National Immigration Project Launches the Annual Elisabeth S. “Lisa” Brodyaga Award

May 6, 2021 – Globally Recognized Advocate and Practitioner, Elora Mukherjee, Selected as Inaugural Honoree. The National Immigration Project is pleased to announce the launch of the Annual Elisabeth S. “Lisa” Brodyaga Award to honor one of its members for their outstanding work for immigrant rights.
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New Report Shows Egregious Failure to Redress Complaints Against ICE and CBP

April 27, 2021 – A new report by the National Immigration Project, Complaints Ignored, Abuses Excused: Why the Department of Homeland Security’s Internal Accountability Mechanisms Must Be Reformed, sheds light on the lack of oversight and accountability across the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agencies, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Through summaries of often long-pending complaints detailing medical neglect, retaliation, inhumane use of solitary or quarantine confinement, and much more, the report reveals the agencies’ unchecked abuse and misconduct.
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NIPNLG: We Will See True Justice for George Floyd when the Racist Carceral and Policing Systems are Abolished

April 21, 2021 – Almost one year ago, people from every corner of the country took to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd after witnessing his murder by a Minneapolis police officer. Today, as former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty, we acknowledge that while accountability is critical, it is only a small step in the long fight for justice.
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Aggravated Felonies and the Harmful Exclusion of People from Immigration Relief

April 21, 2021 – During the failed “tough on crime” policies of the 1990s, and as part of the misguided and racist War on Drugs, Congress labeled a long list of crimes, many of which are not even felonies under state law, “aggravated felonies” for immigration purposes. People convicted of these crimes are subject to the harshest immigration consequences, including mandatory detention, exclusion from most forms of immigration relief, and deportation without a hearing in some cases.
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NIPNLG to Honor Member Elora Mukherjee

April 14, 2021 – Each year, NIPNLG honors one of its members doing outstanding work for immigrant rights. This year, we are thrilled to honor Elora Mukherjee! Elora is a globally recognized advocate, practitioner, and voice for immigrant rights. As founding director of Columbia Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and Jerome L. Greene Clinical Professor of Law, her eyewitness accounts of the inhumane treatment of children along the Mexico-U.S. border in 2019 sparked national and international outrage. She was invited to testify before Congress, where she detailed the harm children were suffering.

Please join us for a FREE online Happy Hour in Elora’s honor on June 11, 2021 at 6:00pm ET (during the 2021 AILA Virtual Annual Conference on Immigration Law). All are welcome! Honor Elora with a personal message, and celebrate her – and all our – work fighting to advance immigrant rights and racial justice. Fun, festivities, camaraderie, and some special surprises.
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Immigrant Rights Advocates Release Report of Never Before Seen Government Data on Temporary Protected Status

March 31, 2021 – Immigrant advocates introduced a report today containing brand new, state-by-state data on people living in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Nearly a year after advocates from the Temporary Protected Status Advocacy Working Group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, followed by litigation from the National Immigration Project at the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG), Alianza Americas, the Catholic Immigration Network (CLINIC) and members of the National TPS Alliance, the government finally released records about to the Trump administration’s termination of TPS for hundreds of thousands of individuals.
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160 Organizations Call on White House, DHS to Implement a Meaningful Case Review Process for 14,000 People at Risk in Immigrant Detention

March 29, 2021 – Today, 160 immigrant rights and legal services organizations called on the Biden administration to implement an effective case review process to consider the release of nearly 14,000 people who remain in immigration detention, at grave risk of contracting COVID-19, more than a year into the pandemic.
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New Practice Advisories – Advocating for Clients under the Biden Administration’s Interim Enforcement Priorities

March 24, 2021 – DHS enforcement priorities have changed under the Biden administration, opening new opportunities to defend your clients from arrest, detention, and deportation. Two new practice advisories from the NIPNLG, ILRC, and IDP provide immigration and criminal defense practitioners with an explanation of the new policies, and what they can do to use DHS’s guidance in defending their clients.
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Practice Alert: Overview of Pereida v. Wilkinson for Immigration and Criminal Defense Counsel

