The immigration case of Juan Carlos Hernandez Pacheco has gained national attention due to its unusual time line, according to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Last March, Pacheco was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in southern Illinois; ICE released the undocumented immigrant after several weeks, when he posted a $3,000 bond. After appearing in immigration court in November, he is not ordered to reappear in court until April 19, 2021. Officials in this community, including the local police chief, who largely supported Trump during the election, nonetheless have rallied around Pacheco, who has operated a Mexican restaurant for years and has been living in the U.S. for about 20 years. He lives in West Frankfort, IL, with his wife and young sons. Pacheco’s immigration case is one of the more than half a million cases pending in immigration courts nationwide. His case also illustrates the enormous backlog of cases that are clogging the immigration court system. This backlog continues to grow amid the Trump administration’s “war on immigration.” Pacheco is one of the casualties of this war, which was supposed to focus on immigrants with extensive criminal records. Although Pacheco does have drunk driving convictions from 2007, the service that he has given to his community has far eclipsed that incident from 11 years ago. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we see cases like Pacheco’s every day. We have the experience that you need when you are facing deportation charges, which are becoming more and more common each day. We are skilled at representing immigrants just like you in immigration court, where we appear on a regular basis. We know how to gather the facts that are relevant to your case, assess your options, and determine whether you have any legal defenses that may enable you to avoid deportation and remain in the United States. Contact the Oakland immigration attorneys at our office today and learn how we potentially can help you and your family through this difficult situation.