“You don’t love this country.”
-A Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) Agent to an American Citizen from Lebanon during questioning at the O’Hare International Airport.
Welcome back to the #iNGREDiENTS podcast!
In Episode 007, I had the privilege of speaking to Immigration Law Attorney Michael Ibrahim.
Michael is an Immigration Attorney at Ibrahim Law Office, LLC as well as an Associate Attorney at the Law Office of Robert D. Ahlgren & Associates. Michael received his Law Degree from Depaul University College of Law and a Political Science Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Michael and I met during law school when we both served as Civil Rights Law Clerks for the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Chicago Office during the Summer of 2011 under the direction of Attorney’s Christina Abraham & Kevin Vodak as well as Executive Director Ahmed Rehab. As you will learn from this episode, Michael’s unique background and journey give him a particular insight into & passion for Immigration issues.
He is an avid soccer fan who suffers through Arsenal futbol games in his spare time 🙂 (I couldn’t resist).
In this Episode (Recorded on February 12, 2017), Michael talks to me about his family’s ethnic & religious background, what motivated him to become an immigration attorney, as well as some immigration law basics. We then walked through the Muslim Ban timeline and all of the chaos that it caused. Michael spoke with me about his decision to volunteer at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago for a few days right after the executive order was implemented as well as some of the families he helped navigate its implications. We finished by talking about his Arsenal fan hood but stopped before things got too heated (lol)…we need a whole different podcast to really dive into the English Premier League, etc.
There has been a lot of speculation and confusion as to what Trump’s new travel ban will entail. The short answer is, we really won’t know what to expect until we see it. If you are interested in some primers that consider what it may look like, I would suggest reading here and here. If the administration is to be believed, it will look very similar to the previous one struck down by the courts. Stay tuned.
If you have any questions for Michael, feel free to shoot him an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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