Enforcement

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:

 

House Judiciary Committee’s Focus on Expanding Immigration Enforcement Contradicts Reality

February 3, 2015

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

Newsweek: Report: Half of Federal Arrests Are on Immigration Charges

January 24, 2015

"Federal immigration arrests hit an all-time high of 85,458 in 2012 — and now account for half of all federal collars, according a new Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) analysis of the most recent data available." NIJC's Mark Fleming comments on this excessive criminalization in Newsweek. Read the article.

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The Atlantic: My Brother Was Almost Deported

December 19, 2014

A non-violent misdemeanor from decades ago can be grounds for deporting lawful permanent residents of the United States. A reporter from The Atlantic uses his own brother's immigration case to explore how the immigration system often works against individuals who are fighting to stay in the U.S., including limited access to counsel, language barriers, detention, and overly harsh penalties for certain offenses. Read more.

International Business Times: Immigration Reform 2014: Sarah Saldaña Confirmed As Head Of Immigration Enforcement Agency

December 16, 2014

The U.S. Senate confirmed Sarah Saldaña as the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This comes after two years of temporary leadership at ICE and right before the agency will begin implementing administrative relief for some undocumented immigrants. NIJC's Mark Fleming discusses the culture and priorities of the agency in recent years. Read more. 

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