March 10, 2021 – The Supreme Court issued Pereida v. Wilkinson, an opinion damaging to noncitizens with past criminal convictions who intend or need to seek relief in removal proceedings. The decision creates a national rule concerning the impact of inconclusive criminal court plea and conviction documents for noncitizens applying for relief from removal in immigration proceedings, specifically in cases where the modified categorical approach applies. requirement.
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H.R. 6 - The Dream and Promise Act of 2021 Bars to Receiving Status

March 9, 2021 – H.R. 6 would create a pathway to citizenship for people who came to the United States before January 1, 2021, who were 18 or under when they arrived, who have stayed in the United States since they arrived, and who meet an additional education, work, or military service requirement.
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We Cannot Celebrate a Bill that Perpetuates the Criminalization of our Communities

March 3, 2021 – “Instead of bold and courageous leadership on legalization, legislators have chosen to turn their backs on those who are most harmed by the immigration system. And they did so behind closed doors, without any transparency or accountability to the people they represent.”
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US Citizenship Act of 2021: Primers on Crim-Imm and Enforcement, and Due Process Provisions

February 19, 2021 – The National Immigration Project has put together two brief primers on provisions of the US Citizenship Act of 2021 (the Biden immigration bill) related to crimes, waivers, and due process in immigration court.
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Community FAQ: February 18 ICE Enforcement Memo

February 19, 2021 – The new memo creates additional “priorities” for removal; allows ICE officers to arrest and deport people who fall into these “priorities” without prior approval; and undoes the “pause” on removals from the January 20 memo. However, the memo is clear that it is only an interim memo and that the DHS Secretary will publish new rules for ICE officers, likely within 90 days. There is still a window to push for better rules.
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New Fact Sheet Outlines Evidence of Arlington County Police Collaboration with Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency

February 11, 2021 – Virginia-based migrants rights organization, La ColectiVA and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild released a fact sheet this week outlining the ways in which Arlington County police agencies collaborate with ICE.
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279 organizations Call for a Clean Dream & Promise Act with No New Criminal Bars

February 8, 2021 – Today 279 organizations delivered a letter to Congresswoman Roybal-Allard and Congresswoman Lofgren asking for a clean Dream & Promise Act that does not leave members of our communities behind.
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Advocates Send Open Letter to the Biden White House

February 1, 2021 – As deportations in recent days have raised concerns about the Biden administration’s plan to implement policy changes amid ongoing ICE-led deportations, immigrant rights organizations sent the following open letter today to the administration.
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NIPNLG is Hiring a Communications Manager

January 28, 2021 – The Communications Manager is a new position that will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and with other staff to ensure sophisticated and impactful strategic communications to advance NIPNLG’s mission.
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Effects of Court Order Blocking Deporation Moratorium

January 27, 2021 – On January 26, a judge in Texas issued a TRO against the 100-Day Moratorium on Deportations and Enforcement Priorities. Here are the key things to know about what the TRO does and does not do.
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Amid Outrageous Ruling by Texas Judge Blocking Deportation Moratorium, Groups Hail Reintroduction of #NewWayForward Act to End Criminalization of Immigrants

January 26, 2021 – Backed by over 300 Organizations including NIPNLG, Bill Offers Blueprint for Policy Rooted in Compassion, Fairness; Would Root Out Systemic Racism from Immigration Laws. Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Pramila Jayapal, (WA-07), and Karen Bass (CA-37) reintroduced the New Way Forward Act, a crucial piece of legislation that seeks to write entrenched racism out of U.S. immigration laws.
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Last Petitioner in Georgia Gynecological Abuse Class Action Secures Release from ICE Custody

January 22, 2021 – Georgia immigrant rights groups and coalitions along with legal support have released a statement concerning the last survivor of Dr. Amin’s patients released from ICE custody the afternoon of 1.22.2021.
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Know Your Rights for DC Curfew

