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. 

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

Mistreatment of LGBT Detainees Continues with Planned Mass Transfer to Remote California Facility

By Michael R. Jarecki and Keren Zwick
This blog post was originally posted on the AILA Leadership Blog.

TakePart: Detaining Trans Women in Private Facility Won't Keep Them Safe, Advocates Say

August 27, 2015

Immigrants rights advocates and legal services providers are concerned about plans to transfer transgender immigrants currently detained in facilities around the country to one isolated facility in Adelanto, California, moving them away from their attorneys and support systems. NIJC's Keren Zwick explains the concerns. Read the article.

Progress Illinois: Chicago Aldermen, Advocates Release City Proposals To Strengthen Immigrant Integration

August 18, 2015

"Chicago aldermen and immigrant advocates unveiled a list of proposals Tuesday aimed at improving the lives of immigrants across the city. Issues of language access, legal representation, safety and services for immigrants are addressed in the Chicago Immigration Policy Working Group's six-point immigrant integration plan." Read the article.


Media coverage of NIJC releasing detention center contracts

August 14, 2015

After several years of Freedom of Information Act litigation, NIJC released 90 immigration detention center contracts revealing which reveal the disarray and lack of transparency of the system that annually detains more than 400,000 people.

Latin Post: Advocates Obtain Thousands of FOIA Papers on 'Unprecedented' ICE Detention Practice (8/14/2015)

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
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