Due Process & the US Immigration System:

Current Realities and a Vision for the Future

The Loyola School of Law and the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) cordially invite you to a panel discussion by AILA Loyola University Chicago Alumni and Retired Immigration Judges.


Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, Corboy Law Center, 10th Floor (room 1040)
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Our legal system rests upon the principle that everyone is entitled to due process of law and a meaningful opportunity to be heard. But for far too long, noncitizens have seen their due process rights be continuously attacked and threatened. The structure and quality of justice accorded immigrants who are caught in the deportation system raises some very important issues. The immigration removal system—from arrest to hearing to deportation and beyond—must reflect American values of due process and fundamental fairness. This panel will discuss some of the current realities regarding due process in our immigration court system ranging from issues surrounding family separation, asylum, detention, and administrative policy decisions. This panel will also discuss some of the visions for the future and how best to protect these fundamental due process rights of immigrants.


  • Retired Immigration Judge Robert D. Vinikoor
  • Mary Meg McCarthy, National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Aaron Siebert-Llera, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Chicago




Hosted by:

The Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Advocacy Committee, the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Center for the Human Rights of Children, Latino Law Student Association, National Lawyers Guild, Cultural Impact Initiative, Center for Public Interest Law, and the Loyola University Chicago - Arrupe College Dreamers and Allies Student Organization.