Muslim Ban Unlawfully Targets U.S. Residents Seeking Citizenship and Immigration Status, Civil Rights Groups Sue
(February 1, 2017) Civil and immigrant rights groups asked a federal court to lift the unconstitutional ban that blocks Muslim immigrants lawfully living in the United States from becoming U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and asylees, among other things.
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Letter from Paromita Shah, Associate Director
(January 31, 2017) Our collective fight against President Trump is just beginning. Together, a horrendous situation is being met with great force, creativity, litigation, and resistance. We've been working around the clock to support organizing, agitating, and impact litigation from coast to coast. From airport actions across the US this weekend, to Trump counter-inauguration actions and the historic Women’s March, to a lawsuit filed suing the President – it’s been a busy January!
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NIPNLG and Partners File Class Action Suit Challenging Trump Administration’s “Muslim Ban”
(January 30, 2017) NIPNLG along with the American Immigration Council, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed a nationwide, class action lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” on grounds that it violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law and statutory prohibition against discrimination.
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NIPNLG Secures Release of 9 Detainees in Dallas, TX Over Weekend
(January 30, 2017) Legal Director Sejal Zota, Board member Javier N. Maldonado, and Vinesh Patel took the case of Shahin Hassanpour, a 70-year old Iranian woman who received her U.S. immigrant visa in September, 2016; and who upon entry to the U.S., would have been granted lawful permanent residence.
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Statement: NIPNLG Denounces President Trump’s Discriminatory Executive Order
(January 28, 2017) We denounce this Executive Order in the strongest of terms. History demonstrates that such policies and laws as the Chinese Exclusion Act, the so-called Japanese internment, the Palmer Raids, Operation W**back , and others, are in retrospect viewed as irreconcilable with the tenets of democracy.
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FAQ for Community Groups Immigration Enforcement Executive Actions: Interior Enforcement
(January 26, 2017) This advisory is intended to provide community groups with a preliminary summary and analysis regarding these changes in interior immigration enforcement, which we will revise as we learn more about enforcement practices under the New Administration.
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Press Release: We Must End the Normalization of Mass Criminalization
(January 26, 2017) President Trump’s executive orders on immigration exemplify contempt for the human rights and safety of millions of Americans of color – and if enacted by Congress, will have far-reaching societal consequences beyond their stated scope. Read the full press release, put out in conjunction with Immigrant Justice Network »
Call to Action: Help Stop the Deportation of 18-Year-Old Yosselin Herrera
“In 2014, I fled El Salvador because of gender violence and threats from the MS 13 gang. I came to Siler City to reunite with my family. If I’m sent back to El Salvador, it could mean my death sentence.”
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Advisory: Trump Considers Targeting Muslims for Special Registration: Q&A
Trump Has Not Yet Revived NSEERS. While there are rumors that the Trump Administration may revitalize NSEERS (National Security Entry/Exit Registration System), there is no Special Requirement currently in place. Preliminary Q&A below.
Report: Abuse, Neglect Common at Immigrant Detention Centers in South
Trump Deportation Plan Would Worsen Detention Center Failures. Investigation finds detainees are routinely denied due process, and frequently endure inhumane conditions in isolated facilities that have little oversight from the federal government.
Harsh Treatment of Immigrant Youth Exposes an Unjust System
Paromita Shah writes in the Huffington Post, "Imagine how terrified you would be if your loved one went missing with no trace. Such tactics are not only degrading and dehumanizing. They are cruel. And now they are a way of life in North Carolina and Georgia." Read the blog »
Settle Lawsuit Challenging Failure of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Timely Respond to FOIA Requests
In accordance with a settlement reached by the parties, a federal district court dismissed a class action lawsuit which challenged U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to timely respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The suit was filed in 2015 by five immigration attorneys and 13 noncitizens, all of whom had filed FOIA requests that had been pending between 7 and 24 months—significantly longer than the 20-business day period set by law for an agency to respond to a FOIA request.
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Read the article, "CBP Settles FOIA Fight with Immigration Attorneys, Noncitizens" by Kelly Knaub
The National Immigration Project applauds the Tenth Circuit’s decision in Golicov v. Lynch
It is the fourth federal appellate court that has ruled in favor of due process and fair notice for immigrants, joining the Ninth, Sixth, and Seventh Circuit courts. The National Immigration Project has been working to challenge this particular statutory provision for many years because of its vague language and inconsistent application. We have witnessed the confusion and uncertainty caused by 16(b) both for noncitizen defendants as they try to determine the immigration consequences of their pleas, and for fact-finders who try to apply its nebulous provision. Today's decision reinforces the principal that every noncitizen facing removal should be guaranteed a consistent application of the laws and a judicially fair process. The case was argued by Skyler Anderson, with the National Immigration Project as amicus.
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Community Members Urge Dept. of Homeland Security to Release Crucial Document on Systemic Civil Rights Violations at Etowah County Immigrant Detention Center
(September 8, 2016) NIPNLG and civic, faith, immigrants’ rights activists gathered to announce the filing of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for a key document issued by the Department of Homeland Security/DHS’s civil rights watchdog office calling for the closure of the infamous Etowah immigrant detention center in Gadsden, Alabama.
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North Carolina Youth Wildin Acosta and Alexander Soriano Released From Detention
(August 18, 2016) NIPNLG celebrates the release of two North Carolina teens and calls for ICE to release other incarcerated youth.
