A Victory for Community Trust: Senate Defeats Punitive Immigration Detainer Bill

October 20, 2015

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

Navigating Advance Parole: A DACA Guide to Seeing the World and Reconnecting with Your Roots

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Tucson Sentinel: Immigration authorities update standards for holding migrants

October 7, 2015

For the first time, U.S. Custom and Border Protection issued public standards for the treatment of individuals in its custody. The Tucson Sentinel gathered advocates' and legal service providers', including NIJC's, reactions and concerns about the new guidance. Read the article.

NIJC Calls for Greater Accountability in the Implementation of New CBP Standards

October 5, 2015

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

Media coverage of NIJC releasing detention center contracts

August 14, 2015

After several years of Freedom of Information Act litigation, NIJC released 90 immigration detention center contracts revealing which reveal the disarray and lack of transparency of the system that annually detains more than 400,000 people.

Latin Post: Advocates Obtain Thousands of FOIA Papers on 'Unprecedented' ICE Detention Practice (8/14/2015)

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.

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