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. 

Media coverage on Chicago refugee symposium

September 19, 2016

On September 19, 2016, NIJC and twelve other human and immigrant rights organizations in Chicago held an event discussing the U.S. response to the global refugee crisis. The panel of experts, including NIJC's Lisa Koop and a former NIJC client, emphasized the challenges refugees face in winning protection in the United States and how our country can do more to protect refugees. The Chicago event took place alongside the United Nations General Assembly summit on refugees and migrants.

City of Chicago Declares September 19 as Refugee Protection Day

September 16, 2016
Chicago Human Rights Groups to Hold Public Symposium on World Refugee Crisis
As the United Nations General Assembly convenes a global summit on the world refugee crisis, 13 Chicago human rights organizations will come together on Monday, September 19 at DePaul University for a public discussion about the U.S.

340+ Civil & Human Rights Organizations Tell DHS: Stop Detaining Immigrants in Private Prisons

September 14, 2016

More than 340 immigrant rights, faith-based and civil- and labor-rights organizations delivered a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson Wednesday calling for the government to end its use of private prison companies to detain immigrants.

The Hill: DOJ urged to improve data collection on deaths in police custody

August 30, 2016

NIJC is one of the more than 60 groups who called on the Department of Justice to do a better job when it comes to collecting and reporting data about deaths in police custody. Read the article.


Media coverage of private prison corporations profiting off detaining refugee families

August 14, 2016

Private prison companies make a sickeningly large profit to jail families seeking asylum--more than $1 billion for one facility in Dilley, Texas. NIJC obtained and exposed problematic contracts between the U.S. government and these corporations through its Transparency Project, and has advocated for an end to private prisons in immigration detention.

Progress Illinois: Obama Administration Expands Refugee Program For Central Americans

July 26, 2016

The Obama administration announced it would expand the Central American Minors Program, which offers protections to refugee children and their families. The expansion is an important step, but too many refugees are still excluded. Read the article.

Progress Illinois: Chicago Aldermen, Immigrant Advocates Propose Strengthening 'Welcoming City Ordinance'

July 19, 2016

NIJC and other immigrant rights groups worked with the City of Chicago to strengthen Chicago's "Welcoming City Ordinance" to make our city an even safer and more welcoming place for all immigrants, including refugees. Read the article.

380 Organizations Rebuke President Obama's Failure to Protect 1.2 Million Immigrants

September 14, 2016

Refugees Fleeing El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala Desperately Need Protection from Violence 


NIJC Calls on Department of Homeland Security to End Use of Private Prisons

August 18, 2016

Statement of Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center

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