NIJC in the News

September 28, 2014

The number of Mexicans applying for and receiving asylum in the United States has increased in recent years, though the acceptance rate is still much lower than many other countries. NIJC's Keren Zwick tells U-T San Diego, "there are a lot of reasons why people fear for their safety, and those claims need to be taken seriously,” This article...

September 26, 2014

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials stated that 70% of immigrant families apprehended at the border since May have not reported or checked-in as they were supposed to. ICE has not provided any explanation or context of this number, but this statistic is deceptive as ICE told The Wall Street Journal that these individuals...

September 24, 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...

September 8, 2014

Illinois' allows undocumented individuals to apply for temporary driver's licenses but a recent case involving a man who was apprehended by immigration authorities after trying to apply raised concerns about immigration authority's access to applicants' information. NIJC's Mark Fleming commented on the case to the media.

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September 4, 2014

NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy and Everard Meade co-authored an op-ed arguing that we must refocus the discussion and action on immigration reform to reflect fairness and our country's true values rather than current cultural politics. ...

August 30, 2014

"En Chicago una coalición integrada por líderes comunitarios, distintas organizaciones, empresarios, religiosos, funcionarios públicos electos, lanzó la campaña denominada: ‘Illinois Campaign to Protect Our Children & Families’, durante una conferencia de prensa que se llevó a cabo en el Hospital Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital,...

August 29, 2014

El gobierno estadounidense está acelerando las audiencias de niños refugiados centroamericanos que cruzaron la frontera a EEUU no acompañados. Muchos no entienden sus situaciones migratorias y no tienen abogados para ayudarles navegar el sistema. Si un niño no puede presentarse en corte, el juez le podría dar una orden de deportación en...

August 27, 2014

Around the country, unaccompanied children are being scheduled for shockingly quick hearings in immigration court, dubbed "rocket dockets." Speedy hearings are tremendously problematic for children trying to obtain asylum and safety in the United States. WBEZ interviewed Alex, an NIJC client, and Lisa Koop, associate director of legal services...

August 21, 2014

"Washington, su presidente y su congreso, se alistan para deportar lo más rápido que puedan a centenares de menores —entre 8 y 17 años— de Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador que desde octubre de 2013, pasan la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México e intentan reunirse con sus padres y, algunos, huyen de la violencia. ... La abogada Ashley...

August 20, 2014

Jose Antonio Vargas and 10 other undocumented immigrants, including NIJC client Erika Aldape, filed a joint deferred action application asking President Obama to grant deportation relief for themselves and the millions of other undocumented immigrants who were left behind by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The action...