On June 18, 2012, NIJC filed suit to obtain information regarding the government’s implementation of prosecutorial discretion guidelines and directives from January 1, 2010 until present. NIJC’s complaint was filed in the Northern District of Illinois, and has been assigned to the Honorable Gary Feinerman. The Honorable Maria Valdez has been designated as Magistrate Judge.
On June 17, 2011, ICE Director John Morton released a memorandum identifying criteria for classifying cases as “low-priority” for removal from the United States. NIJC filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) on October 20, 2011 and October 27, 2011 respectively, to obtain information regarding DOJ’s and DHS’s efforts to implement Director Morton’s memo. To date, NIJC has not received a substantive response.
NIJC is represented by pro bono attorneys James Klenk, Maria Domanskis, and Samuel Fifer of SNR Denton US LLP.