Having worked with diverse populations from all over the world, Ms. Peters - Immigration Chicago provides not only representation, but compassion to her clients. Ann is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and regularly volunteers with the immigration clinic at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS). Ann has served on the New York County Lawyer’s Association (NYCLA) Law –Related Education Committee, teaching immigrant students in ESL classes about U.S. Law. In 2012, Ann received recognition from CVLS for her commitment to pro bono and her efforts to further equal access to justice.
In her private practice in Evanston, Illinois, Ann regularly represents detained and non-detained clients in the Chicago Immigration Court as well as before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Asylum Office in Chicago. Ann also represents clients who are seeking Asylum, U-Visas or self-petitioning under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in addition to other areas of removal defense and family-based immigration.
Some recent developments in immigration law Ms. Peters works with include prosecutorial discretion for non-citizens after last summer’s June 17th, 2011 Prosecutorial Discretion Memo, and Ann has helped clients attain prosecutorial discretion when no other forms of relief have been available. Most recently, Ms. Peters - Immigration Chicago is explaining the requirements for Deferred Action announced by the President on June 15, 2012 for promising youth. Ms. Peters has begun to counsel clients who came to the U.S. as children, although the meaning of what is a significant misdemeanor and other criteria in the Deferred Action announcement are to be further clarified with guidance expected in the following months.
In addition, the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Arizona’s SB1070, has made it clear that Federal Immigration Laws are to be decided by the Federal Government and not by individual States. So although Arizona may stop and ask for people’s “papers,” the U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear that States may not dictate immigration laws which have been left to the Federal Government to decide. Therefore, Federal immigration enforcement policies and priorities outlined in the prosecutorial discretion and deferred action memos of June 17, 2011 and June 15, 2012 remain in force and provide options for non-citizens who may not have any other immigration relief.
With the hope of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and the reality of immigration laws which have not in fact been changed in 2012, the law office of Ann R. Peters - Immigration Chicago is ready to help those who are facing removal, those who want to help their family members stay or come to the United States, and those who simply want to know or better understand their options. In an immigration system that is often confusing, and even more often intimidating, the office of Ann R. Peters aims to provide clarity and calm for those with immigration questions and concerns, both for themselves, and for their families.