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Operation #reunitefamily Saul Zarco

Operation #reunitefamily Saul Zarco

On June 14, 2014 Saul Zarco Corona, and his U.S. citizen daughter, Giselle Zarco, crossed the Bridge of the Americas leading from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to Laredo, Texas. Accompanied by his attorney, John R. Antia, and Rev. Walter Coleman, Saul and his daughter walked through the turnstiles leading up to the Custom and Border Protection processing hub. Once inside, Saul began the processing of his request for Humanitarian Parole—temporary, conditional entry to the United States. Finally, he and his daughter were taken to a room where he met with his wife, Rosio Fragoso, also a U.S. citizen. They hadn’t seen each other in 8 years.
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Illinois Same Sex Marriage Opens Immigration Benefits to Local Same-Sex, Binational Couples

Illinois Same Sex Marriage Opens Immigration Benefits to Local Same-Sex, Binational Couples

Monday, June 2, 2014 marked the first day that all same-sex couples across the state of Illinois could get married, opening the door to thousands of benefits for same sex couples including insurance benefits, survivor benefits, and next-of-kin rights. This change opens up a wide range of immigration benefits as well. A U.S. citizen or green card holder who is in a same-sex marriage to a foreign national can now file an immigration petition for their spouse, a privilege that so far has only been extended to same-sex married couples and not those in a civil union.
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Upcoming Immigration Workshop

Upcoming Immigration Workshop

Immigration and detention processes can be stressful and confusing. Next week, the Shiller Preyar attorneys are teaming up with First Defense Legal Aid for Know Your Rights panel dedicated to informing you about the ins and outs of immigration procedures involving law enforcement.
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Know What it Takes to File a Civil Rights Lawsuit?

Know What it Takes to File a Civil Rights Lawsuit?

At Shiller Preyar, we have handled over 100 police misconduct cases. People do not often know that these lawsuits can take years from start to finish—and the details of the long and labored process can be mystifying and off-putting. It’s incredibly important to pursue your rights in the face of police misconduct, however, no matter how daunting the process may seem. Though no two police misconduct cases are the same, we’ve prepared a rough timeline of how the capable attorneys at Shiller Preyar prepare a “typical” lawsuit.
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Shiller Preyer Welcomes Elvira Arellano Back to Chicago

Shiller Preyer Welcomes Elvira Arellano Back to Chicago

On Thursday March 27, 2014, the Shiller Preyar team gathered with immigration rights organizations La Familia Latina Unida, the #BringThemHome campaign, and others for a rally and march in support of Elivra Arellano. The event aimed to bring publicity to the recent act of civil disobedience she undertook with about thirty other undocumented children, mothers, and fathers who crossed the U.S./Mexico border to reunite with their families in the United States.
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Marissa Alexander's Ongoing Saga

Marissa Alexander's Ongoing Saga

Recent announcements have brought Marissa Alexander, and the controversial Stand Your Ground laws, back into the news. In 2012, the domestic violence survivor was convicted with aggravated assault for firing a shot at the ceiling during an attack by her estranged husband. She received the mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years. Though occurring before Trayvon Martin’s killing, Ms. Alexander’s case became especially prominent after George Zimmerman’s trial for that case, and in conjunction with the ongoing case against Michael Dunn, who is accused of killing the black teenager, Jordan Davis. Alexander’s case is often used in larger conversation about Florida’s the inconsistent application of Stand Your Ground or Shoot First laws.
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