Chicago Tribune (Letter to the Editor): Don't blame local police for bad immigration policies

July 24, 2015

In a letter published in the Chicago Tribune, NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy explains why policies that separate local police from federal immigration enforcement make our communities safer. Read the letter.

NIJC Condemns House Passage of H.R. 3009, Efforts to Destroy Trust Between Immigrant Communities and Police

July 23, 2015
Washington’s Refusal to Pass Humane Immigration Reform is the Real Public Safety Threat
Statement by Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center
Today the House of Representatives passed harmful legislation that will penalize local law enforcement agencies that have refused to

International Business Times: US Asylum Backlogs Soaring, Testing Patience For Those Fleeing Persecution

July 20, 2015

"The number of pending asylum petitions has increased by more than 800 percent over the last four years, stretching out the period of uncertainty in some cases from six months to two years, or from two years to four. The wait is particularly grueling for those ... who remain separated from their families with no clear answers on their status or time frame for a resolution." NIJC's Ashley Huebner explains some causes of the court backlog and how it affects the immigration system as a whole.

Media coverage of exchanging some 3-year DACA work permits

July 16, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it would begin home visits in Chicago and other cities to exchange three-year work authorization cards that the government erroneously issued to some recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). NIJC and other organization encouraged immigrant communities to be aware but not fearful of the home visits. 

Agencia EFE: Lawyers, activists discuss defense strategies for CentAm migrant kids

June 25, 2015

NIJC hosted a three-day summit for human rights and legal experts to strategize best practices to help unaccompanied children navigate the complex and broken U.S. immigration system. NIJC's Lisa Koop and Alexandra Fung explain some of the challenges unaccompanied children face. Read the article.

DHS Detainers Under New Priority Enforcement Program Still Unconstitutional, Warn Civil Rights Advocates

June 17, 2015
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) was among a dozen civil and immigrant rights organizations today to deliver a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) calling for the administration to end its use of immigration detainers. 

Media coverage of the change in interpretation of the detention bed quota

April 6, 2015

"The number of immigrants being held in detention centers across the U.S. is the lowest it’s been in nearly a decade, possibly signaling a change in a federal mandate called a 'bed quota.'" NIJC's policy director, Royce Benstein Murray, spoke to the press about why immigration detention should be used only as a last resort and how a different interpretation of the detention bed quota could result in the U.S. detaining fewer individuals unneccesarily.

Artículos sobre un mexicano encarcelado injustamente por 20 años

March 10, 2015

Ángel González fue exonerado con la ayuda del grupo Innocence Project y NIJC después de pasar 20 años en la cárcel. Ángel se ha liberado pero es indocumentado todavía.

El Diario: ADN exonera a mexicano que pasó 20 años en la cárcel (3/10/2015)

The New York Times Magazine: The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps

February 4, 2015

The family detention system in the United States is rapidly expanding and will soon have the capacity to jail more than 2,400 mothers and children, many of whom fled violence in Central America. The New York Times Magazine wrote about the legal service providers and advocates who struggle to serve all of the detained families to ensure they receive a fair trial. NIJC Leadership Board member and pro bono attorney Rebecca van Uitert shares her heartbreaking experience representing women and children jailed at a detention center in Artesia, New Mexico.

When it comes to U.S. Presidents and Deportations, Their Records Speak for Themselves

Since 2009, President Obama has deported more than 2.3 million people, nearly as many individuals as a century’s worth of presidents:


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