Immigrant Justice News

LatinoJustice joins Korematsu Center in filing District of Hawai`i amicus brief in State of Hawai`i and Ismail Elshikh v. Trump et al.

NEW YORK – LatinoJustice joined the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality (Korematsu Center), the children of litigants in the Japanese relocation and incarceration cases from World War II, civil rights organizations, and national bar associations of color in filing an amicus brief on March 10, 2017 in State of Hawai`i and Ismail Elshikh v. Trump et al., pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai`i. The brief supports a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s Executive Order 13780 (March 6, 2017), entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, which replaces Executive Order 13769 (January 27, 2017), of the same title.

156 Civil and Human Rights Groups Call for Stronger Response to Hate Incidents

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, LatinoJustice and 154 civil and human rights groups today called upon the Executive Branch to respond more quickly and forcefully to hate-based incidents, which have been occurring at an alarming rate in recent months. The statement follows:

LJP Update: Vigil for Immigrant Mom, Response to Miami Concerns regarding Federal Funding, and more

In this week's LJP Update you can find out more about why our legal team went to Baltimore in response to a possible ICE deportation as well as what we are doing to support activist who are working to reinstate Sanctuary Policies.

Preparing for Ice Raids in Trumps America

This power point was developed in March 2017 by Jackson Chin and Jose Perez of LatinoJustice for a webinar hosted by NYIC. This subject-matter will be of great concern for the unforeseeable future given the fear and panic sweeping the nation due to Trump’s Exec. Order and DHS Kelly directives to expand ICE’s enforcement and arrests.

Faith and Immigrant-Rights Advocates Held Vigil Outside of Maryland Mother of Four’s ICE Check-In

BALTIMORE (FEBRUARY 27, 2017) - Faith and immigrant-rights advocates will hold a vigil and press conference at 11 a.m. Monday, February 27, in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Baltimore office as we await the outcome of a decision that could rip a mother of four away from her family.

Faith and Immigrant Advocates Hold Vigil for Immigrant Mom

BALTIMORE (FEBRUARY 27, 2017) - Faith and immigrant-rights advocates will hold a vigil and press conference at 11 a.m. Monday, February 27, in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Baltimore office as we await the outcome of a decision that could rip a mother of four away from her family.

LatinoJustice PRLDEF Statement on the Detention of DREAMER Daniel Ramirez Medina

LatinoJustice PRLDEF denounces the detention by ICE of Daniel Ramirez Medina during a home raid at his father’s home in Seattle. All reports to date indicate that Mr. Ramirez Medina was detained unlawfully notwithstanding his having reported his DACA deferred action status and concurrent employment authorization.

Advocacy Groups and Legal Scholars: Miami-Dade County Immigration Jail Policy Will Not Lead to Loss of Federal Funding

Numerous legal scholars, and local advocacy groups urged the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners to uphold a county resolution that has saved millions of tax dollars and improved community relations with police by not requiring officers to detain people for immigration authorities in county jails. The resolution’s future has been imperiled by Mayor Carlos Giménez’s Jan. 26 directive that the county hold immigrants for the federal government at taxpayer expense.

LatinoJustice and DEMOS Release Framework and Recommendations to Empower State and Local Governments and Institutions to Provide Sanctuary for Immigrants

New York, NY – Demos and LatinoJustice PRLDEF released a report designed to equip state and local jurisdictions and institutions with much-needed guidance to establish community policies that welcome and protect immigrants. The report, titled “Sanctuary, Safety, and Community – Tools for Welcoming and Protecting Immigrants through Local Democracy,” is available in English and Spanish.

It Has Begun

News that Kris Kobach has been named to the president-elect's transition team signals that the incoming administration remains committed to its promise to aggressively round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants, tearing families apart and dashing the dreams of young DREAMers who had anticipated a clear path to citizenship.

LatinoJustice is Disappointed by Supreme Court Split Decision Affirming Judgment That Blocks DAPA and Keeps Millions of Immigrants in the Shadows

The administration in November 2014 announced the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) initiative as well as an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Texas and 25 other states subsequently filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Texas challenging the President’s executive actions. The new deferred action programs were enjoined by a federal district court judge in February 2015 which decision was subsequently upheld by a split 2-1 panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in November 2015. The federal government then appealed the case to the Supreme Court.

LJPUpdate: Meet Daisy, an LJP Trailblazer, Central American Refugee Rights and more

Meet Daisy M. Auger-Dominguez, a #LatinaTrailblazer who is blazing a trail for Latinas in the tech world. Then, we challenge the deportation procedures being used for Central Americans who are fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle. This and much more in this week's #LJPUpdate.

LJPUpdate: Meet a Trailblazer, SCOTUS hears DAPA case and more

In this week's LJPUpdate we introduce you to Damaris Hernández the first Latina partner in Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Then, we recap some of the oral argument that took place at SCOTUS regarding the DAPA and DACA case. This and much more in this week's LJP Update

LatinoJustice & other Human Rights Groups Denounce U.S.-Mexico Campaign to Interdict and Summarily Deport Central American Refugees

Over 35 faith-based groups and human rights organizations filed a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States denouncing the joint campaign of the United States and Mexico--the infamous Plan Frontera Sur--to interdict and summarily deport persons--including thousands of children and families--fleeing rampant violence in Central America's "northern triangle": Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

LJP Update: Join our SE Reception, Unveiling a Public Policy Agenda for 2016 and more

Still time to sign up for our SE Inaugural reception and honor the contributions to social justice of the 2016 LatinoJustice Southeast Regional Awards honorees. You can also find out more about an amicus we filed in the SCOTUS case that will address President Obama's executive action on immigration. Find out this and much more in this week's #LJPUpdate.

LJP Update: Join our Inaugural SE Reception, Immigrant Rights Groups Rally in Florida and more

Join us on March 17th for our Inaugural Southeast Reception and meet some of the leaders who are instrumental to our work in the Southeast. Martha Pardo also provides her insight into a rally she recently attended where advocates expressed their disdain for anti-immigrant legislation in the Florida legislature. Find out this and much more in this week's #LJPUpdate

NYS Board of Regents Proposal Removes Obstacles to Licenses for Non-­Citizens

Long Island City, NY — The New York State Board of Regents voted this week to begin a process to permit qualified non-­‐citizens to obtain professional licenses. Advocates from CUNY Law, its Center on Latino/a Rights and Equality (CLORE), LatinoJusticePRLDEF, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), and the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) successfully worked to persuade the Board that recent developments in federal and New York State courts removed prior restrictions.

LJP Update: SCOTUS Takes Up Immigration Case, Still Time to Register for Líderes Event and more

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review United States v. Texas, the case about DAPA and expanded DACA. These executive actions would provide temporary administrative relief to over 400,000 immigrants. Still time for the first Líderes event focused on hate crimes against Latinos. This and much more in the LJP Update.

LJP Update: ICE Raids Update, Líderes Event and more

Latinos across the country are in a state of panic after ICE raids escalation in the 2016. We provide updates and some need to know information. Líderes organize their first event for 2016 focused on hate crimes against Latinos. This and much more in the LJP Update.

LJP Update: Urging Supreme Court to Protect Executive Action on Immigration, End of the Year Giving and More

LJP Update: We filed an Amicus Brief Urging the Supreme Court to protect President's Executive Action on Immigration and make sure that it is addressed in this cycle. As we wrap up the year we also encourage you to donate to LatinoJustice so we can keep advocating for rights of Latinos in the court.

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