Heyl Royster



Firm Provides Pro Bono Assistance to Immigrants Seeking Deferred Action


In conjunction with the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), Peoria Friendship House, and Caterpillar's legal department, attorneys from Heyl Royster are assisting immigrants who came to the U.S. at an early age, and were educated here, to earn temporary deportation deferrals and work authorizations through the federal government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") program, which allows immigrants who meet specific criteria to request deferral from prosecution for two years. 

Heyl Royster attorneys Tyler Anderson, Rob Bennett, Tim Bertschy, Greg Rastatter, Bill Charnock, John Heil, and John Redlingshafer—as well as the participating Caterpillar attorneys—recently received training by NIJC at Caterpillar's headquarters. They then interviewed five DACA applicants to obtain the detailed information necessary to submit their applications. The applicants, all originally from Mexico, are now pro bono clients of the firm. The Heyl Royster attorneys who are representing them, along with assistance from paralegal Rachel Ford, will represent each immigrant throughout the application process (which ordinarily lasts approximately six months).

The National Immigrant Justice Center is a program of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, an organization that has helped immigrants and refugees find safety and opportunity in the United States since 1888.