Federal Litigation

Arizona SB 1070 at the U.S. Supreme Court: What it means for the Midwest

DePaul University College of Law Lewis Building Room 241 25 East Jackson Street Chicago, IL

This month the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Arizona v. United States regarding the constitutionality of Arizona SB 1070, the notorious “papers please” immigration law that allows local police officers to arrest and question residents simply for “looking” undocumented. The Court's ruling could determine whether states have the right to pass their own immigration laws and in what circumstances state laws may trump federal immigration provisions. The Supreme Court's decision will have ramifications for communities across the United States. 

Fusion: Release from detention centers isn’t the end of undocumented women and children’s struggles

July 27, 2015

A federal court ruling requires the Department of Homeland Security to close imminently its family detention centers holding thousands of asylum-seeking mothers and children. NIJC's Royce Bernstein Murray explained the obstacles mothers and children will still face in the legal system, including having access to counsel and knowing their rights.

NIJC Cheers Federal Court Order to End Family Detention

July 27, 2015
Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) applauds the July 24 federal court order requiring imminent closure of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) family detention centers, which the Obama administrat

Detained Immigrants Fearing Persecution to Receive Prompt Asylum Reviews

July 8, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Immigrants detained in the United States with final deportation orders but who fear persecution or torture in their home countries will now have their requests for asylum processed in days rather than months under a proposed settlement of a nationwide class action suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Associated Press: Court: Spouse Can't Protest Husband's Visa Denial

June 15, 2015

The Supreme Court ruling in Kerry v. Din found that the government is not required to provide a detailed reason for denying the spouse’s visa application. In the case, a U.S. citizen was permanently separated from her spouse on a bare, unexplained allegation that her Afghani husband had been involved in supporting terrorism. The Associated Press quoted NIJC's Chuck Roth about the ruling. Read the article.

U.S. Supreme Court’s Kerry v. Din Ruling Denies Justice to American Families Seeking Accountability for Visa Decisions

June 15, 2015
Today the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a U.S. citizen to be permanently separated from her spouse on a bare, unexplained allegation that her Afghani husband had been involved in supporting terrorism. The Court’s decision in Kerry v. Din found that the U.S.

Supreme Court Upholds Due Process Protection for Immigrants Facing Deportation Following Minor Drug Convictions

June 1, 2015
Cites NIJC Amicus Argument Emphasizing Importance of Access to Counsel
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) applauds today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Mellouli v.

Elkhart Truth: Goshen man originally from Mexico worried, resigned, hopeful as debate simmers over Obama's immigration changes

February 27, 2015

Enrique Arista Salgado qualifies for temporary immigration relief under President Obama's executive action announced in November of 2014. However, a Texas judge's ruling to delay implementation of the new deferred action programs puts Enrique, who is currently undocumented, back in a state of indefinite limbo. Enrique and his NIJC attorney, Lisa Koop, are disappointed but remain hopeful that Enrique will eventually be able to apply for temporary relief.

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


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

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