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Lugo-Resendez v. Lynch: Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
(July 29, 2016) The American Immigration Council and NIPNLG applaud the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision yesterday in Lugo-Resendez v. Lynch. The decision strongly reaffirms the importance of immigrants’ statutory right to file a motion to reopen, a procedural protection meant to ensure a proper and lawful outcome in an immigration proceeding. Download the press release »
DHS Supplementary Guidance on Sensitive Locations Fails to Address Aggressive Raids
(July 26, 2016) NIPNLG Calls on DHS Secretary Johnson to Release Wildin Acosta and Other Raid Victims. Download the press release »
Victory in Fifth Circuit, Gomez-Perez v. Lynch
(July 11, 2016) Fifth Circuit Agrees with NIPNLG Amicus Brief in Hermenegildo Gomez-Perez v. Loretta Lynch. Congrats to NIPNLG Legal Director Sejal Zota. Download the decision »
Victory in Sixth Circuit Opinion, Shuti v. Lynch
(July 7, 2016) The side supported by an NIPNLG amicus brief won in the Sixth Circuit in a published opinion, Shuti v. Lynch. 16(b) Crime of Violence was found unconstitutional. NIPNLG was amicus in this case. As the government presently tries to get the Supreme Court to review the decision in Dimaya, now there is no longer a circuit split. Read the decision here: http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov »
Honoring Debbie Smith on the Occasion of NIPNLG's 45th Anniversary Year
(June 24, 2016) Debbie is a much-loved attorney, advocate, and former NIPNLG board chair. She has been a principled advocate, mentor, and litigator for decades. Download the book honoring her »
Bond Set at $30,000 for Charlotte High School Student Arrested in ICE Raid
(June 27, 2016) Family and Community Call on Release of North Carolina Youth Now Entering 6 Months of Incarceration. The Immigration Judge at Stewart Detention Center set the bond amount for Yefri at $30,000, a highly disproportionate and unnecessary amount to place on a high school student and his family. Unfortunately, this high bond amount comes at no surprise given that the Immigration Court in Georgia is one of the most anti-immigrant in the country. Download the press release »
Family and Community Supporters Travel to Stewart Detention Center to Attend Bond Hearing for Yefri Sorto Hernandez, Visit Wildin Acosta and Youth Detainees
(June 24, 2016) A bond hearing for Yefri Sorto Hernandez will be held on Monday, June 27th at Stewart Detention Center at 8:00AM. A judge will decide to either grant a bond to the 19-year old West Mecklenburg High School senior and allow him to return to his family, school and community in Charlotte or to deny his request for bond and sentence him to remain in jail indefinitely. Download the press release »
A Message from NIPNLG: SCOTUS Ruling U.S. v. Texas
(June 24, 2016) This week the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in U.S. v. Texas. While many of us anticipated this outcome, it still comes as a blow. But we know that the NIPNLG community is if anything resilient, and that now, as we always have done, we stand in solidarity with the nation's immigrants and immigrant famlies. Read the full letter »
Top Immigration, Education and Criminal Justice Experts to Hold Congressional Briefing on ICE Raids
(May 23, 2016) A Congressional briefing entitled, "ICE Raids on Immigrant Youth: The Harm to Youth Education and a Driver of Youth Incarceration," will be held Wednesday, May 25th at 3:00 in the Rayburn House Building, Room 2226. Download the press pelease »
NIPNLG Files Public Records Request to Expose Civil Rights Violations in ICE Program, "Operation Border Guardian"
April 26, 2016 - NIPNLG filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on Operation Border Guardian, an Immigration and Customs (ICE) enforcement and detention program targeting Central American teenagers for deportation since January 2016. Since January, there has been widespread public attention and Congressional concern regarding the devastating impact of "Operation Border Guardian" on communities, families and schools particularly in North Carolina and Georgia. Read the press release »
NIPNLG Honors Debbie Smith at Annual Member Reception
April 21, 2016 - Each year at the annual AILA convention (American Immigration Lawyers Association) NIPNLG recognizes a member of our community who has made outstanding contributions to the cause of immigrant justice. We are proud to announce our 2016 honoree on the occasion of NIPNLG's 45th Anniverary Year, Debbie Smith. More »
Nearly 100 South Asians Deported
April 6, 2016 - NIPNLG is helping detainees file pro se prosecutorial discretion requests with some limited success. We’re pushing for others to be released as well. As Fahd Ahmed of DRUM says in this article (which also quotes Assoc Dir Paromita Shah): “The Obama administration just deported nearly 100 South Asian detainees who crossed three continents seeking safety in the US.” Read the full article on alternet »
As NC Teen Wildin Acosta Awaits Imminent Deportation, Community Announces Week of Actions Demanding Immediate Release
For months, North Carolina families, teachers, students, and civil, labor and faith organizations have been fighting the detention and deportation of NC teenagers such as the imminent deportation of Wildin Acosta. While ICE Director Sarah Saldaña granted Wildin a stay of one more day to file his appeal, Wildin remains detained in Georgia and could be deported as early as tomorrow. Read the press release »
Administrative Complaint – Extreme Temperatures in CBP Short Term Detention Facilities
February 2, 2016 - NIPNLG, in collaboration with Programa de Defensa e Incidencia Binacional and the ACLU of New Mexico, filed an administrative complaint on behalf of persons held by CBP in short-term detention facilities where they are exposed to extreme temperatures. The administrative complaint also challenges the agency standards addressing temperature controls in short-term facilities, but asserts that the agency fails to abide even by these standards. Download the complaint » [PDF]
Ongoing Litigation against CBP
Check out some of the ongoing litigation efforts against CBP and get inspired to bring your own challenge at www.HoldCBPAccountable.org, a joint project of NIPNLG, the American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, and the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project.
Creative Strategies in Immigration Court Defense and Litigation
NIPNLG and the Immigration Clinic at University of Miami School of Law present Creative Strategies in Immigration Court Defense and Litigation, a one-day Continuing Legal Education skill-building seminar on April 29, 2016. Please join us and learn from national experts at this day-long seminar.