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. 

Reckless Fifth Circuit Decision Goes Beyond Even Judge Hanen’s Injunction

November 10, 2015
Sad Day For the American Justice System
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ 2-1 decision to uphold a nationwide injunction of the Obama administration’s expansion of immigration deferred action not only leaves thousands of American families in limbo, but recklessly reaches beyond the scope of the legal questions the case was intended to address.

New Report Exposes How ICE’s Inspections Perpetuate and Obscure Abuse at Immigration Detention Centers Around the U.S.

October 21, 2015

Newly Released Government Documents Reveal Critical Flaws in ICE Inspections Process, Show that the Obama Administration’s Reforms Fail to Fix Widespread Abuses

Ninth Circuit Grants Protection Against Torture for Mexican Transgender Woman

September 3, 2015
PASADENA, CA — A federal appeals court has granted Convention Against Torture protection to Edin (Carey) Avendano-Hernandez, a transgender woman who fled persecution in Mexico, scolding the administrative immigration court judge who originally denied the case as “ironic

NIJC Releases 90 Immigration Detention Contracts, Launches Immigration Detention Transparency and Human Rights Project

August 13, 2015
Thousands of pages of documents reveal disarray of system that detains more than 400,000 people annually
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center’s (NIJC’s) four-year Freedom of Information Act

NIJC Condemns Obama Administration’s Resistance to Federal Court Order to End Family Detention

August 7, 2015
Statement of Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) condemns the Obama administration’s determination to continue detaining mothers and children who flee to the United States seeking protection from violence in Central America, despite a federal court order requiring

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.

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