadows

  11. Schaumburg

 

Immigrants Served from over 45 Countries

Africa, Albania, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Congo, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia

Most Common Forms of Relief Sought

  • Adjustment of Status/Consular Processing (Green Card)

  • Naturalization (Citizenship)

  • DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

  • U Visa (Nonimmigrant visa for victims of crime)

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

2018 a year full of firsts for AIN. For the first time ever, we…

  • Provided free legal screenings at the Des Plaines Public Library

  • Hosted a Health and Wellness Fair with Living Hope Church

  • Conducted a Spanish language Self-Care Workshop at Maine West High School

  • Hired a summer intern through a grant from Tyson Foods

 

MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2018…

Pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (October)

Mirza (right) shared about living in fear from uncertainty about her immigration status. She is now an advocate for others in her situation.

Living Hope Church prepares Thanksgiving meal kits for AIN neighbors.

 

Perhaps the most noteworthy change for AIN has been the development of community relationships. We are proud to be a trusted resource for immigration information and have expanded our community education efforts. None of this would be possible without your support and partnership. Whether you made a donation, volunteered your time, or told a loved one about our services, YOU are what makes AIN possible and we cannot wait to see what else 2019 holds.

THANK YOU.

Damaging Bill Is a Bait-and-Switch on Immigration

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Reposted from AILA Infonet (Doc. No. 19012237)

WASHINGTON, DC - A bill slated for introduction in the Senate contains money to build President Trump's permanent border wall, but according to experts at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), it also includes many extreme provisions that go far beyond what the president laid out in his speech on Saturday.

AILA President Anastasia Tonello noted, "Given the importance of border security and the unnecessary strain the shutdown is putting on the United States, we were hopeful an actual good faith proposal to reach a compromise on immigration and border security would be put forward. Unfortunately, what we got is a non-starter. In his speech on Saturday, the President promised to provide humanitarian solutions. This bill provides the opposite. It all but eliminates asylum for children from Central America, and instead of offering meaningful protections for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS)-holders, this bill provides fragile protections for a narrow segment of these groups - protections that have been repeatedly criticized and withheld by the administration. This bill is not a credible offer and it does nothing to help end the government shutdown."

Benjamin Johnson, AILA Executive Director stated, "Never has the adage 'the devil is in the details' held so true. In this case, the details lock out TPS-holders from Africa and other countries, and immediately gut existing protections for Central American minors while promising a limited opportunity for in-country processing that would take a minimum of 8 months to stand up. Of course, it also includes the needless and wasteful wall funding, more detention beds, and the additional border patrol and ICE agents that was anticipated. This is a terrible bill. We renew our call to the President and lawmakers to immediately reopen the government and begin good faith negotiations on immigration."

Key Provisions:

  • The bill would re-write the law to functionally end TPS by requiring future TPS applicants to be lawfully present in the U.S. This excludes people who are undocumented and comprise the majority of TPS recipients.

  • The proposed protections for Dreamers and TPS holders cover only a fraction of those populations, and include new restrictions that would reduce the number of people currently protected from deportation.

  • The bill shuts down access to asylum for all minors from Central America. The only remaining option for this population is a sham program requiring them to apply for asylum outside the U.S. Until this program is set up, which will take 240 days (8 months), Central American minors not already in the U.S will be completely excluded from any asylum access.

  • Instead of offering humanitarian protection for asylum seekers, the bill will fund more private prisons at the border that will be used to incarcerate asylum seekers.

  • The bill excludes necessary measures to prevent the administration from interfering with the immigration court system, tactics that have delayed court proceedings and added to the 800,000-case backlog.

Source: AILA Infonet

Mount Prospect Celebration of Cultures

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The Village of Mount Prospect organized its first ever Celebration of Cultures Event which happened on September 29th. We were so thankful to be included among other community organizations, municipal agencies, and local restaurants to share our pockets of knowledge with MP residents. We learned a lot about our neighbors in Mount Prospect!

 This day was also an opportunity to call upon our partners to educate about AIN. Thank you to our volunteers who stuck with us through the cold and wind to keep on building relationships with our neighbors. You guys rock, as usual!

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