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 of the change in interpretation of the detention bed quota

April 6, 2015

"The number of immigrants being held in detention centers across the U.S. is the lowest it’s been in nearly a decade, possibly signaling a change in a federal mandate called a 'bed quota.'" NIJC's policy director, Royce Benstein Murray, spoke to the press about why immigration detention should be used only as a last resort and how a different interpretation of the detention bed quota could result in the U.S. detaining fewer individuals unneccesarily.

Texas Federal Court Rules in Favor of 2012 Deportation Relief Programs

April 8, 2015
Fifth Circuit Sets Promising Precedent for Pending Ruling on Immigration Executive Action
The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) welcomes this week’s ruling from a federal appeals court in Texas, which reiterated that the Department of Homeland Security has broad discretion in how it enforces federal immigration law.

NIJC Calls on IL Governor Rauner to Restore Funding for Immigrant Services

April 6, 2015

Cuts Hurt Families, Deprive Illinois Residents of Immigration’s Fiscal Benefits

Statement by Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center

The Untold Stories of Children Fleeing Central America

Upon getting off the train at the Mexico-Arizona border, 16-year-old Carlos*, his father, and a group of nine other adults were kidnapped by members of a drug cartel.

Court-Ordered Halt to Obama’s Unlawful Family Detention Practices Is an Opportunity to Expand Alternatives to Detention Programs

February 24, 2015

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

Obama Administration Moves to Reverse Texas Immigration Ruling; Seeks to Keep Families Together, Reduce Hardships

February 20, 2015

Statement by Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center

Families, DAPA, and the War on Drugs

A reflection on the war on drugs, and its impact on families. For the past five years, I have been working with Ana*, who has been a lawful permanent resident in the United States for more than 28 years.

When it comes to U.S. Presidents and Deportations, Their Records Speak for Themselves

Since 2009, President Obama has deported more than 2.3 million people, nearly as many individuals as a century’s worth of presidents:


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