DREAM Act/DACA

[Videos] Immigrant services make Illinois stronger

Programs that help immigrants build their lives, raise families, and apply for legal status make Illinois’ economy stronger and our state a better place to live. We asked a couple of NIJC clients to share why these services are important to them. And we're asking you to share your story too.

For Melanny, it meant a chance to attend college.

Texas Federal Court Rules in Favor of 2012 Deportation Relief Programs

April 8, 2015
Fifth Circuit Sets Promising Precedent for Pending Ruling on Immigration Executive Action
 
The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) welcomes this week’s ruling from a federal appeals court in Texas, which reiterated that the Department of Homeland Security has broad discretion in how it enforces federal immigration law.

Hispanic Executive: Corporate Counsel Helps Victims of a Broken System

March 1, 2015

JPMorgan Chase's Assistant General Counsel Annette Isaacson has played an important role in providing legal services to immigrant youth applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) through volunteering with NIJC. She advocates for a reformed immigration system that will create a roadmap to permanent legal status for undocumented immigrants. Hispanic Executive profiled Annette and her pro bono work. Read the article.

Obama Administration Moves to Reverse Texas Immigration Ruling; Seeks to Keep Families Together, Reduce Hardships

February 20, 2015

Statement by Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center

Media coverage of preliminary injunction delaying executive action on immigration

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.

Watchdog.org: States don’t want illegal immigrants, but could they need them? (2/19/2015)

Retraso del Alivio Contra la Deportación Prolonga el Sufrimiento de Familias Americanas e Inmigrantes, Pospone Prosperidad Económica

February 17, 2015

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NIJC Rechaza la Decisión de la Corte en Texas, Apoyara la Apelación del Gobierno Federal

Declaración por Mary Meg McCarthy, Directora Ejecutiva, Centro Nacional de Justicia Para Inmigrantes de Heartland Alliance

Delay of Deportation Relief Programs Prolongs Suffering of American Families and Immigrants, Defers Economic Boon

February 17, 2015

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NIJC Rejects Texas Court Ruling, Will Support Federal Government’s Appeal and Continue Community Outreach

Statement by Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center

Chicago Tribune: Obama's immigration initiative could benefit 225,000 in Chicago area, analysis finds

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. Read more.

NIJC Condemns U.S. House of Representatives' Proposals to Weaken Protections for Children and Keep Families Separated

January 14, 2015

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

Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is appalled by mean-spirited attempts by certain members of Congress to reverse President Obama’s immigration executive action and roll back protections for children and families fleeing rampant violence in Central America.

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