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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. 

Agencia EFE: Conceden asilo a inmigrante diagnosticado con sida

June 25, 2015

"La Junta de Apelaciones de Inmigración concedió asilo en Estados Unidos a un inmigrante mexicano por la persecución que sufriría en su país por ser VIH positivo y considerado gay, informó hoy el Centro de Justicia Inmigrante de Chicago (NIJC)." Leer el artículo.

Agencia EFE: Lawyers, activists discuss defense strategies for CentAm migrant kids

June 25, 2015

NIJC hosted a three-day summit for human rights and legal experts to strategize best practices to help unaccompanied children navigate the complex and broken U.S. immigration system. NIJC's Lisa Koop and Alexandra Fung explain some of the challenges unaccompanied children face. Read the article.

Media coverage of guidance on detaining transgender immigrants

June 29, 2015

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released new guidance on detaining transgender immigrants. NIJC and a coalition of immigrant and LGBT rights advocates welcomed these long-overdue developments but called on ICE to truly protect LGBTQ individuals by ending the policy to detain them.

Advocates and Members of Congress Call for Release of LGBTQ Immigrants as ICE Announces Transgender Detention Measures

June 29, 2015

Last week, 35 members of Congress sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) calling for sharp limits on the use of detention of LGBTQ immigrants due to their vulnerability to sexual assault. And today, DHS’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued guidance on the detention of transgender non-citizens.

U.S. Immigration Experts Hold Chicago Summit to Build Capacity for Providing Legal Services for Central American Kids Fleeing Persecution

June 25, 2015
A year after thousands of children arrived in the United States fleeing a surge of violence in Central America, legal aid providers and pro bono attorneys have convened in Chicago this week for a three-day summit  to strategize best practices to help those children navigate the complex and broken U.S.

Obama Administration Concedes that Detaining Mothers and Children Who Seek Asylum is Harmful and Unnecessary, Still Plans to Detain Them

June 24, 2015
Today’s statement from U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson calling for “substantial” changes to family detention practices is a step in the right direction.

DHS Detainers Under New Priority Enforcement Program Still Unconstitutional, Warn Civil Rights Advocates

June 17, 2015
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) was among a dozen civil and immigrant rights organizations today to deliver a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) calling for the administration to end its use of immigration detainers. 
 

Senate Democrats Demand an End to Family Detention

June 2, 2015

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

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