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Representing Asylum Seekers Training 7/13/2018

On July 13, 2018 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, NIJC will host a training for pro bono attorneys interested in representing asylum seekers – including immigrant children and detained immigrants – before the asylum office and the immigration court.  New associates are particularly encouraged to attend.  Illinois CLE credit will be available, but space is limited!

 

ICE has already missed two detention reporting deadlines set by Congress in March

Joint statement by the American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Detention Watch Network, Human Rights Watch, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Open the Government, Project On Government Oversight, Women’s Refugee Commission

Washington, D.C.— Civil society organizations across the country are calling on congressional appropriators to hold U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) accountable for violations of congressionally imposed transparency obligations in the ever-expanding immigration detention system.

In March, as Congress passed its spending bill for fiscal year 2018, it placed new public reporting obligations on ICE regarding its detention system. Ten immigrant and civil rights organizations formally highlighted these new obligations in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and acting ICE Director Tom Homan, assuring agency leadership that civil society is watching them closely.

In the past two weeks ICE has faced the first two deadlines among these obligations and has missed both:

  1. ICE failed to publicly post a facilities list containing basic information regarding the jails it uses and their locations and demographic populations, as required by Congress on a monthly basis. ICE was due to publish this document on April 23rd, one month after passage of the appropriations bill.
  2. ICE failed to meet its May 10 deadline to investigate and publish its review of the tragic April 10th death of Mr. Gourgen Mirimanian at a detention center in Texas. Congress’s new reporting requirements oblige the agency to publish a review within 30 days of an in-custody death.

Never has there been a greater need for transparency in the immigration detention system. ICE’s patchwork system of more than 200 jails has long been riddled with abuses, failures of oversight, neglect so severe as to lead to deaths, and endemic sexual violence. DHS’s own internal watchdog agency recently released a report finding the treatment and care at ICE facilities so lacking as to “undermine the protection of detainees’ rights, their humane treatment, and the provision of a safe and healthy environment.” In recent months the administration has unleashed a string of new policies that funnel increasingly vulnerable populations into this broken system. These policies include the intentional jailing of more pregnant women and the unapologetic separation of mothers and fathers from their children, sending them into ICE custody after they are criminally prosecuted for the act of migration.


We call on appropriators to hold ICE accountable and insist the agency meet these congressionally mandated transparency requirements.  
 

 

 

NIJC Condemns Attorney General’s Unilateral Decision to Eliminate Access to “Administrative Closure” for Immigration Judges and Immigrants

CHICAGO- Attorney General Jeff Sessions today reversed decades of U.S. immigration court precedent by eliminating “administrative closure,” a tool the federal government and immigration attorneys frequently use to relieve overloaded immigration court dockets by removing cases for individuals who have applications pending for some form of relief, or whose cases can be resolved by some other means. 

National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) Director of Litigation Chuck Roth offered the following response to the ruling:

“The Attorney General has one agenda with this unnecessary ruling – to reduce immigration judges to deportation machines. This move will inevitably slow the adjudication of people’s immigration claims in the severely backlogged court system, not speed them up. When people seeking immigration relief are facing a five-year wait to see a judge, it is ridiculous to force judges to hear cases for others who already have applications for legal relief pending before another branch of the government. Today’s ruling goes well beyond what either party in this case sought, and further reveals the Attorney General’s radical anti-immigrant colors.”

NIJC calls on Congress to take steps toward establishment of an independent Article I immigration court system. Until such a system is in place, we call on Congress to engage in robust oversight of the Department of Justice to reverse its unacceptable incursions on the court system’s integrity.
 

DACA Renewal Clinic 06/15/2018

During this free legal clinic, private attorneys from Chicago's top law firms will join with the National Immigrant Justice Center to complete and file applications for qualified individuals to RENEW their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Registration must be completed as soon as possible.  For more information about updates to the DACA program, refer to our community advisory

Kalamazoo Gazette: New Jail for Hundreds of ICE Detainees Could be Built in Michigan

The Kalamazoo Gazette did an investigation into a proposed ICE immigration jail in Michigan. According to reports obtained from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Gazette, Calhoun County has submitted plans for a temporary 250-bed facility to later be replaced by a 300-bed permanent facility. NIJC's Claudia Valenzuela spoke to the paper about the troubling expansion of the immigration detention system. Read the entire story

DACA Renewal Clinic 06/26/2018

During this free legal clinic, private attorneys from Chicago's top law firms will join with the National Immigrant Justice Center to complete and file applications for qualified individuals to RENEW their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Registration must be completed as soon as possible.  For more information about updates to the DACA program, refer to our community advisory

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