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DACA and Your Workplace Rights: FAQ

"NILC has received many questions about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Many of them are about your rights in the workplace, both when you are applying for deferred action and after your application has been approved. This FAQ is intended to answer your questions about...

New Waiver Process Will Help Many Seeking to Become Permanent Residents

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a new rule that will allow certain people who have U.S. citizen family members, but who must leave the U.S. as part of the process of becoming eligible for lawful permanent residence, to complete a critical part of the application process...

NILC DC Seeks DACA Fellow

"The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is seeking a person with legal training to provide legal support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This position will support the Own the Dream campaign by expanding the pro bono legal services available for immigrant youth seeking...

Civil Rights Coalition Files Lawsuit to Stop Alabama from Blacklisting Immigrants

"A coalition of civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit today to stop a portion of Alabama’s anti-immigrant law requiring state officials to post an online list of immigrants who may be undocumented, without providing them with any way to contest their inclusion in the database." ...

Judge Grills State on Purpose of Utah’s Immigration Law

"Over the course of two hours Friday, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups asked a variation on the same question several times to Utah Assistant Attorney General Phil Lott about the state’s enforcement-only immigration law. "[You] have the same right to do what you’re already doing...

Inclusive Policies Advance Dramatically in the States: Immigrants' Access to Drivers' Licenses, Higher Education, Workers' Rights, and Community Policing

"As Congress debated federal immigration reform this year, states led the way by adopting policies designed to integrate immigrants more fully into their communities. In the wake of the 2012 elections, with Latino and Asian voters participating in record numbers, the 2013 state legislative sessions...

E-Verify's Getting Better for Citizens, Worse for Immigrants, Asylees

"A government report released this week found that E-Verify, a federal program that checks whether someone can legally work in the U.S., is growing more accurate. But not for immigrants. The report, commissioned by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), showed that the program is doing...

Prominent Immigration Law Attorney Daniel M. Kowalski Joins National Immigration Law Center’s Board of Directors

Daniel M. Kowalski LOS ANGELES — The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) announces the recent appointment of seasoned immigration law attorney and national expert, Daniel M. Kowalski, to its board of directors. “I am honored to be a part of NILC’s board at such a crucial point...

NILC Updates FAQ on DACA Renewal Process

NILC, Jan. 2014 : "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a draft application and instructions for renewing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The following answers to frequently asked questions regarding the DACA renewal process are intended primarily for legal...

DACA SOP (April 2013)

"The National Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Forms I-821D and I-765, prepared by the Service Center Operations Directorate. Manual is dated April 4, 2013, version 2.0 and was provided to AIC and NILC in response to a FOIA request. AILA Doc....

NILC Update on DACA Renewal Process

"We are one step closer to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) having the DACA renewal form ready and available for applicants! USCIS has released another draft of the DACA application form, after having reviewed comments and suggestions about the previous draft of the revised form...

Free DACA Renewal Webinar, Friday, May 30, 2014: NILC

"The webinar will discuss the newly revised DACA application form and instructions, and other issues such as evidence, filing timelines, and much more. The webinar presenters will also be answering a limited number of questions from those of you who participate. To participate in the webinar, sign...

Key Provisions of Utah's Anti-Immigrant Law Struck Down

"A federal district court today issued a decision blocking several components of Utah’s HB 497, an Arizona-style anti-immigrant law passed in 2011 that threatened the basic civil rights of all Utahns. In its order, the court blocked key provisions of the law that would have allowed police...

Court Enjoins Arizona's Driver License Limitation

"Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was wrong to bar some young immigrants from receiving driver’s licenses, a panel of federal judges ruled today. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to end its policy of denying licenses to young immigrants who...

Judge Orders Attorney Access to Refugee Kids in Arizona Immigration Jail

"On July 10, 2014, prompted by the government’s initial response to the large influx of unaccompanied alien children6 (“unaccompanied children” or “UAC”) and families – many from El Salvador – who have recently been apprehended along the United States border...

Inside Artesia

"Inside the remote, secretive detention center for migrant families ... Hundreds of migrant families who have entered the US from Central America are being held in detention while they wait to be processed. Over 600 people are being held in the main facility, in Artesia, NM. The government is working...

Rights Groups Decry Conditions of Detained Mothers and Children at Artesia Family Detention Center

"Immigrant rights groups spoke about the conditions at one detention center in New Mexico on Thursday, and the insufficient resources mothers and children are faced with. Representatives of 22 groups met with mothers and children at a detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico. Immigrants' rights...

Feds Sued Over Unjust Deportation Process

"The National Immigration Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild today sued the federal government to challenge its policies denying a fair deportation process to mothers and children who have fled...

Why We Are Suing the Government

"American Immigration Council Executive Director Ben Johnson explains why the Council has filed lawsuits against the federal government." - American Immigration Council, Aug. 28, 2014 .

Don't Forget Perez-Fuñez

We've re-learned Orantes, but how many of us remember Perez-Fuñez? Here's a refresher course from NILC. And a link to the case .

Oct. 14th NILC Webinar: ITINs and Common Tax Questions for Restaurant Workers

"Have questions about how to get or use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)? Or about how to deal with potential discrepancies in tax filings? If so, please join us for a webinar on common tax questions and scenarios for immigrant workers , presented by the National Immigration Law...

Advocates to Reveal Policies at Artesia Immigration Jail for Moms, Kids

"Immigrant rights advocates today filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation to compel the release of documents regarding the federal government’s use of the expedited removal process against families with children, including those detained at the government’s family detention...

Groups File Amicus Brief in Texas v. USA Immigration Lawsuit

"Today, immigration, civil rights and labor groups joined the legal effort to defend President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration by filing an amicus “friend of the court” brief in the case, State of Texas vs. United States. In the days after the president’s November...

Mayors’ Defense of DACA / DAPA Brings Critical Voice to Legal Battle

"The National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which is made up of cities with populations of 30,000 or more, and 33 individual mayors, including those from the nation’s five largest cities — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia — filed an amicus...

Hanen Injunction 'Falls Far Outside Legal Mainstream' - NILC

" A federal district court today blocked the implementation of the immigration initiatives announced by President Obama last year, which would allow millions of immigrants to come forward and apply for deportation relief and work authorization. The first phase of initiatives, which affect undocumented...