January 17, 2021 – After Trump supporters and far-right insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, Mayor Bowser of Washington DC declared a state of public emergency, which included a curfew extending from 6pm on January 6, 2021 to 6am on January 7, 2021 for all persons in the District. The Mayor has extended the public emergency through January 21, 2021, which would allow her to again impose a curfew at any time during that period.
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Q&A: Potential Implications of the Presidential Memorandum on Inadmissibility of Persons Affiliated with Antifa Based on Organized Criminal Activity

January 12, 2021 – Given that the Trump administration is coming to a close and the fact that this Memo will have no legal effect absent further action by the Secretary of State, we do not expect the Memo to have any immediate effect on immigration law. Nevertheless, we created this short FAQ to clarify the potential implications were the Secretary of State to take action.
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Holding Federal Agencies Accountable: Administrative Complaints Project

January 9, 2021 – NIPNLG is currently compiling both formal and informal complaints from immigration advocates and attorneys. In order to support efforts to submit administrative complaints, NIPNLG will be hosting a panel on January 15, 2021 at noon ET with experts who can answer questions about how to put together such complaints and what types of issues might qualify. We will circulate an invitation by email soon.
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NIPNLG Submits Public Comment on New Proposed Rules Governing Motions to Reopen & Reconsider

On December 28, 2020, NIPNLG submitted a public comment opposing new Proposed Rules on Motions to Reopen and Reconsider; Effect of Departure; and Stay of Removal. The comment urges the Department of Justice to withdraw the proposed rule in its entirety. The rule strips important due process rights from noncitizens appearing before the immigration court and the Board of Immigration Appeals and will have devastating effects on the ability of noncitizens to seek reopening and reconsideration of their cases.
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Oldaker v. Giles

December 21, 2020 – NIPNLG and its partners filed litigation on behalf of fourteen women who suffered medical abuse at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. More than 40 women filed sworn testimony in court revealing a relentless pattern of unnecessary and non-consensual medical surgeries, including a pattern of unwanted gynecological procedures.
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2020 Year in Review

December 2, 2020 – NIPNLG is pleased to release its 2020 Year In Review, detailing some of the challenges faced and work accomplished with your support. Read Litigation Spotlights, Client Stories, the NIPNLG 2020 At a Glance, 2019 Finances, and our Donors and Sponsors, to whom we are enormously grateful.
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BREAKING: Judge Stops Trump Administration Efforts to Bar More from Asylum

November 19, 2020 – Just One Day Before They Were Slated to Go Into Effect, Federal Judge Enjoins Broad Rules that Would Have Vastly Expanded Categorical Bars to Asylum. On Thursday, a federal judge in the Northern District of California issued a nationwide injunction against the Trump Administration's new rule that would have dramatically restricted asylum eligibility for asylum seekers convicted of low-level offenses and even people who are not convicted of a crime. The changes were scheduled to go into effect on Friday.
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The Undocumented Lawyer: Film Screening to Benefit NIPNLG

November 12, 2020 – On Wed. Dec. 2nd at 6pm ET, NIPNLG will host a one-hour discussion of the 20-min. film, The Undocumented Lawyer in partnership with Optimist Films. When you buy a $12 ticket, you will be able to stream the film at your leisure between Nov. 26th-Dec 2nd. Then join a Live zoom Q&A on Wed. Dec. 2nd at 6pm ET with the filmmaker and Lizbeth Mateo, the attorney profiled in the film, moderated by DACAmented attorney and NIPNLG board member, Luis Cortes Romero. Plus, 50% of ticket sales supports NIPNLG (and 100% of your tax-deductible donation supports us as always). We hope to see you at this exciting event!
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Practice Alert: Protecting the Materiality Requirement in False Citizenship Claim Cases Outside the Eleventh Circuit

