In recent years, federal immigration enforcement policies and practices, including increased reliance on state and local agencies for information about non-U.S. citizens, have swept an unprecedented number of people into the detention and deportation system. These policies rip families apart, encourage racial profiling, and undermine due process. States and localities, too, have enacted laws designed to make life so difficult for immigrants that they are forced to go elsewhere. Through policy work and litigation, NILC challenges unjust enforcement-related federal, state, and local policies and laws whose main targets are low-income immigrants and their families.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Everyone Has Certain Basic Rights, No Matter Who Is President (also in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish; rights card also in Farsi and Somali)
Immigration Enforcement–related Rights Information (encountering law enforcement; raids; patients’ and providers’ rights; employers’ rights; participating in demonstrations)
Enforcement Actions in or Near Protected Areas
Factsheet: The Department of Homeland Security’s “Protected Areas” Memorandum
President Trump’s Muslim Bans
What You Should Know About the Latest Muslim Ban (posted 1/31/20; hyperlink goes to CAIR California website)
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Muslim Ban 3.0: What You Need to Know (6/26/18; CAIR California and Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus; contains links to versions in Arabic, Farsi, Somali, and Urdu)
Backgrounder: Worksite Immigration Raids
Lessons from East Tennessee: A Toolkit for Organizations Responding to Mass Worksite Immigration Raids
Funding for ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Is Funding for Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda
President Trump’s Raids on Immigrant Communities (facts and what you can do)
Immigration Raids Alert: Prepare for Raids and Protect Yourself!
Alerta sobre redadas de inmigración: ¡Prepárese para las redadas y protéjase!
Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff (PDF)
“Sanctuary” Policies: Enhancing Trust Between Immigrants & Local Authorities
The Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy (Tom Wong, CAP & NILC)
How Much Funding for Sanctuary Jurisdictions Could Be at Risk? (AILA, CAP & NILC)
Secure Communities, 287(g), and Related Programs
Overview of the Key ICE ACCESS Programs: 287(g), the Criminal Alien Program, and Secure Communities (PDF)
Resources | COVID-19 Crisis and Consequences
Federal Enforcement & Information Sharing
Factsheet: Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART): DHS is Building a Massive Database of Personal Information
RESOURCE LIST: Immigration Enforcement–related Information Sharing and Privacy Protection
Glossary: Immigration Databases, Information Sharing Systems, and Case Management Systems
Cradle to Grave: DHS Builds System to Track and Surveil Immigrants and Impede Access to Lawful Status
Stop Trump’s Midnight Surveillance Rule: Proposed Rule Would Track and Surveil Immigrants and Impede Access to Immigration Status by Expanding Biometrics Collections
Nlets: Questions and Answers
Untangling the Immigration Enforcement Web: Basic Information for Advocates about Databases and Information-Sharing Among Federal, State, and Local Agencies
How ICE Uses Local Criminal Justice Systems to Funnel People Into the Detention and Deportation System
Victimizing the Victims (When state and local agencies participate in immigration enforcement, victims and witnesses are put at risk)
How U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement and State Motor Vehicle Departments Share Information
How California Driver’s License Records Are Shared with the Department of Homeland Security
Enforcement in the Workplace: Employers’ Rights
What to Do if Immigration Comes to Your Workplace (a guide for employers)
Campus Safe Zones
Model Campus Safe Zones Resolution Language: K–12
Model Campus Safe Zones Resolution Language: Colleges & Universities
Understanding the Sanctuary School and Safe Zone Movement: A Quick Guide for Educators (hyperlink is to Immigrants Rising website)
Arrest & Detention (Unaccompanied Children)
The Orantes Injunction (requires DHS to uphold certain rights of Salvadorans in immigration detention)
The U.S. Government’s Response to the Current Influx of Unaccompanied Children at the Border and Its Obligations Under Existing Court Orders (6/20/14)
The Nationwide Perez-Fuñez Permanent Injunction Provisions for Unaccompanied Children in DHS Custody (PDF)
Right to Legal Counsel
Blazing a Trail: The Fight for Right to Counsel in Detention and Beyond
Advancing Universal Representation: A Toolkit for Advocates, Organizers, Legal Service Providers, and Policymakers (The Center for Popular Democracy, National Immigration Law Center, and Vera Institute of Justice)
California’s Due Process Crisis: Access to Legal Counsel for Detained Immigrants (PDF) (California Coalition for Universal Representation)
AB 90: More Welcome Fixes to California’s Gang Databases
State and Local Enforcement
Along Racial Lines: The Genesis of Arizona’s SB 1070 Is a Cautionary Tale of Race-based Immigration Policy
SB 1070: Lessons Learned (on the 4th anniversary of enactment of Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant law)
Dramatically Increased Fees Deny Access to Justice
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., et al. v. Executive Office for Immigration Review, et al.
