Advisory: Trump Considers Targeting Muslims for Special Registration: Q&A

special registration separates familiesTrump Has Not Yet Revived NSEERS. While there are rumors that the Trump Administration may revitalize NSEERS (National Security Entry/Exit Registration System), there is no Special Requirement currently in place. Preliminary Q&A below.

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Report: Abuse, Neglect Common at Immigrant Detention Centers in South

report cover shadow prison southTrump Deportation Plan Would Worsen Detention Center Failures. Investigation finds detainees are routinely denied due process, and frequently endure inhumane conditions in isolated facilities that have little oversight from the federal government.

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Harsh Treatment of Immigrant Youth Exposes an Unjust System

paromita shahParomita Shah writes in the Huffington Post, "Imagine how terrified you would be if your loved one went missing with no trace. Such tactics are not only degrading and dehumanizing. They are cruel. And now they are a way of life in North Carolina and Georgia." Read the blog »

Settle Lawsuit Challenging Failure of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Timely Respond to FOIA Requests

trinaIn accordance with a settlement reached by the parties, a federal district court dismissed a class action lawsuit which challenged U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to timely respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The suit was filed in 2015 by five immigration attorneys and 13 noncitizens, all of whom had filed FOIA requests that had been pending between 7 and 24 months—significantly longer than the 20-business day period set by law for an agency to respond to a FOIA request.

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Read the article, "CBP Settles FOIA Fight with Immigration Attorneys, Noncitizens" by Kelly Knaub

The National Immigration Project applauds the Tenth Circuit’s decision in Golicov v. Lynch

sejalIt is the fourth federal appellate court that has ruled in favor of due process and fair notice for immigrants, joining the Ninth, Sixth, and Seventh Circuit courts. The National Immigration Project has been working to challenge this particular statutory provision for many years because of its vague language and inconsistent application. We have witnessed the confusion and uncertainty caused by 16(b) both for noncitizen defendants as they try to determine the immigration consequences of their pleas, and for fact-finders who try to apply its nebulous provision. Today's decision reinforces the principal that every noncitizen facing removal should be guaranteed a consistent application of the laws and a judicially fair process. The case was argued by Skyler Anderson, with the National Immigration Project as amicus.
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Community Members Urge Dept. of Homeland Security to Release Crucial Document on Systemic Civil Rights Violations at Etowah County Immigrant Detention Center

shut down etowah signage (September 8, 2016) NIPNLG and civic, faith, immigrants’ rights activists gathered to announce the filing of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for a key document issued by the Department of Homeland Security/DHS’s civil rights watchdog office calling for the closure of the infamous Etowah immigrant detention center in Gadsden, Alabama.

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North Carolina Youth Wildin Acosta and Alexander Soriano Released From Detention

north carolina(August 18, 2016) NIPNLG celebrates the release of two North Carolina teens and calls for ICE to release other incarcerated youth.

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Lugo-Resendez v. Lynch: Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

(July 29, 2016) The American Immigration Council and NIPNLG applaud the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision yesterday in Lugo-Resendez v. Lynch. The decision strongly reaffirms the importance of immigrants’ statutory right to file a motion to reopen, a procedural protection meant to ensure a proper and lawful outcome in an immigration proceeding. Download the press release »

DHS Supplementary Guidance on Sensitive Locations Fails to Address Aggressive Raids

(July 26, 2016) NIPNLG Calls on DHS Secretary Johnson to Release Wildin Acosta and Other Raid Victims. Download the press release »

Victory in Fifth Circuit, Gomez-Perez v. Lynch

(July 11, 2016) Fifth Circuit Agrees with NIPNLG Amicus Brief in Hermenegildo Gomez-Perez v. Loretta Lynch. Congrats to NIPNLG Legal Director Sejal Zota. Download the decision »

Victory in Sixth Circuit Opinion, Shuti v. Lynch

(July 7, 2016) The side supported by an NIPNLG amicus brief won in the Sixth Circuit in a published opinion, Shuti v. Lynch. 16(b) Crime of Violence was found unconstitutional. NIPNLG was amicus in this case. As the government presently tries to get the Supreme Court to review the decision in Dimaya, now there is no longer a circuit split. Read the decision here: http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov »

Honoring Debbie Smith on the Occasion of NIPNLG's 45th Anniversary Year

(June 24, 2016) Debbie is a much-loved attorney, advocate, and former NIPNLG board chair. She has been a principled advocate, mentor, and litigator for decades. Download the book honoring her »

