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. 

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules that Torture Victims Falsely Accused of Terrorism as a Pretext for Persecution Have the Right to Seek Asylum in U.S.

July 21, 2016
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the petition for review of an Ethiopian man who was falsely accused of terrorist activity and tortured by the Ethiopian government.

NIJC Sues Federal Government to Release Data on Racial Profiling in Immigration Enforcement

February 8, 2016
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) filed a federal lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia demanding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S.

La Corte Suprema Escuchara Argumentos Legales Sobre Las Acciones Ejecutivas del Presidente Obama

January 19, 2016


Declaración por Mary Meg McCarthy, Directora Ejecutiva, Centro Nacional de Justicia Para Inmigrantes de Heartland Alliance

DAPA and DACA+ Finally Get a Fair Hearing

January 19, 2016

Supreme Court Will Hear Oral Argument on Obama Administration’s Immigration Executive Actions

Media coverage of NIJC and DWN's report on ICE immigration detention inspections

October 21, 2015
After three years of Freedom of Information Act litigation, NIJC released U.S.

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

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