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Report calls for reform of flawed immigrant detention system

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 (MCHR), demonstrates that the Obama administration...

NIJC Sues DHS re FOIA, Prosecutorial Discretion

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 the Obama administration’s failed prosecutorial...

NIJC Exposes ICE Detention Deficiencies, Files FOIA Lawsuit

"New documents obtained from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reveal that the agency may have adjusted the results of county jail inspections to skirt a Congressional mandate that prohibits the agency from contracting with deficient facilities to hold immigration detainees." ...

New Online Tool Will Provide Legal Help to Thousands of DREAMers Nationwide

"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. DREAMerJustice.org will be available on...

Immigrants Sue U.S. Government, Illinois County Jail for Inhumane Detention Conditions and Neglectful Medical Care

"Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) today filed a lawsuit against officials of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Jefferson County, Illinois, on behalf of seven immigrants who were held at the Jefferson County Justice Center under unsanitary conditions...

Habeas Victory in Arizona: Fernandez Unzueta v. Kane

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 of being an arriving alien. Today the district court...

CA11 (En Banc) on Equitable Tolling: Avila-Santoyo v. U.S. Atty. Gen. (Abdi Overruled)

"[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 found equitable tolling to be applicable. ... Having...

Report: U.S. Held Immigrant Children in Adult Facilities

" The U.S. government detained 1,366 immigrant children for at least three days in adult detention facilities between 2008 and 2012, according to data obtained by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). Nearly 1,000 children were held longer than a week in jails and...

Particular Social Group Practice Advisory: Applying for Asylum After Matter of M-E-V-G- and Matter of W-G-R

"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 to this practice advisory." - NIJC, Mar...

Federal District Court Reaffirms that ICE Detainers are Not Mandatory

"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 to honor immigration detainers,” said...

Cost-Effective Procedural Changes Could Shrink the Immigration Court Backlog

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, cost-neutral procedural reforms that already...

The Real Alternatives to Family Detention

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 Immigrant Justice Center, rmurray@heartlandalliance...

The Immigration Detention Transparency and Human Rights Project - August 2015 Report

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 (FOIA) litigation has resulted in the most comprehensive...

Lives in Peril: How Ineffective Inspections Make ICE Complicit in Immigration Detention Abuse

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 (DWN), exposes how the U.S. Immigration and Customs...

NIJC, KIND and AILA Provide Statements for House Border Hearing

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 NEW NORMAL?" The statement of Mary Meg...

NIJC Practice Advisory: The U Visa Inadmissibility Waiver After L.D.G. v. Holder

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 would be waived. When USCIS denied a waiver...

Justice for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children - An Advocacy Best Practices Manual for Legal Service Providers (NIJC)

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.org/UICBestPractices , including links...