NIJC in the News

February 17, 2015

On February 16, 2015, a Texas judge ruled to delay implementation of deferred action programs under President Obama's executive order to reform the immigration system. NIJC and other legal experts and advocates strongly oppose the ruling. Millions who qualify for the programs now must continue to wait to apply for relief from deportation.

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January 24, 2015

"Federal immigration arrests hit an all-time high of 85,458 in 2012 — and now account for half of all federal collars, according a new Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) analysis of the most recent data available." NIJC's Mark Flemming comments on this excessive criminalization in Newsweek....

January 15, 2015

New data from the Migration Policy Institute shows that there are more than 200,000 individuals in Cook County who could qualify for temporary relief from deportation under President Obama's executive action. NIJC's Rocio Alcantar spoke with the Chicago Tribune about why legal services for these individuals are important. ...

January 14, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security opened the largest U.S. detention facility, which will hold up to 2,400 mothers and children, the vast majority of whom fled violence in Central America. NIJC and other advocates are appalled and deeply disappointed by this move to expand inhumane family detention.

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January 13, 2015

The United States' Haitian Family Reunification Program made changes toward a humane migration policy for Haitians, but it is limited and extremely delayed. NIJC's Royce Bernstein Murray and the Center for Global Development's Michael A. Clemens collaborated on an op-ed featured in The Hill....

January 13, 2015

This multi-part series examines the challenges LGBT immigrants face in the United States.

In part one, "LGBT immigrants still face hurdles," the reporter talks to NIJC's Keren Zwick and NIJC...

January 7, 2015

Representative Filemon Vela (D-TX) joined NIJC and several other organizations in defending President Obama's executive order on immigration by filing an amicus "friend of the court" brief in the case, State of Texas vs. United States....

December 19, 2014

A non-violent misdemeanor from decades ago can be grounds for deporting lawful permanent residents of the United States. A reporter from The Atlantic uses his own brother's immigration case to explore how the immigration system often works against individuals who are fighting to stay in the U.S., including limited access to counsel, language...

December 16, 2014

The U.S. Senate confirmed Sarah Saldaña as the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This comes after two years of temporary leadership at ICE and right before the agency will begin implementing administrative relief for some undocumented immigrants. NIJC's Mark Fleming discusses the culture and priorities of the agency in...

December 5, 2014

Twenty states filed suit against President Obama's executive action to fix parts of the United States' broken immigration system. NIJC commented to the media about the lawsuits questionable basis and the potential human rights violations it could create. NIJC and two other local immigration groups also publically requested that Indiana, where...