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. 

Senator Kirk’s Proposal to Reject Syrian Refugees Betrays Illinois’ History of Welcoming the Persecuted

February 5, 2016
Statement of Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center
Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) condemns Senator Mark Kirk's (R-IL) call fo

Congress Must Uphold America’s Commitment to Protecting the Vulnerable

February 3, 2016
Statement by Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center
Any serious discussion about problems in U.S. refugee and visa programs must include considerations for how to protect people fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries.

Media coverage about TPS for Northern Triangle families

January 25, 2016

NIJC was among more than 270 human rights, civil rights, and legal advocacy groups who called on the Obama administration to grant Temporary Protected Status to people fleeing brutal violence in the Northern Triangle region of Central America.

NBC News: Hundreds of Groups Press for Temporary Protection for Central Americans (1/25/2016)


270+ Organizations Send Letter Urging President Obama to Offer Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

January 25, 2016
Demand for Humanitarian Protection Grows in Light of Escalating Violence
More than 270 organizations sent a letter to President Obama this morning asking his administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a form of temporary immigration relief, to un

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

Fusion: LGBT groups call on Obama to stop immigration raids against women and children

January 14, 2016

NIJC joined more than 30 other LGBT rights groups in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson demanding he end raids on immigrant families from Central America. The U.S. government should ensure protection for these families who have fled violence in the same way it has for thousands of LGBTQ immigrants. Read more.

U.S. Government Recognizes that Families Fleeing Central America are Refugees

January 14, 2016
NIJC Calls on ICE to End Raids Against those Who have Already Reached the U.S.
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) welcomes the announcement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the U.S.

takepart: Stranded at the Mexican Border, More Kids Face Immigration Court Alone

December 10, 2015

Many immigrant children who flee violence in Central America and come to the United States seeking safety have to represent themselves in court because they don't have legal counsel. Without a lawyer and access to legal counsel, there is no way for these children to have a fair chance at justice. NIJC's Alexandra Fung comments on the dire situation in Takepart. Read the article.

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