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  • May 3, 2012
    April 22, 2009  The issue in Nken v. Holder, as stated in the Question Presented, was the proper standard for deciding whether to stay removal for a person challenging a removal order.  On that point, the Supreme Court decided 7-2 (over a dissent by Justices Alito and Thomas) to reject a…
  • In Granados Gaitan v. Holder, NIJC filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in support of Mr. Gaitan’s petition for rehearing.  Mr. Gaitan is an asylum seeker from El Salvador.  In El Salvador, MS-13 members attempted to recruit him, and threatened him and…
  • October 18, 2012
    NIJC filed an amicus brief before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of Francisco Garfias Rodriguez, a Mexican man whose removal order based on the INA § 212(a)(9)(C) permanent bar was sustained by the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) despite the fact that he is married to a…
  • In Henriquez-Rivas v. Holder, NIJC filed an amicus brief in support of Ms. Henriquez-Rivas, an asylum-seeker from El Salvador.  When Ms. Henriquez-Rivas was twelve years old, she witnessed members of Mara Salvatrucha (“MS”) kill her father.   She then testified in court against three…
  • February 19, 2013
    In Supreme Court Case Chaidez v. United States, NIJC Argues that Immigrants’ Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel Existed Pre-Padilla Issue: When a noncitizen is charged with a criminal offense, it can have far-reaching consequences for them and their families.  Minor offenses, even…
  • NIJC, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and pro bono partner Jenner & Block LLP filed a brief as Amicus in Arizona, et al., v. United States of America at the U.S. Supreme Court.  The case is an appeal by the State of Arizona from a decision of the United States Court of…
  • January 29, 2012
    NIJC filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to obtain information clarifying the circumstances of thousands of immigrant children who may have been unlawfully detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Data released to NIJC under the Freedom of Information…
  • March 27, 2012
    In Vartelas v. Holder, the Court considered whether the 1996 law changes retroactively affected the ability of lawful permanent residents to make brief visits abroad. Prior to the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA), permanent residents could make brief trips…
  • May 20, 2012
    Represented by Sidley Austin LLP and Northwestern Law School, NIJC filed an amicus brief at the United States Supreme Court arguing against excessive deference being given to the Board of Immigration Appeals. The brief argued that the Supreme Court should reject the Board's aggressive assertion of…
  • April 17, 2012
    The case of Demiraj v. Holder involves a family of Albanians who fear persecution by a human trafficker, Bill Bedini. Edmond Demiraj was slated to testify against the trafficker, who escaped and fled. Mr. Demiraj was eventually deported to Albania, where he was kidnapped, beaten, and shot by Bedini…