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. 

Fusion: Release from detention centers isn’t the end of undocumented women and children’s struggles

July 27, 2015

A federal court ruling requires the Department of Homeland Security to close imminently its family detention centers holding thousands of asylum-seeking mothers and children. NIJC's Royce Bernstein Murray explained the obstacles mothers and children will still face in the legal system, including having access to counsel and knowing their rights.

NIJC Cheers Federal Court Order to End Family Detention

July 27, 2015
Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) applauds the July 24 federal court order requiring imminent closure of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) family detention centers, which the Obama administrat

Chicago Tribune (Letter to the Editor): Don't blame local police for bad immigration policies

July 24, 2015

In a letter published in the Chicago Tribune, NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy explains why policies that separate local police from federal immigration enforcement make our communities safer. Read the letter.

NIJC Condemns House Passage of H.R. 3009, Efforts to Destroy Trust Between Immigrant Communities and Police

July 23, 2015
Washington’s Refusal to Pass Humane Immigration Reform is the Real Public Safety Threat
Statement by Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center
Today the House of Representatives passed harmful legislation that will penalize local law enforcement agencies that have refused to

USCIS Comenzara visitas a casas para recuperar permisos de trabajo de algunos beneficiarios de DACA

July 15, 2015
El Centro Nacional de Justicia Para Inmigrantes de Heartland Alliance (NIJC) le pide a las comunidades de inmigrantes que estén en alerta pero que no teman mientras el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración (USCIS) comienza v

USCIS to Begin Home Visits to Retrieve Work Permits for Some DACA Recipients

July 15, 2015
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) encourages immigrant communities to be alert but not fearful as U.S.

The Complex History and Tragic Return of Family Detention

By Jennifer Chan and Katharina Obser


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.

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