News: WBEZ Radio Interview and a New Beginning – MILLA LAW, LLC

Radio Interview on Immigration Reform and Deportation:

thumbnail copyEarlier this week, 400 groups urged President Obama to suspend deportations for those who would otherwise qualify for lawful status under the pending Senate immigration reform bill. On Wednesday, WBEZ (91.5 Chicago) kindly invited me to appear for their Afternoon Shift program to talk about immigration reform, deportation, and immigration court proceedings. Given my position as an immigration attorney, I was hoping to provide insight into the troubling practice of pursuing deportations when immigration reform may be on the horizon.

It is well documented that despite President Obama’s relatively recent commitment to passing immigration reform legislation in 2013, we have seen record high deportation numbers under his administration, peaking at 410,000 in 2012. With an estimated 1,100 deportations occurring every day, the need to cease deportations is abundantly clear considering the pending reform bill. At that rate, 2013 promises to match, if not surpass, the all-time high reached in 2012. The need to suspend deportations extends beyond the individuals in proceedings, as they have U.S. citizen family members dependent on them. Statistics from the Department of Homeland Security confirm that between July 1, 2010 and September 31, 2012, 204,810 parents of U.S. citizen children were removed.

While the statistics speak for themselves, I had a few more things to add during the WBEZ interview. Since it was my first radio interview, admittedly, I was nervous. However, a few seconds into it, I felt at ease and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I hope you too find it enjoyable and informative.

Listen to the interview here.

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A New Beginning: MILLA LAW, LLC:

Milla Law Banner 450Some of you may have noticed that I have had my longest lull between posts since starting this blog. (If you did not notice, shame on you!) For those who did notice, first let me apologize for the long silence. Second, let me explain by way of announcing, with great enthusiasm, that a few weeks ago I opened my own immigration law firm – MILLA LAW, LLC. After seven years of practice as an immigration attorney, I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to assist clients from all parts of the world with their immigration needs. As I take this next big step, I am excited for the challenges and years ahead, hopeful they will bring many more chances to help people worldwide – here and abroad – from all walks of life – achieve their goals in the United States.


  1. Mayra Soto-Gonzalez · · Reply

    I just read the blog and thank you for educating me on the numbers of deportation.

    I also wanted to congratulate you on opening up your own firm.

  2. Surabhi · · Reply

    YAY Robert! Congratulations from both Jacob and I!

  3. Janey Montgomery · · Reply

    Loved it! Keep up the good work.
    Congrats on the new firm. You deserve it! Great job Robert!

  4. I just listened to the radio show. Well done Robert!

  5. Thank you, all, for your kind comments!

  6. "Carina" · · Reply

    Congratulations on your new endeavor. I’m confident that you will be very successful. I enjoy reading your blog… most especially appreciate your ability to “break it down” and make the subject of Immigration interesting and understandable and the tone of your writing – it feels like I know you personally after reading a few entries. Keep it coming! All the best to you!!

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