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NIPNLG and Partners Launch New Toolkit to Fight Detention and Deportation

October 25, 2018 – NIPNLG, together with the #ReleaseMN8 campaign, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), and the University of Minnesota James H. Binger Center of New Americans, today launches the Southeast Asian American Solidarity Toolkit: A Guide to Resisting Detentions and Deportations from the #ReleaseMN8 Campaign. This one-of-a-kind resource provides organizing, advocacy, and legal tools, tips, and resources to support families whose loved ones are facing detention and removal.
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New Report: Who's Behind ICE? The Tech Companies Fueling Deportations

October 25, 2018 – NIPNLG, Mijente, and the Immigrant Defense Project announce a new report that focuses on how tech companies and contracts are fueling immigration enforcement and highlights the long history of the technology industry’s “revolving door” relationship with federal agencies, how the technology industry and its products and services are now actually circumventing city- and state-level protections for vulnerable communities, and what we can do to expose and hold these actors accountable.

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Sessions v. Dimaya: U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Unconstitutional Statute, Fulfilling Due Process Rights for Noncitizens

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April 19, 2018 – The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision to stop the federal government from sweeping noncitizens unfairly into removal (deportation) proceedings under an enduring but constitutionally vague legal statute. That statute, known as 18 U.S.C. §16(b), according to the Court, fails to meet the minimum test for fairness and due process under the law, and was therefore struck down. Justice Neil Gorsuch cast the deciding vote.

berks countyAsylum-Seeking Families Detained at Berks Seek to Intervene in State Licensing Case

April 11, 2018 – Families and legal representatives say interests not adequately represented by state agency. The Berks prison is one of only three in the country in which immigrant parents and children are incarcerated together, and it is the only one that had a state-issued license to operate.

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Lawsuit Seeks Disclosure of Trump Policy Behind the Termination of Haitian TPS

haiti tps (January 25, 2018) National Immigration Project of the NLG and Professor Margaret Satterthwaite filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to obtain records documenting the reasons behind the government’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians – a decision that imperils the well-being of 58,000 Haitians and their families in the United States.

ICE Releases Man After 10 Months of Wrongful Detention

wilmer released with family (January 25, 2018) After more than 10 months in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center, Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez has been released and reunited with his family. ICE has also granted him the ability to remain in this country while his visa application is processed. Catalan-Ramirez’s detention was initially triggered when the Chicago Police Department (CPD) falsely included him in its Gang Database and then shared that false information with ICE.

NIPNLG and Partners Seek Temporary Restraining Order to Newest Version of Trump Administration’s “Muslim Ban”

ali v trump (March 10, 2017) This latest executive order is just the same as the last one but with a bit of artful legal drafting to try to withstand judicial scrutiny,” said Trina Realmuto, Litigation Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

Muslim Ban Unlawfully Targets U.S. Residents Seeking Citizenship and Immigration Status, Civil Rights Groups Sue

xenophobia(February 1, 2017) Civil and immigrant rights groups asked a federal court to lift the unconstitutional ban that blocks Muslim immigrants lawfully living in the United States from becoming U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and asylees, among other things.
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NIPNLG and Partners File Class Action Suit Challenging Trump Administration’s “Muslim Ban”

(January 30, 2017) NIPNLG along with the American Immigration Council, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed a nationwide, class action lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” on grounds that it violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law and statutory prohibition against discrimination.

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NIPNLG Secures Release of 9 Detainees in Dallas, TX Over Weekend

(January 30, 2017) Legal Director Sejal Zota, Board member Javier N. Maldonado, and Vinesh Patel took the case of Shahin Hassanpour, a 70-year old Iranian woman who received her U.S. immigrant visa in September, 2016; and who upon entry to the U.S., would have been granted lawful permanent residence.

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NIPNLG Denounces President Trump’s Discriminatory Executive Order

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(January 28, 2017) We denounce this Executive Order in the strongest of terms. History demonstrates that such policies and laws as the Chinese Exclusion Act, the so-called Japanese internment, the Palmer Raids, Operation W**back , and others, are in retrospect viewed as irreconcilable with the tenets of democracy.

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New York Times: Obama Administration Failing Moral Test on Immigration
Case of Detained Students Shows "Dark Side of Immigration Discretion"

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(April 20, 2016) The New York Times' editorial board turned to the on-going crisis in immigration enforcement, highlighting the cases of high school students raided by ICE. Julie Mao, Enforcement Fellow with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild said, “This editorial reflects the strong, national consensus that ICE should release these Georgia and North Carolina youth and end Operation Border Guardian, a misguided program which has caused deep upheaval and crisis in Latino communities and across school systems. It’s time that this Administration stop providing cover for ICE misconduct and start demanding accountability.”

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Accountability and Oversight in Immigration Enforcement Congressional Briefing

April 20, 2016 - Responsiveness to Congressional and Public Inquiries on Deportation and Detention Practices by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Presenters from North Carolina, Phoenix, Philadelphia as well as those working nationally will address questions of oversight and accountability of ICE officers, specifically when it comes to implementing DHS policies, and what resources communities have when ICE continues to act as a rogue agency.

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