The effects of the partial U.S. government shutdown affects thousands of federal workers. However, many in Illinois only began to feel some inconvenience as the impasse reached its second week. The immigration courts have been especially impacted as they now will have to face an already backlogged docket of cases once the government's budget matters are resolved.
Many who come to Illinois from other countries have faced a number of challenges. The process of gaining entry to the United States through the immigration system is tedious and can be difficult. Some wait for years for permission to enter lawfully, but when they finally receive their green card, they may be unsure of the rights and responsibilities their lawful residency allows them.