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. 

NIJC Welcomes Legislation to Protect Refugees and Asylum Seekers

July 15, 2016
Statement of Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) applauds Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) for their bicameral introduction of the Refugee Protection Act of 2016 to improve the United States’ asylum and refugee resettlement programs.

Worldview, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio: Chicago Immigration Lawyers Help Refugees In Lesbos

June 27, 2016

NIJC's Lisa Koop and pro bono attorney Duane Sigelko talked about their recent trips to Greece to provide legal services to Syrian families, and similarities they saw with Central American refugees they have been representing in the United States. Listen to the segment.


The New York Times (Letter): How We Can Help Central American Refugees

July 11, 2016

The New York Times published NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy’s letter to the editor insisting that President Obama can and must do more to reduce deportations and provide protection to refugees fleeing violence in Central America. Read the letter.

La Corte Suprema Niega Justicia a Inmigrantes, Familias, y Comunidades Americanas; Bloquea Programas de Acción Diferida de 2014

June 23, 2016

Declaración de Mary Meg McCarthy, Directora Ejecutiva, Centro Nacional de Justicia Para Inmigrantes de Heartland Alliance


El Centro Nacional de Justicia Para Inmigrantes de Heartland Alliance (NIJC) está indignado por la decisión de hoy de la Corte Suprema la cual bloquea los programas de acción diferida anunciados el 2014 por el Presidente Obama.

Supreme Court Denies Justice to Immigrants, Families & American Communities

June 23, 2016

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


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) 


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.

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