National Immigration Law Center
Sign up for email updates.

Our mission is to defend & advance the rights & opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.



NILC ENGAGES IN IMPACT LITIGATION to defend the constitutional rights of low-income immigrants and thereby ensure that all of our fundamental rights are protected. NILC has created a strong line of defense against anti-immigrant laws that threaten to undermine immigrant families’ constitutional rights and undermine our country’s values of fairness and justice. NILC attorneys have filed class-action lawsuits to block anti-immigrant laws across the country, including in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Utah.

NILC also fights to protect due process rights for immigrants caught by the immigration enforcement dragnet, and to shed light on tactics used by law enforcement officials who engage in immigration enforcement activities.

Immigration Enforcement
Challenges to state laws enacted in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Utah. (Also, litigation against laws or policies in Farmers Branch, TX, and Orleans Parish, LA.)

Workers' Rights

Detention and Removal
Challenges to federal policies and practice with respect to the detention and removal (or deportation) of immigrants. Includes information about a challenge to practices in Border Patrol facilities in Arizona and about the Orantes permanent injunction.

Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Use of Driver's License Databases (FOIA)
An action under the Freedom of Information Act to compel DHS and ICE to conduct a proper search for and disclose documents and records related to information-sharing between these government agencies and state driver’s license agencies for immigration enforcement purposes.

Access to Driver’s Licenses
Challenges to state policies that would deny driver's licenses to people granted deferred action under the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

Access to Health Care Coverage
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and formal administrative complaints regarding the government's intent to terminate the health insurance of certain people who enrolled in coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

Access to Legal Status

Access to Education