NIJC in the News

November 21, 2014

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced an executive action that would give temporary relief from deportation to nearly five million hardworking undocumented individuals living in the United States. The President acknowledged this as a first step in lieu of Congress' failure to act to fix our immigration system. There are more than six...

November 18, 2014

On September 23, 2014 the Obama administration announced it would open a massive detention center for families, primarily women and children fleeing violence in Central America. This move comes as NIJC and other advocates--including legal service providers, mental health workers, and anti-domestic violence advocates--push for the closure of...

November 13, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) routinely prevents individuals who may qualify from pursuing asylum in the United States. NIJC and several other human rights groups filed a civil rights complaint against CBP. The individuals in the complaint, like many others with similar stories, were unjustly deported to countries where they face...

November 4, 2014

Davino Watson is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after it held him in immigration detention for three and half years despite his insistence that he was a U.S. citizen. The U.S. government is not allowed to detain U.S. citizens in immigration custody, but officials did not investigate Mr. Watson's claims and continued to detain...

November 2, 2014

The Washington Post profiled a family who fled violence and brutal assault in Honduras and suffered domestic abuse in the United States. NIJC and pro bono attorney Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon represents the family out of its Goshen, Indiana office as the family fights for legal relief....

October 27, 2014

Many children who come to the United States alone are eligible for some type of legal status. However, the process of applying for and being granted status is very complicated. Immigrants are not given appointed counsel leaving many children to navigate the system on their own. NIJC's Ashley Huebner explains types of legal relief for which...

October 27, 2014

The Washington Post asks a provocative question about the Obama administration's immigration legacy. NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy says, "You’d think that this administration, at this point in time, would want to do the right thing.” One major problem under the Obama adminsitration is the lack of dur process rights for immigrant...

October 15, 2014

Between October 2013 and September 2014, more than 68,000 children fled violence in Central America and came to the United States alone seeking safety. NIJC's Molly Castillo-Keefe answered questions about unaccompanied immigrant children on The World's Facebook page....

October 7, 2014

"The question of whether children get to stay in the United States largely hinges on two factors that often are beyond their control — whether they have a lawyer and which of several dozen immigration judges nationwide happen to hear their case. Whether young immigrants get a lawyer is often a matter of luck. And immigration judges often make...