Bond Set at $30,000 for Charlotte High School Student Arrested in ICE Raid

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(June 27, 2016) Family and Community Call on Release of North Carolina Youth Now Entering 6 Months of Incarceration. The Immigration Judge at Stewart Detention Center set the bond amount for Yefri at $30,000, a highly disproportionate and unnecessary amount to place on a high school student and his family. Unfortunately, this high bond amount comes at no surprise given that the Immigration Court in Georgia is one of the most anti-immigrant in the country. Download the press release »

Family and Community Supporters Travel to Stewart Detention Center to Attend Bond Hearing for Yefri Sorto Hernandez, Visit Wildin Acosta and Youth Detainees

(June 24, 2016) A bond hearing for Yefri Sorto Hernandez will be held on Monday, June 27th at Stewart Detention Center at 8:00AM. A judge will decide to either grant a bond to the 19-year old West Mecklenburg High School senior and allow him to return to his family, school and community in Charlotte or to deny his request for bond and sentence him to remain in jail indefinitely. Download the press release »

A Message from NIPNLG: SCOTUS Ruling U.S. v. Texas

(June 24, 2016) This week the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in U.S. v. Texas. While many of us anticipated this outcome, it still comes as a blow. But we know that the NIPNLG community is if anything resilient, and that now, as we always have done, we stand in solidarity with the nation's immigrants and immigrant famlies. Read the full letter »

Top Immigration, Education and Criminal Justice Experts to Hold Congressional Briefing on ICE Raids

(May 23, 2016) A Congressional briefing entitled, "ICE Raids on Immigrant Youth: The Harm to Youth Education and a Driver of Youth Incarceration," will be held Wednesday, May 25th at 3:00 in the Rayburn House Building, Room 2226. Download the press pelease »

NIPNLG Files Public Records Request to Expose Civil Rights Violations in ICE Program, "Operation Border Guardian"

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April 26, 2016 - NIPNLG filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on Operation Border Guardian, an Immigration and Customs (ICE) enforcement and detention program targeting Central American teenagers for deportation since January 2016. Since January, there has been widespread public attention and Congressional concern regarding the devastating impact of "Operation Border Guardian" on communities, families and schools particularly in North Carolina and Georgia. Read the press release »

NIPNLG Honors Debbie Smith at Annual Member Reception

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April 21, 2016 - Each year at the annual AILA convention (American Immigration Lawyers Association) NIPNLG recognizes a member of our community who has made outstanding contributions to the cause of immigrant justice. We are proud to announce our 2016 honoree on the occasion of NIPNLG's 45th Anniverary Year, Debbie Smith. More »

Nearly 100 South Asians Deported

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April 6, 2016 - NIPNLG is helping detainees file pro se prosecutorial discretion requests with some limited success. We’re pushing for others to be released as well. As Fahd Ahmed of DRUM says in this article (which also quotes Assoc Dir Paromita Shah): “The Obama administration just deported nearly 100 South Asian detainees who crossed three continents seeking safety in the US.” Read the full article on alternet »

As NC Teen Wildin Acosta Awaits Imminent Deportation, Community Announces Week of Actions Demanding Immediate Release

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For months, North Carolina families, teachers, students, and civil, labor and faith organizations have been fighting the detention and deportation of NC teenagers such as the imminent deportation of Wildin Acosta. While ICE Director Sarah Saldaña granted Wildin a stay of one more day to file his appeal, Wildin remains detained in Georgia and could be deported as early as tomorrow. Read the press release »

Administrative Complaint – Extreme Temperatures in CBP Short Term Detention Facilities

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February 2, 2016 - NIPNLG, in collaboration with Programa de Defensa e Incidencia Binacional and the ACLU of New Mexico, filed an administrative complaint on behalf of persons held by CBP in short-term detention facilities where they are exposed to extreme temperatures. The administrative complaint also challenges the agency standards addressing temperature controls in short-term facilities, but asserts that the agency fails to abide even by these standards. Download the complaint » [PDF]

Ongoing Litigation against CBP

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Check out some of the ongoing litigation efforts against CBP and get inspired to bring your own challenge at www.HoldCBPAccountable.org, a joint project of NIPNLG, the American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, and the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project.


