Rigo Padilla's lawyer meeting with immigration officials today

There may be some new developments today in the case of Rigo Padilla.

Padilla's lawyer is meeting this morning at the downtown Chicago offices of ICE, Immigration Customs and Enforcement.

"We hope that what we end up with is a celebration," Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, said at a press conference moments ago.

I first started blogging about Padilla back in August when his case was brought to the public's attention by ICIRR.

Padilla, 21, was brought here by his parents when he was 6 years old. He was arrested for a DUI in January, which led to deportation proceedings. You can read the first, second, third and fourth posts here for more background on his case.
I will have an update on this story for you later this afternoon.

Clarification: An earlier version of this post said Padilla was meeting with ICE but his lawyer was there on his behalf.


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  • I don't understand why this individual is the poster child for immigration reform. He broke the law and has to deal with the consequences.

    Now, before I am declared an evil monster, let me say this. I am ALL for immigration. That is what made/makes this country great. HOWEVER, it has to be done legally. I'm the product of legal immigrants. They came to this country in search of a better life. They came to this country without a penny to their names. They wanted a better life for their children and their childrens children. Most importantly, they took the time to do it right.

    The best example comes from my best friend, who is also the result of immigrants. His grandfather came here from Mexico legally. He started out on a temporary visa. He worked hard and went back to Mexico after a few months. He did this for years until he could LEGALLY bring his family here.

    I understand that this is the only home that Rigo has known. I understand that Rigo is a good student. I understand all of the defenses that are stated in this case. That said, he still broke the law.

  • Everyone must be warned before coming to the United States. Even if you have a visa, you are putting yourself at risk of Homeland Security ICE officers. I have a best friend that is from Paris France here on an education visa to finish his degree. He has been here since 2005. His visa is valid until March of 2010, His passport is valid until 2014, and his I-20 is current. He is not illegal. In 2008 He fell in love and married a U.S. citizen that just happens to be addicted to Prescription medications, He knew nothing about this. But he was arrested due to her mistakes. He was placed in detention, scheduled for deportation. He has been in detention center in Pompano Beach Florida for 5 months now. All this because of her mistakes. She should be the one in jail not him. Please everyone coming to America. Think twice. This couple has lost all there savings on lawyers, she lost her job, and they are in the process of losing there home. All this was caused because ICE has the wrong person in jail. They make up any story they want and when they are questioned about it you get nowhere. I have written many letters to Janet Napolitano, Senator Bill Nelson, and even President Obama. But no one will listen to the truth. So please people think twice about coming to America for any reason. Our immigration system is broken

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