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Immigration Detention Bed Quota Timeline

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention system costs taxpayers more than $2 billion each year. Since 2009, congressional appropriations laws have included language on immigration detention beds that is known as the detention bed quota. No other law enforcement agency is subject to a real or perceived quota for its detainees.

DACA Renewal Clinic 02/08/2018

During this free legal clinic, private attorneys from Chicago's top law firms will join with the National Immigrant Justice Center to complete and file applications for qualified individuals to RENEW their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Registration must be completed as soon as possible.

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Our Failed Congress

Statement of Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center

President Trump and Congress must stop playing political games with people’s lives. Americans deserve a fully funded government, health services for children, a strong disaster relief system and an immigration system that ensures members of our communities will not be needlessly torn away and exiled to countries they do not know. The National Immigrant Justice Center is disappointed that members of Congress repeatedly defer their responsibility and once again have failed to reach a final agreement to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and their families. Each day that Congress fails to create a solution to the crisis President Trump created by ending DACA, more than 100 immigrant Dreamers become subject to deportation. We believe in an America of liberty, opportunity, and hope, and we call on Congress to remember it is their job to uphold that promise and protect all of our communities. We only hope that the agreement to negotiate an immigration deal before February 8 represents a true willingness by both parties to, at last, work together to find a solution. We will hold Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) accountable for the promises they made this morning to the American people, who overwhelming support a legislative solution for Dreamers.

DACA Renewal Clinic 01/26/2018

During this free legal clinic, private attorneys from Chicago's top law firms will join with the National Immigrant Justice Center to complete and file applications for qualified individuals to RENEW their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Registration must be completed as soon as possible.

Register for this clinic.

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Thank you for taking action to protect immigrants' due process rights and fix the injustices in immigration court.

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DACA Renewal Appointments 1/19/18

During this free legal appointment, National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) will complete and file applications for qualified applicants to RENEW their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). NIJC has appointments available Tuesday, January 16 through Friday, January 19 in downtown Chicago; appointments will last about one hour between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. After you register, NIJC will call and/or email you to confirm that you qualify to renew your DACA and confirm your appointment time.

DACA Renewal Appointments 1/18/18

During this free legal appointment, National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) will complete and file applications for qualified applicants to RENEW their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). NIJC has appointments available Tuesday, January 16 through Friday, January 19 in downtown Chicago; appointments will last about one hour between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. After you register, NIJC will call and/or email you to confirm that you qualify to renew your DACA and confirm your appointment time.

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