November 12, 2020 – In August, the Eleventh Circuit issued Patel v. U.S. Attorney Gen., a decision that included two holdings adverse to immigrants. The court’s first holding expanded the reach of the jurisdiction-stripping provision at section 242(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the “INA”), 8 U.S.C. § 1252(a)(2)(B)(i), which covers “judgments” relating to certain forms of immigration relief. This Practice Alert addresses Patel’s second holding: that false claims to U.S. citizenship render noncitizens removable even if the claim had no possible impact on the decision or application at issue – that is, even if the false citizenship claim is immaterial.
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Immigration Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Efforts to Bar More from Asylum

November 2, 2020 – The Trump Administration’s new criminal bars to asylum will dramatically reduce the availability of asylum to people fleeing persecution and further their criminalization. The unprecedented expansion of these categorical bars rely on racially biased policing practices and prosecutions, are vague and sweeping, and contradict the INA’s plain language and the United States’ international commitments.
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CREW, NIPNLG and Project South Sue ICE over Forced Sterilization Records

October 29, 2020 – CREW, NIPNLG and Project South are suing US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for failing to turn over records of non-consensual medical procedures performed on individuals in ICE custody, including gynecological procedures that could result in sterilization or diminished fertility. The public needs a full accounting of any violations of the bodily autonomy and reproductive rights of people in ICE detention. CREW, NIPNLG and Project South previously commenced separate FOIA investigations requesting records about these issues. ICE has failed to respond to either request.
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Lawsuit Targets Trump Administration Policy That Has Trapped Tens of Thousands of Asylum Seekers in Mexico

October 28, 2020 – NIPNLG, in conjuction with other immigration advocates, filed a new lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which has forced over 60,000 asylum seekers into precarious, life-threatening situations in Mexico and deprived them of access to legal assistance and other tools needed to meaningfully present their asylum claims. The lawsuit, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, et al. v. Wolf, seeks to block the continued implementation of the policy while hearings are suspended, facilitate the return of individual asylum-seeking plaintiffs so they can pursue their claims from inside the United States
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Ache v. Witte: Medically-Vulnerable People in Immigration Detention in Louisiana Seek Urgent Release Amid COVID-19 Uptick

October 9, 2020 – 13 medically-vulnerable people held in immigration detention in Louisiana filed an urgent request for release due to their high risk of life-threatening COVID-19 infection. Numerous courts around the country have recognized the heightened risk of COVID-19 posed by large detained populations and ordered the release of many of those at heightened risk of severe illness. The filing seeks release from the Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center (PPIPC) in Pine Prairie, Louisiana and the LaSalle Ice Processing Center (LIPC) in Jena, Louisiana.
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Gonzalez Morales v. Gillis (Southern District of Mississippi)

October 8, 2020 – Even several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, immigration detention facilities remain breeding grounds for the disease. Immigration detention for vulnerable individuals has become a potential death sentence. This litigation on behalf of four medically vulnerable immigrants detained in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Mississippi seeks their immediate release from civil immigration detention.
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A Message from Board Chair, Carlos Moctezuma García

October 1, 2020 – Otay Mesa. Etowah. Farmville. Berks. Aurora. Howard. Pine Prairie. These are just some of the jails where men, women, and children are detained, sometimes for years, while going through their immigration proceedings. ICE continues to detain members of our community en masse and for petty reasons. The harsh and inhumane laws targeting people of color are in full effect along the border leaving families devastated, communities broken, and employers without employees.
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NIPNLG Submits Comments Opposing Proposed Procedures for Appellate Procedures and Decisional Finality

September 25, 2020 – NIPNLG with IJN submits Public Comment Opposing Proposed Rules on Appellate Procedures and Decisional Finality in Immigration Proceedings; Administrative Closure. We urge the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) to withdraw the proposed rule in its entirety, as it strips important due process rights from noncitizens appearing before the immigration court and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA or Board).
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Groups File FOIA Request to Demand Transparency and Accountability for Medical Abuse of People at ICE Detention Facilities

