Immigration Law

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Report: Systematic Violation Of Immigrants’ Right To Counsel at Remote Immigration Jail
Posted on 4 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, Nov. 29, 2017 - "This report focuses on the Cibola County Correctional Center, a prison complex in rural New Mexico owned and operated by the private prison giant CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America)1 with the capacity to... Read More

Lives in Peril: How Ineffective Inspections Make ICE Complicit in Immigration Detention Abuse
Posted on 23 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC and DWN, Oct. 21, 2015 - "A new report, “ Lives in Peril: How Ineffective Inspections Make ICE Complicit in Immigration Detention Abuse ” released today by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Detention Watch Network... Read More

Cost-Effective Procedural Changes Could Shrink the Immigration Court Backlog
Posted on 13 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

New White Paper Calls for Department of Justice to Enact Immigration Reforms Inspired by Civil Justice Reform Act "As the U.S. immigration court system sags under the weight of the Obama administration’s zealous detention and deportation policies... Read More

NIJC, KIND and AILA Provide Statements for House Border Hearing
Posted on 3 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

At 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security will hold a hearing entitled, "ANOTHER SURGE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ALONG THE SOUTHWEST BORDER: IS THIS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S... Read More

NIJC Practice Advisory: The U Visa Inadmissibility Waiver After L.D.G. v. Holder
Posted on 9 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, Jan. 2016 - "Until recently, U visa applicants in removal proceedings who were subject to one or more grounds of inadmissibility relied on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) alone to determine whether those inadmissibility grounds... Read More

CA11 (En Banc) on Equitable Tolling: Avila-Santoyo v. U.S. Atty. Gen. (Abdi Overruled)
Posted on 14 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[W]e overrule our circuit precedent in Abdi, and now hold that the 90-day time limit to file a motion to reopen under 8 U.S.C. § 1229a(c)(7)(C)(i) is not jurisdictional. ... [W]e agree with every other circuit to have addressed this issue and... Read More

Particular Social Group Practice Advisory: Applying for Asylum After Matter of M-E-V-G- and Matter of W-G-R
Posted on 7 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This practice advisory is primarily intended for attorneys practicing within the jurisdiction of the Seventh Circuit. Attorneys practicing within other jurisdictions are encouraged to utilize other resources specific to their jurisdiction in addition... Read More

Habeas Victory in Arizona: Fernandez Unzueta v. Kane
Posted on 12 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kara Hartzler writes: "I wanted to pass on a great decision we got today granting a preliminary injunction in a habeas case in the Arizona district court. The client is an LPR who has been detained for five years and was denied bond on the basis... Read More

Federal District Court Reaffirms that ICE Detainers are Not Mandatory
Posted on 30 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal judge yesterday reaffirmed that local law enforcement offices should not consider U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers mandatory. “For many years, ICE took advantage of legal ambiguity to convince law enforcement... Read More

NIJC Sues DHS re FOIA, Prosecutorial Discretion
Posted on 18 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

June 18, 2012: "Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) today sued the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice to demand the release of documents that would reveal the breakdown of the implementation of... Read More

Justice for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children - An Advocacy Best Practices Manual for Legal Service Providers (NIJC)
Posted on 6 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Justice for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children - An Advocacy Best Practices Manual for Legal Service Providers (NIJC) - "The manual is designed for easy reference for legal aid organizations and pro bono attorneys and also is accessible online at immigrantjustice... Read More

Report calls for reform of flawed immigrant detention system
Posted on 12 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Links to the report , the press release , and an Associated Press article . "The report, Not Too Late for Reform , authored by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights ... Read More

The Real Alternatives to Family Detention
Posted on 9 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On July 8, 2015 AILA, LIRS, NIJC and WRC distributed this important document - The Real Alternatives to Family Detention "For more information, contact Karen Lucas, American Immigration Lawyers Association, klucas@aila.org; Royce Murray, National... Read More

New Online Tool Will Provide Legal Help to Thousands of DREAMers Nationwide
Posted on 3 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) will launch DREAMerJustice.org, a self-assessment tool to enable eligible youth to apply for the Obama administration’s initiative offering temporary relief from deportation... Read More

The Immigration Detention Transparency and Human Rights Project - August 2015 Report
Posted on 15 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC Freedom of Information Act Litigation Reveals Systemic Lack of Accountability in Immigration Detention Contracting " Executive Summary : The National Immigrant Justice Center’s (NIJC’s) three-year Freedom of Information Act... Read More