NIJC in the News

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 15, 2014

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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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...

December 5, 2014

NIJC awarded United Airlines with its Human Rights Corporate Award at the 15th Annual Human Rights Awards. United Airlines has been a committed partner in advancing justice for immigrants, particularly immigrant youth seeking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. NIJC's award is mentioned along with the other groups who awarded United...

November 23, 2014

"La nueva estrategia migratoria anunciada por el presidente Barack Obama este jueves hace desaparecer el programa Comunidades Seguras, pero mantiene la polémica colaboración de las policías locales con Inmigración, Ejecución Prioritaria. ... El Centro Nacional de Justicia para Inmigrantes (NIJC) de Chicago dio la bienvenida a la desaparición...

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...