September 22, 2020 – Project South and NIPNLG Seek Records on Non-Consensual Hysterectomies and Other Invasive Medical Procedures. “The deeply upsetting reports of these involuntary procedures are representative of the ongoing harm to immigrants in detention nationwide,” said Sr. Staff Attorney, Cristina Velez.
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NIPNLG Announces Recipients of the 2020 Carol W. King and Daniel Levy Awards

August 28, 2020 – NIPNLG will honor Michael J. Wishnie with the 2020 Carol Weiss King Award and UndocuBlack Network with the 2020 Daniel Levy Award.
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NEW Practice Alert: Matter of Reyes

August 27, 2020 – The U.S. Attorney General recently published Matter of Reyes, which seeks to establish a new theory of removability that departs from the Supreme Court’s mandated strict categorical approach. This practice alert provides a summary of the decision and lists key practice tips for immigration practitioners and criminal defense attorneys representing noncitizens in criminal and immigration cases. These tips focus on challenging the correctness of the AG’s new theory of removability.
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Judge Orders ICE to Stop all Transfers into Farmville

August 11, 2020 — Judge Brinkema ordered ICE to stop all transfers into Farmville, and ordered the facility to allow plaintiffs and their expert to get access to the results of a CDC inspection the facility is currently undergoing. There will be a follow-up hearing to determine next steps on Monday.
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Mourning the Death of James Hill from COVID Contracted while Detained by ICE at the ICA-Farmville in Virginia

August 7, 2020 — Despite being high-risk of death from COVID-19 due to his age, James Hill had been detained at ICA-Farmville between April and July of this year, as the global pandemic spread like wildfire in ICE facilities across the country. He was supposed to return home to Canada on July 9th, but fell ill and was hospitalized days before his flight. On Wednesday night, he lost his fight against COVID and became the 17th person to die in ICE custody this fiscal year.
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U.S. Government v. Perez-Paz

July 28, 2020 — This brief provides context clarifying why the use of prior removal orders as an element of a criminal offense is especially troubling by highlighting the severe lack of procedural protections in removal proceedings.
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NIPNLG Submits Comments Opposing Proposed Procedures for Asylum and Withholding of Removal; Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Review, as part of the Immigrant Justice Network

July 28, 2020 — On July 15, 2020, NIPNLG and its partners in the Immigrant Justice Network submitted comments strenuously opposing the Trump administration's proposal to amend the regulations pertaining to procedures and standards for adjudicating credible fear screenings in expedited removal proceedings and applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).
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“No One Should be Caged for Being Poor”: NIPNLG Honors Linus Chan

July 22, 2020 — Linus is an immigration attorney and advocate who has spent years defending detained immigrants in removal proceedings. Most recently, he was instrumental to the inclusion of immigration in the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a criminal bail and immigration bond fund.
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Detained Immigrants Sue ICA-Farmville for COVID-19 Response as Over 80% of Facility Tests Positive: Santos Garcia et al v. Wolf et al

July 22, 2020 — COVID-19 is running rampant across ICA-Farmville, a private detention facility in Farmville, VA, with over 80% of the detained population testing positive. This suit is filed on behalf of four people who are detained by ICE in ICA-Farmville, who are being denied their right to safety, medical care, and adequate food while detained. NIPNLG filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia along with Gibson, Dunn Crutcher LLP and the Legal Aid Justice Center.
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Immigrant Rights Advocates File Lawsuit to Shed Light on Terminations of Temporary Protected Status

July 13, 2020 —bvImmigrant rights advocates filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on Friday, July 10, 2020 to compel the release of records related to the Trump administration’s termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of individuals.
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Practice Alert Proposed Criminal Bars to Asylum: Intersection with New and Proposed Asylum Regulations

July 9, 2020 — In this practice alert, we summarize the proposed changes to the particularly serious crime (PSC) definition and identify the potential impact of the expanded PSC bar on applicants for asylum and employment authorization. Appendix A highlights the intersection of each of the rules with the PSC bar.
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