surveillanceSurveillance and Technology Newsletter

Surveillance and technology-driven surveillance is the emerging centerpiece of DHS enforcement and becoming big business for private companies. From raids to visa vetting, the Department of Homeland Security has invested in scanning technology, such as fingerprint, facial, and iris technology, to carry out such enforcement tactics.

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ravi ragbirImmigrant Rights Leader Ravi Ragbir and Community Organizations File First Amendment Lawsuit Challenging the Targeting of Immigrant Rights Activists

February 9, 2018 – Immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir, together with NIPNLG, the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, CASA de Maryland, Detention Watch Network, and the New York Immigration Coalition, filed suit (Ragbir v. Homan) in federal district court in the Southern District of New York today to challenge the recent targeting of immigrant rights activists by federal immigration officials. Pending briefing and consideration of a preliminary injunction motion, the government has agreed to stay Mr. Ragbir’s deportation temporarily.

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2018 Removal Defense Conference – Fierce and Fearless Lawyering: Taking it to the Next Level

February 9, 2018 – Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC or via Webcast. A joint venture between AILA, the AILA/Council Immigration Justice Campaign, and the National Immigration Project. **NIPNLG members (who are not also AILA members): please contact for an NIPNLG member discount code.**
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NIPNLG Welcomes New Staff Attorney Khaled Alrabe

February 8, 2018 – Khaled joins the National Immigration Project from the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley, where he was a researcher working on immigration, human trafficking, and accountability for victims of sexual violence through international courts. Khaled was a law fellow at the National Immigration Project in 2015-2016; he holds a BA from Harvard University and a JD from Georgetown University. Khaled is based out of Berkeley, CA.

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

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ICE Releases Man After 10 Months of Wrongful Detention

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.

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Man Whose False Inclusion in CPD Gang Database Made him ICE Target Reaches Settlement with City of Chicago

wilmerDecember 6, 2017 – A settlement has been reached between the City of Chicago and Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez, whose false inclusion in the Chicago Police Department’s “Gang Database” and the sharing of that information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) triggered a nightmarish chain of events that left him imprisoned, in severe physical pain and mental anguish, and fighting deportation.

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Groups Demand ICE, DHS Reveal Information on Use of Fingerprinting Machines During Immigration Raids

biometricsDecember 6, 2017 – Mijente and the National Immigration Project of National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) filed a lawsuit demanding that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reveal the information requested related to their use of mobile fingerprinting units, or biometric devices, in immigration raids and other immigration enforcement actions.

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Fight Congressional Proposals to Expand Immigration Enforcement and Criminalization

representativesDecember 6, 2017 – Both Democrats and Republicans are under intense pressure to cut a deal and pass a spending bill. Now is the time to influence these negotiations and show Congress that our communities will say NO to the expansion of immigration enforcement.

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A Letter from Javier N. Maldonado, NIPNLG Board Chair

letter from Javier MaldonadoNovember 29, 2017 – I too am an immigrant. I still remember life on the outskirts of the city when I came to the U.S. in 1974. The anxiety and fear was palpable–even for folks like me who had no real reason to fear. Just the climate of checkpoints, airports, being questioned, everyone trying to speak perfectly, and not be suspect. My family felt afraid.

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NIPNLG Condemns Trump Decision to Terminate TPS for Haitians

tps haitian statement of solidarityNovember 21, 2017 – The Trump Administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians living in the United States is destructive, anti-immigrant, and morally wrong.

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National Lawsuit Seeks to Expose Secrecy of Immigration Raids

operation mega lawsuitNovember 13, 2017 – Organizations around the country are highlighting local ICE enforcement tactics and filing a federal lawsuit against ICE and DHS for refusing to release information regarding Operation Mega, the recent announcement of what was supposed to be the “largest raid in U.S. history.”

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Legal Intern Opportunity for Summer 2018

The National Immigration Project seeks legal interns for the Summer of 2018. For more information, visit the job description »

NEW! Legal Memorandum on Smuggling, Harboring Under 8 U.S.C. § 1324 (a)

Here to Stay posterSeptember 27, 2017 – NIPNLG publishes Legal Memorandum: Understanding the Federal Offenses of Harboring, Transporting, Smuggling, and Encouraging under 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a).
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Crimes and Immigration Seminar: An Advanced CLE for Immigration and Criminal Practitioners

nyu law school buildingSeptember 24, 2017 – Join us at our annual seminar for immigration and criminal defense attorneys led by national expert faculty on October 13th at NYU School of Law. Learn more and register for the event »

