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Fight Fear With Facts, NILC Urges As Trump Public Charge Policy Takes Effect

WASHINGTON February 24, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today began implementing the Trump administration’s new “public charge” regulation, a cornerstone of the administration’s attempts to redefine the U.S. immigration system to disenfranchise communities of color and favor the wealthy. The new policy dramatically alters the criteria used in adjudicating applications for lawful […]

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Trump administration announces the end of the transformative DACA program

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2017 — Today the Trump administration announced the rescission of the transformative DACA program, which for over five years has successfully allowed close to 800,000 immigrant youth to pursue their full potential and contribute more fully to their communities. President Trump decided to end the program despite repeatedly telling immigrant youth not […]

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State Immigration Detainer Enforcement is Unlawful, Says Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

BOSTON, MA (July 24, 2017) – Today, in another legal blow to U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s (ICE) use of immigration detainers, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided that police or judicial authorities’ practice of holding people pursuant to federal immigration detainers violates Massachusetts law. This decisions means that ICE can no longer lawfully ask […]

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Statement from Montes Attorneys on DHS Claim That He Voluntarily Abandoned His DACA Status

LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today said in statements to the media that Juan Manuel Montes, a young immigrant who was physically deported despite having permission to live and work in the U.S. temporarily under DACA, left the country without first making arrangements that would have preserved his […]

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State-by-State Interactive: How Much Federal Funding Sanctuary Cities Could Lose at the Hands Trump Administration

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2017 — In an executive order issued on January 25, President Donald Trump directed the Office of Management and Budget to compile a list of federal funds given to sanctuary jurisdictions. Though it does not specifically list what sources of funding are at risk, the order also directed the U.S. attorney general […]

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Kamal Essaheb: Stray sentences in prepared remarks are of little comfort to the children of those already deported under the Trump administration

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2017 — In President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress this evening, he sketched out his policy agenda for the coming year. Included in his list of policy priorities was mention of a need to come to some sort of compromise on immigration. This policy proposal comes mere […]

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Immigrant and Civil Rights Groups Challenge Arizona Law Denying Driver’s Licenses to Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Immigrants

PHOENIX, Sept. 13, 2016 — Immigrant and civil rights groups have filed a legal challenge to Arizona’s policy of denying certain lawfully present immigrants access to driver’s licenses. The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and the Ortega Law Firm filed a federal class-action lawsuit in Phoenix […]

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Court Orders Release of Graphic Photos of Arizona Border Patrol Detention Facilities and Damning Expert Witness Testimony

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18, 2016 — Today, groups made public damning evidence, including expert testimony and video stills illustrating the deplorable and unconstitutional conditions detained individuals are subjected to in Border Patrol custody in the agency’s Tucson Sector. The court rejected the Border Patrol’s effort to conceal evidence of inhumane and abusive detention practices from […]