  • Final judgment and settlement in Rios-Diaz, et al. v. Colonel Tom Butler, Montana Highway Patrol, et al. The settlement requires adherence to a new policy clarifying that Montana State’s Highway Patrol will not stop or prolong detention for purposes of verifying immigration status, even if requested to do so by CBP or ICE. In addition, the judgment also requires, among other things, training for MHP officials as to the new policy, requires MHA to collect data on all traffic stops anytime MHP contacts DHS and requires MHP to submit annual reports regarding racial profiling;
  • FTCA Administrative Complaint filed by Justice for Our Neighbors in Nebraska on behalf of U.S. citizen child who was arrested by CBP (even though she presented her valid U.S. birth certificate at the airport). She was first held in an “hielera” or icebox by CBP, before being transferred to ORR, which continued to hold her in custody for 44 days, before finally being released to family in Nebraska;
  • Administrative complaint to Office of Inspector General and the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of DHS filed against CBP on behalf of persons held by CBP in short-term detention facilities where they are exposed to extreme temperatures. The administrative complaint also challenges the agency standards addressing temperature controls in short-term facilities, but asserts that the agency fails to abide even by these standards. The complaint was filed by NIPNLG, in collaboration with Programa de Defensa e Incidencia Binacional and the ACLU of NM;
  • On February 4, 2016, after Plaintiffs accepted the settlement offer of $80,000.00, the parties stipulated to the dismissal of the FTCA action against CBP in Quinonez Flores v. USA, in the Eastern District of New York; the plaintiff in this case was held for three days in deplorable conditions in CBP detention (a “hielera”) in south Texas;
  • On January 4, 2016, Plaintiffs filed their opposition to the government’s motion to dismiss or in the alternative for summary judgment in Jacobson et al. v. DHS et al., a First Amendment case involving the right to photograph and monitor Border Patrol checkpoints;
  • On February 1, 2016, Plaintiffs filed their opposition to the government’s motion to dismiss their amended complaint in Askins et al. v. DHS et al., a First Amendment case involving the right to photograph at Ports of Entry;
  • Exciting developments in Doe v. CBP, the class action challenging overnight detention in “hieleras” within Border Patrol facilities throughout much of Arizona. The Court certified a class and denied Defendant’s motion to dismiss Plaintiffs’ constitutional claims, although it did dismiss the APA claims. Pending before the court are Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction; Defendants’ Motion to Seal much of the evidence filed (currently under seal) in support of preliminary injunction; and a motion by the newspaper, the Arizona Republic, to intervene for the purpose of opposing the sealing of this evidence.

Creative Strategies in Immigration Court Defense and Litigation

NIPNLG and the Immigration Clinic at University of Miami School of Law present Creative Strategies in Immigration Court Defense and Litigation, a one-day Continuing Legal Education skill-building seminar on April 29, 2016. Please join us and learn from national experts at this day-long seminar.

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Assoc. Dir. Paromita Shah Speaks out against Raids in the Washington Post

paromita shahJanuary 18, 2016 – “When President Obama stood up for the [Syrian] refu­gee program and stood up against the blanket racism directed at anyone who appeared to be Middle Eastern or Muslim, I think people were happy,” said Paromita Shah, associate director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. “But they can’t square it with what he is doing now....”

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Law Students! Magio Fellowship Deadline is Approaching

maggio logoThe Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship Program application deadline for our 2016 Summer Fellowship is Friday, February 1, 2016!

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You have Rights! Know Your Rights!

listings of how to protect yourselfJanuary 9, 2016 - Share these cards by printing them out, and/or sharing on social media. Help protect immigrant families from an abuse of their legal rights.

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Barbara Hines on Democracy Now!

January 8, 2015 - Check out NIPNLG board member Barbara Hines on Democracy Now! speaking out against raids in Dilley, Texas, as well as flawed immigration policy overall. Speak!

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Report Suspicious ICE Activity: NIPNLG Joins United We Dream Hotline

report suspicious ICE activityJanuary 5, 2016 – Report any suspicious ICE activity in your area.

We urge you to call (844) 363-1423 or text WATCHICE to 877877. Share the information to protect your community from detention and deportation!

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A Message from Executive Director, Dan Kesselbrenner

dan kesselbrennerEvery year at this time I try to savor the hard-won victories and learn from the setbacks, in order to make the National Immigration Project/NLG better able to respond to the enormous challenges facing our communities in the year ahead.

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Paromita Shah in al Jazeera America Article

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Gang or No Gang, Many Immigrants Legally Stymied by Injunctions

"A lot of different people can be in an area covered by a gang injunction,” said Paromita Shah, associate director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild in Washington, D.C. “A gang injunction is meant to bar conduct in an area so that people suspected of being gang members do not talk to one another. It could be based on age or whether they’re driving in the same car.”

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Sejal Zota Quoted in US Law Week Article on Dimaya and its Future

sejal zotaOctober 27, 2015 – In response to the victory we had a couple of weeks ago in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, many are wondering what the future of this decision will hold for us. Read the article to see what Sejal and others had to say »

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