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National Immigration Project Releases Immigration Policy Priorities for Congress and Biden Administration

September 16, 2021 – As Congress begins to return from summer recess and the Biden administration enters the final quarter of its first year in office, the National Immigration Project released a new policy brief, Transforming the Immigration System: The National Immigration Project's Priorities for Executive and Legislative Action.
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Rights Advocates Seek Relief for Thousands of Asylum Seekers Left Behind by Biden Administration Wind-down of Remain in Mexico Policy

August 16, 2021 – Immigration advocates filed an amended complaint in a class action lawsuit challenging the continuing effects of the "Remain in Mexico" policy on asylum-seeking individuals who remain stranded outside the United States and legal service providers seeking to represent them.
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Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights Coalition Send Open Letter to President Biden

August 4, 2021 – On August 4, 2021, the Until We Are Free table, led by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), sent an open letter to President Joseph Biden and his administration...
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NIPNLG Condemns ICE Director Nominee Ed Gonzalez' Comments During Senate Confirmation Hearing

July 16, 2021 – Following yesterday's Senate confirmation hearing for Ed Gonzalez, the Biden administration's nominee to become the next director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the National Immigration Project issued the following statement...
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We Are Home Campaign Leaders on Gonzalez Senate Confirmation Hearing to Oversee ICE

July 15, 2021 – On Thursday, July 15, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the confirmation of Ed Gonzalez as Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a key leadership position within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Gonzalez, the Sheriff of Harris County (which includes Houston) in Texas, was nominated by President Biden in April. The We Are Home campaign, a nationwide campaign to fight for immigrant communities, has made immediately cutting detention and deportation and overhauling the interior system priorities for the campaign. The following are statements by key leaders within the We Are Home campaign in advance of the Thursday hearing.
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Groups Sue Biden Administration To Halt Illegal Transfer of Detained Immigrants in New Jersey

June 30, 2021 – Today, the National Immigration Project, the national ACLU, and the ACLU of New Jersey launched a federal class-action lawsuit that seeks to immediately block the long-distance transfer of ICE detainees from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J...
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National Immigration Project: Our Communities Need Permanent, Bold, and Inclusive Relief

June 15, 2021 – On the nine-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the National Immigration Project released the following statement: Today, we join our communities and fellow advocates in celebrating and honoring the tremendous grassroots efforts that led to the creation of the DACA program and in calling on the Biden administration to deliver permanent protections to all immigrant community members - without exclusions...
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CREW, Project South and National Immigration Project release new ICE records on gynecological abuse

June 2, 2021 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement failed to properly monitor informed consent protocols used by a doctor accused of performing non-consensual gynecological procedures on women detained at Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, according to a new report published today by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the National Immigration Project and Project South.
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Civil Rights Groups Call on President Biden to Include Immigrants In Pardon Process

June 3, 2021 – Nearly 200 immigration, criminal justice, and civil rights organizations released a letter today urging the Biden administration to include immigrants in the pardon process, following news that the Biden administration is planning a process that focuses on racial equity.
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Biden's Budget Betrays Immigrants and Border Communities

May 28, 2021 – The Defund Hate campaign and immigrant rights groups who monitor technology surveillance programs expressed frustration after President Biden released a Fiscal Year 2022 budget request of $8.4 billion for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and $16.3 billion for Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The president's budget contradicts his commitments to help communities rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and pursue government policies that end racial inequities, and instead continues to direct billions of taxpayer dollars toward agencies and private prison corporations which have a nearly 20-year pattern of fiscal mismanagement, separating families, and violating people's civil and human rights.
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The Biden Administration Has Increased the Number of People in ICE Jails by 50% Since Taking Office

May 26, 2021 – Recently released data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows that the Biden Administration has increased by 50% the number of people in immigration detention since coming into office. The We Are Home campaign and partners are expressing growing alarm in response to the dramatic increase in detention.
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Immigrant Rights Advocates Release Report of Never Before Seen Government Data on Temporary Protected Status

March 31, 2021 – Immigrant advocates introduced a report today containing brand new, state-by-state data on people living in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Nearly a year after advocates from the Temporary Protected Status Advocacy Working Group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, followed by litigation from the National Immigration Project at the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG), Alianza Americas, the Catholic Immigration Network (CLINIC) and members of the National TPS Alliance, the government finally released records about to the Trump administration’s termination of TPS for hundreds of thousands of individuals.
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160 Organizations Call on White House, DHS to Implement a Meaningful Case Review Process for 14,000 People at Risk in Immigrant Detention

March 29, 2021 – Today, 160 immigrant rights and legal services organizations called on the Biden administration to implement an effective case review process to consider the release of nearly 14,000 people who remain in immigration detention, at grave risk of contracting COVID-19, more than a year into the pandemic.
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We Cannot Celebrate a Bill that Perpetuates the Criminalization of our Communities

March 3, 2021 – “Instead of bold and courageous leadership on legalization, legislators have chosen to turn their backs on those who are most harmed by the immigration system. And they did so behind closed doors, without any transparency or accountability to the people they represent.”
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