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. 

Changing lives in 2014

This year, NIJC's supporters, donors, volunteers, and staff won amazing victories and changed thousands of lives. Thank you for your support. Here are some of the moments we're most proud of in 2014.

U.S. Citizen Sues Department of Homeland Security Following Three and a Half Years in Immigration Detention

October 31, 2014

A New York man is suing the Department of Homeland Security for detaining and seeking his deportation for three and a half years as immigration officers ignored his claims of U.S. citizenship.

Cost-Effective Procedural Changes Could Shrink the Immigration Court Backlog

October 9, 2014

New White Paper Calls for Department of Justice to Enact Immigration Reforms Inspired by Civil Justice Reform Act

Federal Court Certifies Class Action Challenging Immigration Detainers

October 1, 2014

Federal Judge John Lee of the Northern District of Illinois has granted class certification in a federal class action lawsuit challenging the federal government’s unlawful use of immigration detainers to hold immigrants in the custody of local law enforcement agencies.

Federal District Court Reaffirms that ICE Detainers are Not Mandatory

September 30, 2014

A federal judge yesterday reaffirmed that local law enforcement offices should not consider U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers mandatory.


April 24, 2014

This case seeks monetary damages for 324 days of wrongful detention due to an immigration detainer. Sergey Mayorov was born in Belarus and lawfully entered the United States at age 9 to live in the custody of his mother. Mr. Mayorov became a legal permanent resident on July 22, 2005 and two years later, in 2007, he derived citizenship through his mother when she naturalized.

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