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. 

The Huffington Post: Another Dreamer Sues In Federal Court To Help Millions Get Expanded Immigration Relief

October 12, 2016

José Lopez, a Chicago DACA recipient, is suing the government to unblock the immigration executive action which would have provided relief for millions of immigrants. NIJC and National Immigration Law Center are representing José in the federal lawsuit, which is the second of its kind brought by DREAMers. Read the article.

The Texas Tribune: Court's immigration ruling could affect Texas "sanctuary city" debate

October 13, 2016

As a federal judge in Illinois ruled in NIJC's favor that immigration detainers are unlawful, The Texas Tribune looks into the implications the decision could have across the country. Read the article.

CityLab from The Atlantic: Why 'Sanctuary Cities' Make Sense

October 7, 2016

A federal court ruled in NIJC's favor finding immigration detainers unlawful. CityLab looked into why communities are safer when local police don't collaborate with immigration agents. Read the article.

USCIS Reverses Decision to Punish Civil Disobedience, Grants DACA to Chicago Youth

October 3, 2016
Chicago immigrant rights organizer and educator Nadia Sol Ireri Unzueta Carrasco has received notice that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved her request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Unzueta Carrasco had previously been denied due to “public safety concerns” cited by the Chicago USCIS Ombudsman related to her participation in various civil disobedience actions for immigrant rights.

Immigration Detainers are Unlawful, Federal Court Rules

October 3, 2016

Court to Rescind Class Members’ Detainers, Nullifying Centerpiece of ICE’s Priority Enforcement Program (PEP)

Why we must abolish a 1996 law that has destroyed thousands of families (VIDEO)

In June of 1999, Astrid Morataya, then a lawful permanent resident, pled guilty to a minor drug distribution offense. The circumstances were questionable – Astrid consistently denies she was involved with drugs and no drugs were ever recovered on her. The guilty plea, in the aftermath of the Illegal Immigration and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), which went into effect 20 years ago today on September 30, 1996, would have a devastating effect on Astrid’s life.

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.
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