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)
Immigration Enforcement–related Rights Information
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)
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)
Unaccompanied Children and Health Care (PDF)
Campus Safe Zones
Model Campus Safe Zones Resolution Language: K–12
Model Campus Safe Zones Resolution Language: Colleges & Universities
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)
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
PEP — Priority Enforcement Program
Why ‘PEP’ Doesn’t Fix S-Comm’s Failings
INFOGRAPHIC: Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Proposed Implementation of PEP (PDF)
Secure Communities, 287(g), and Related Programs
Overview of the Key ICE ACCESS Programs: 287(g), the Criminal Alien Program, and Secure Communities (PDF)
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.
Detention and Removal
Jane Doe #1, et al. v. Jeh Johnson, et al. (detention conditions in Border Patrol facilities)
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)
Related Cases (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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