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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 Chicago woman suing government over DACA denial

May 25, 2016

Ireri Unzueta Carrasco was denied renewed DACA because she participated in peaceful civil disobedience actions as part of the national movement to win relief for undocumented students and stop deportations. NIJC is representing Ireri in her suit against the government, challenging their claim that her civil disobedience makes her a "threat to public safety."

Chicago Woman Challenges Immigration Authorities on Labeling Her a “Public Safety Concern” Over Participation in Peaceful Civil Disobedience

May 25, 2016
Civil disobedience that prompted relief program should not be grounds for denial
 
A young Chicago woman who came to the United States when she was six years old is suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S.

Media Coverage about Raids on Central American Families in Summer 2016

May 13, 2016

Despite bitter backlash from the public after conducting raids at the beginning of 2016, the Obama administration reportedly decided to resume raids on families fleeing violence in Central America in the summer of 2016. NIJC joined the many voices in opposition of this misguided policy.

The Nation: The Obama Administration Is Restarting Immigration Raids, but to What End? (5/13/2016) 

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PRI: She fled abuse in Mexico, and now this trans woman says she was abused in immigration detention too

April 14, 2016

PRI's The World features NIJC's LGBT Immigrant Rights Inititiative Attorney Keren Zwick and client Gretta, who came to the United States to seek asylum from persecution she suffered because of her transgender identity, only to face further abuse while she was detained for more than two years by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Read the article.

America’s Shame: U.S. Government’s Raids on Families Fleeing Violence Threaten Lives

May 13, 2016

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

Gary, Indiana, Thwarts Second Attempt by GEO Group to Build Massive Immigration Detention Center

May 5, 2016
Statement by Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center
 
The city council of Gary, Indiana, voted unanimously last night to reject a bid by private prison company GEO Group to build an 800-bed immigration detention center near the city’s airport.

International Commission Calls on U.S. Government to Stop Deportation of Salvadoran Mother Fleeing Gang Threats

April 14, 2016
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has asked the U.S. government to stop the deportation of a Salvadoran mother who fled to the United States after the Mara Salvatrucha gang threatened her life and murdered her son.
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