Chamroeun Phan Finally Released to His Family

phan and his daughter reunitedSeptember 22, 2017 – After more than 387 days in immigration detention, Chamroeun Phan of Maplewood, MN, came home to his family on Monday. In May, Phan's immigration attorney, Mai Neng Moua, successfully argued that Phan's deportation to Cambodia should be cancelled because of the undue hardship it would cause his family. But the Trump administration appealed the immigration judge's ruling and refused to release him from detention. As part of the #ReleaseMN8 campaign, Phan's release Monday came as the result of intense community advocacy and legal challenges.
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NIPNLG, ILRC and NIJC Oppose H.R. 3697

September 9, 2017 – H.R. 3697, the “Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act,” purports to use concern for public safety to obscure its true impetus, apparent racial animus. This Act is another example of Congress working overtime to implement Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. Read the statement »

NIPNLG Condemns Trump Decision to Terminate DACA

September 5, 2017 – We stand in solidarity today - and every day - with immigrant recipients of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Read the press release »

New Report Exposes the Toll of Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda on Immigrant Women and Communities in Georgia

glahr and nipnlg reportAugust 22, 2017 – Compiled by the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) and NIPNLG, The Luchadoras of Georgia tells the story of everyday women caught in Trump’s deportation pipeline--where traffic stops by local police has become the focal point for deportation and helped spur a 75% increase in ICE arrests.
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Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, 2017 member honoree @ AILA 2017

July 1 , 2017 – On June 23, 2017, friends and members of the National Immigration Project gathered for the 2017 NIPNLG Member Reception during the annual American Immigration Lawyers Association convention, this year in New Orleans. 2017 Member Honoree Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia accepted her recognition for outstanding work on behalf of immigant justice.
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Court Hands Trump Administration Another Defeat on Immigration

June 23, 2017 – A U.S. District Court in Washington state rejected the Trump administration’s effort to dismiss a lawsuit targeting a once-secret program used to deny qualified Muslim immigrants from obtaining citizenship and permanent residency status, and also granted the case class-action status.
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A Guide on Organizing as Defense Against Federal Investigations and Prosecutions

report cover mijenteJune 5, 2017 – NIPNLG and Mijente released a guide that outlines how community-based organizations can develop a security and defense plan in the event that federal law enforcement targets leaders or staff for federal investigation and prosecution, such as smuggling, harboring, and transporting charges and related federal crimes.

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New Report Details How Increasing Funding for “Zero-Tolerance” Immigration Laws “Will Destroy Lives and Waste Billions”

report coverMay 26, 2017 - "Dismantle, Don’t Expand: The 1996 Immigration Laws" offers policy-makers, advocates, and reporters an accessible study of the 1996 laws, the devastating human and fiscal impact their implementation has had on millions of Americans, and the argument for doing away with them.
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NIPNLG Proudly Announces its 2017 Member Honoree: Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia

Shoba Sivaprasad WadhiaMay 4, 2017 - “Shoba is a principled leader, a staunch advocate for immigrants, and mentor to scores of students. We are proud to recognize her contributions to our struggle and to our movement.” Please honor Shoba by placing a congratulatory message in the Commemorative Program Book being produced in her honor for the occasion. Deadline to be included is June 2, 2017. Learn more »

Family Sues ICE, City of Chicago, after Gang Database Information Led to Violent Immigration Raid that Left Immigrant Severely Injured

Celene Adame and familyMay 1, 2017 - “I saw the immigration agents slam my husband to the floor while we told them he was injured, but they still hurt him and took him to detention…There needs to be consequences for everyone responsible for hurting our family, for my husband, and so that it doesn’t happen to others. That’s why today we are here marching and why we are filing the lawsuit.”

Paromita Shah to Speak at The Color of Surveillance: Government Monitoring of American Immigrants

color of surveillanceApril 27, 2017 - Paromita Shah and sixteen other distinguished panelists will speak on June 22, 2017 at the Georgetown Law, Center on Privacy & Technology. Since the Snowden disclosures of 2013, it's been a truism in Washington that "everyone is watched." But history shows that not everyone is watched equally: Instead, people of color, immigrants, religious minorities, and LGBT persons have disproportionately been the targets of government tracking.

