The Huffington Post: Another Dreamer Sues In Federal Court To Help Millions Get Expanded Immigration Relief

October 12, 2016

José Lopez, a Chicago DACA recipient, is suing the government to unblock the immigration executive action which would have provided relief for millions of immigrants. NIJC and National Immigration Law Center are representing José in the federal lawsuit, which is the second of its kind brought by DREAMers. Read the article.

Chicago Dreamer Challenges Nationwide Immigration Injunction

October 12, 2016

New lawsuit advances efforts started in New York, alleges Texas order not binding in Illinois

CHICAGO — A new federal lawsuit today advanced efforts to reinstate the Obama administration’s immigration relief initiatives, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (expanded DACA), in some parts of the country.

USCIS Reverses Decision to Punish Civil Disobedience, Grants DACA to Chicago Youth

October 3, 2016
Chicago immigrant rights organizer and educator Nadia Sol Ireri Unzueta Carrasco has received notice that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved her request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Unzueta Carrasco had previously been denied due to “public safety concerns” cited by the Chicago USCIS Ombudsman related to her participation in various civil disobedience actions for immigrant rights.

StoryCorps / WBEZ: 'Instead Of Making It A Secret, I Felt Like We Could Make It A Way For People To Know'

September 9, 2016

Siblings Rafael and Karla, who are former NIJC clients, talk about some of the challenges they faced growing up undocumented, including when Rafael and his brother Carlos were detained by immigration officials as teenagers. Listen to their story.

La Corte Suprema Niega Justicia a Inmigrantes, Familias, y Comunidades Americanas; Bloquea Programas de Acción Diferida de 2014

June 23, 2016

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


El Centro Nacional de Justicia Para Inmigrantes de Heartland Alliance (NIJC) está indignado por la decisión de hoy de la Corte Suprema la cual bloquea los programas de acción diferida anunciados el 2014 por el Presidente Obama.

Supreme Court Denies Justice to Immigrants, Families & American Communities

June 23, 2016

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


Media coverage of Chicago woman suing government over DACA denial

September 30, 2016

Ireri Unzueta Carrasco was denied renewed DACA because she participated in peaceful civil disobedience actions as part of the national movement to win relief for undocumented students and stop deportations. NIJC is representing Ireri in her suit against the government, challenging their claim that her civil disobedience makes her a "threat to public safety."

UPDATE: In September 2016, Ireri's DACA renewal was approved.

Chicago Woman Challenges Immigration Authorities on Labeling Her a “Public Safety Concern” Over Participation in Peaceful Civil Disobedience

May 25, 2016
Civil disobedience that prompted relief program should not be grounds for denial
A young Chicago woman who came to the United States when she was six years old is suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S.
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