Reports & Publications

(April 2007) — Immigrants facing deportation are often unable to access counsel, placing them at great risk because immigration laws are among the most complex and confusing in the American legal system. NIJC submitted a briefing paper to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants in advance of the rapporteur's U.S. tour in 2007.

(April 2007) — The problems of isolation, inhumane conditions, and lack of reliable access to legal counsel and health care that characterize immigration detention in general are particularly problematic for women. NIJC submitted a briefing paper to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants in advance of the rapporteur's U.S. tour in 2007.

Federal data shows a steady increase in the number of immigrants in administrative detention who have signed deportation orders waiving their right to see a judge.  The National Immigrant Justice Center, through a Freedom of Information Act request, collected data showing that 94 percent of the 80,844 stipulated orders of removal signed between April 1997 and February 2008 were by...

(Fall 2008) — The first edition of a new quarterly policy brief produced by Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center focuses on due process violations during the May 2008 immigration raid in Postville, Iowa.

(Spring 2009) — One year after the Postville raid and just over 100 days after President Barack Obama took office, this policy brief examines how the Obama administration has addressed human rights and due process concerns for immigrants in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security.

(Fall 2009) — When asylum seekers arrive at a U.S. airport or other port of entry and tell immigration officials they are afraid to return to their native countries, under current U.S. immigration policies they are arrested and detained, often for months, without an opportunity to ask for release. This policy brief covers the mistreatment of asylum seekers under current U.S. immigration...

(Winter 2009) — Workers' lack of knowledge about the legality of their "working papers" has raised questions about the federal convictions that led to their deportation. Furthermore, some workers who were hurried through legal proceedings following the raid have reported abuse that may have made them eligible for immigration protection.

Immigration Court System Needs Vital Fixes to Protect Human Rights

(Winter 2010) - As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expands immigration enforcement programs that sweep up and detain thousands of people, the U.S. government has failed to provide the necessary resources to ensure due process in the courts that will ultimately decide immigrants’ fates.

(May 2010) — NIJC researched successful alternatives to detention employed in the Australian immigration detention system to develop concrete lessons and feasible recommendations that policymakers could apply to the detention system in the United States. In addition to outlining the human rights reasons for implementing reform, the report provides powerful financial data and statistics...

Limited Access to Legal Counsel in Immigration Detention Facilities Jeopardizes a Fair Day in Court 

(September 2010) — U.S. law requires that individuals in immigration proceedings receive a “reasonable opportunity” to present their case in court. But the U.S. government routinely limits this right when it detains thousands of people in...