A Letter from Pamela Goldstein, Director of Development

pamela goldsteinApril 6, 2017 - Information is power. Together, we are providing critical information to fight the new war on immigrants. Here's how. Yesterday, the NIP published a community advisory on Social Media, Criminalization, and Immigration with our allies at Research Action Design. The advisory warns noncitizens how immigration agents may use social media accounts for deportation proceedings and other actions. It also includes ways to reduce risk. The advisory got 900 hits its first day. We are now translating it into Spanish.
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NIPNLG Partners with #WeBelongTogether Kids Caravan

we belong together logoWhen elected officials in Miami-Dade county turned their backs on immigrant families, local children and youth refused to back down. This April, they’ll caravan from Miami to Washington, DC to demand that our elected leaders stand up to Trump’s bullying and defend their families, their friends and their future.

ICE Uses a Cannabis Misdemeanor To Arrest, Deport

sejalIn a recent Leafly article, Sejal Zota estimates that in 2013 alone, roughly 6,000 people were deported for personal possession of marijuana. According to the article, "A big part of the new, bolder tactics on the border is the stepped-up investigation of an immigrant or traveler’s mobile phone, email, and social networking data."

Community Advisory: Social Media, Criminalization, and Immigration

mobile biometricsApril 3, 2017 - DHS uses social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter, in immigration enforcement. Information shared on social media could be used against a person to arrest you, detain you, put you in fast-track deportation or regular deportation proceedings, or to stop you from getting immigration benefits, such as a green card, DACA or TPS.

Unchecked DHS Fingerprinting Practice Moves Groups to Press for Transparency

mobile biometricsMarch 28, 2017 - Groups file request for information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requesting information about current protocols and constitutional safeguards for the use of biometric machines.

A Letter from the National Immigration Project

letter from nip March 27, 2017 - They say back down, we say double-down. Donald Trump is adding cruelty to an already deeply flawed U.S. immigration and detention system. His contempt for immigrants includes a vicious smear campaign that tars both noncitizens and sanctuary cities. NIPNLG is fighting him every step of the way.

Rights Groups Amend Class Action Suit, 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.

Cambodian Deportation Halted Due to Groundswell of Community Support

ched nin released March 8, 2017 - Following months of sustained community advocacy, long-time Minnesota resident Ched Nin was released to his wife and their five children in late February after being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for over six months.

Supplemental Community Advisory on DHS Implementation Memoranda and Factsheets

key ice facility March 7, 2017 - This community advisory seeks to provide legal and policy analysis on key changes in immigration enforcement resulting from the major shift in DHS policies. Covered are those topic areas that we believe will most impact community defense strategies.

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

xenophobiaFebruary 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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Letter from Paromita Shah, Associate Director

paromita shah January 31, 2017 - Our collective fight against President Trump is just beginning. Together, a horrendous situation is being met with great force, creativity, litigation, and resistance. We've been working around the clock to support organizing, agitating, and impact litigation from coast to coast. From airport actions across the US this weekend, to Trump counter-inauguration actions and the historic Women’s March, to a lawsuit filed suing the President – it’s been a busy January!
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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

muslim banJanuary 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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Statement: 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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FAQ for Community Groups Immigration Enforcement Executive Actions: Interior Enforcement

January 26, 2017 - This advisory is intended to provide community groups with a preliminary summary and analysis regarding these changes in interior immigration enforcement, which we will revise as we learn more about enforcement practices under the New Administration.

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Press Release: We Must End the Normalization of Mass Criminalization

January 26, 2017 - President Trump’s executive orders on immigration exemplify contempt for the human rights and safety of millions of Americans of color – and if enacted by Congress, will have far-reaching societal consequences beyond their stated scope. Read the full press release, put out in conjunction with Immigrant Justice Network »

Call to Action: Help Stop the Deportation of 18-Year-Old Yosselin Herrera

herrera asylum portraitJanuary 23, 2017 - “In 2014, I fled El Salvador because of gender violence and threats from the MS 13 gang. I came to Siler City to reunite with my family. If I’m sent back to El Salvador, it could mean my death sentence.”
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Travel Advisory for Noncitizens Traveling to Washington, DC for Rallies, Protests, or Actions: 8 Things Immigrants Can Do

8 waysJanuary 11, 2017 - We anticipate that more and more noncitizens may want to engage in political protest in Washington, DC. The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) supports the political rights of noncitizens, and believes it is critical to prepare appropriately if you plan to visit Washington, DC by plane, car, bus or train. Knowing the risks and preparing for them should be part of the planning process for every group or delegation traveling to Washington, DC.

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

special registration separates familiesNovember 23, 2016 - Trump 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 southNovember 21, 2016 - Trump 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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NIPLNG Stands in Solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives

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