Unlawful Confinement Resulting from ICE “Holds”
Adame-Reyes v. Lombardo (Las Vegas sheriff violates the Constitution in cooperating with ICE hold requests)
Detention and Removal
Jane Doe #1, et al. v. Chad Wolf, et al. (detention conditions in Border Patrol facilities)
Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez v. U.S. Customs & Border Protection, et al. (deported DACA recipient denied information sought under FOIA)
American Immigration Council, et al. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et al. (FOIA — looking for answers in Artesia)
M.S.P.C., et al. v. Johnson, et al. (lack of due process in Artesia detention facility)
Orantes-Hernandez v. Holder (challenging abuses in the detention and removal system)
Vo v. Gee, et al.: Challenge to law that denies certain immigrants their right to marry
Cacho, et al. v. Gusman: Challenge to Orleans Parish sheriff for illegal immigration holds
Alabama’s HB 56: Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, et al. v. Bentley, et al.
Alabama’s HB 56, Section 30: Central Alabama Fair Housing, et al., v. Julie Magee, Alabama Revenue Commissioner, et al.
Alabama’s HB 658, Section 5: Jane Doe #1, et al. v. Hobson, et al. (challenge to blacklisting or “scarlet letter” provision)
Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, Utah
Arizona’s SB 1070: Valle del Sol, et al. v. Whiting, et al., formerly Friendly House, et al. v. Whiting, et al.
Georgia’s HB 87: Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, et al. v. Deal, et al.
Indiana’s SB 590 & HB 1402: Buquer, et al. v. City of Indianapolis, et al.
South Carolina’s SB 20: Lowcountry Immigration Coalition, et al. v. Haley, et al.
Utah’s HB 497: Utah Coalition of La Raza, et al. v. Herbert, et al.
Trump’s Refugee & Muslim Ban
Pars Equality Center, et al. v. Pompeo, et al. (challenging waiver provision of Muslim Ban 3.0)
Jewish Family Service of Seattle, et al. v. Trump, et al. (challenging Trump’s suspension of certain refugee admissions and the follow-to-join program)
P.K., et al. v. Tillerson, et al. (challenging U.S. State Department’s refusal to process Diversity Visa applications)
International Refugee Assistance Project, et al. v. Donald Trump, et al. (challenging exec. order as violation of Establishment & Equal Protection clauses)
Hameed Khalid Darweesh, et al. v. Donald Trump, et al. (requesting stay of removal of refugees and immigrants affected by exec. order of Jan. 27, 2017)
Unjust Visa Denial by U.S. State Department
Villada Garibay, et al. v. U.S. State Dept., et al. (granted a provisional unlawful presence waiver, plaintiff was unjustly denied permanent resident visa by consular officials)
Challenge to Community Trust Laws (not litigated by NILC)
United States v. California: Amicus Briefs Submitted (U.S. challenge to California’s “sanctuary”/community trust laws)
Challenges to Immigration Enforcement by Local Authorities (not litigated by NILC)
United States v. Alabama
United States v. Arizona
Villas at Parkside Partners v. City of Farmers Branch (challenge to ordinance restricting immigrants’ access to housing based on immigration status)
Challenge to Louisiana Anti-Immigrant Law
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