A Message from Dan Kesselbrenner, Executive Director

December 2018 – It is hard to believe this is my last year-end message to you. 32 years of fighting together for immigrant rights. It has been an enormous privilege. We have accomplished a lot together…
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Deportation of Domestic Violence Survivor Halted After ICE Arrest at Courthouse

November 27, 2018 – The Charlotte Immigration Court terminated the deportation case of domestic violence survivor Maria (last name withheld) with the support of ICE. Termination of her deportation proceedings will allow Maria to remain with family and community, including her two young children, and pursue immigration relief as a key witness and victim of crime.
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Lawsuit Goes Forward Alleging Unlawful Conduct by Trump Officials Seeking to Deport Over 50,000 U.S. Haitians

November 13, 2018 – Today a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York ruled that a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for U.S. Haitians should go forward, rejecting the government’s motion to dismiss. Judge Kuntz issued his ruling after holding a two hour hearing.
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New Report: Three Ways DC Can Improve its “Sanctuary City” Policies to #AbolishICE from the City

November 1, 2018 – Mijente and NIPNLG released a new report that exposes the major ways that DC participates in raids and deportations of its community members, and calls on DC officials and community to end its collaboration as a concrete step towards the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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NIPNLG Announces Recipients of the 2018 Carol W. King and Daniel Levy Awards

October 30, 2018 – Annie Benson, Senior Attorney of the Washington State Defenders Association was awarded Carol W. King Award. Mijente, a digital and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx movement building and organizing, was awarded the Daniel Levy Award.
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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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Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Retaliation against Immigrant Rights Activists

October 25, 2018 – Today, NIPNLG and the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine filed a lawsuit on behalf of NWDC Resistance, Detention Watch Network, and the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites in the Western District of Washington to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) unconstitutional policy of retaliating against undocumented immigrants engaged in First Amendment-protected advocacy in support of immigrants’ rights.

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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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Dan Kesselbrenner Announces His Retirement

October 9, 2018 – Dan Kesselbrenner announced that after 32 years, he will be transitioning from his role as Executive Director at NIPNLG. Dan's legacy includes building NIPNLG from a small organization into a formidable force at the forefront of the movement for immigrant rights. Please join us in congratulating Dan on his well-deserved retirement, to begin in the spring of 2019.

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Challenging a "Tier III" Terrorism Determination in Removal Proceedings

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) practices with respect to Tier III terrorist organizations are inconsistent, lacking in transparency, and harmful to noncitizens seeking immigration relief. This practice advisory will address three potential ways respondents can challenge Tier III determinations in removal proceedings.

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Wellness and Self-care for Immigration Professionals

July 26, 2018 – Experiencing Vicarious Trauma. "Ten Things to Remember," a podcast from Penelope Young Andrade, LCSW. Direct legal work with clients can be both rewarding and emotionally challenging. When working with individuals who have experienced trauma -- whether at the border, in a detention center, or elsewhere -- it is important to be aware of your own emotional responses.
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Congress Must Decriminalize Migration in Order to End Family Separation

July 11, 2018 – NIPNLG and more than 200 immigrant, faith, racial justice, and criminal justice allies issued a call to Congress to decriminalize migration by repealing the laws that make migration a crime-8 U.S.C. 1325 and 8 U.S.C. 1326. Federal laws that punish “unlawful entry” and “illegal re-entry” are the legal weapons behind the heart-breaking separation of parents and children by the Trump administration. 
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Oppose Anti-Immigrant #poisonbills in the House

NIPNLG and its Immigrant Justice Network partners vehemently oppose the Ryan and Goodlatte anti-immigrant criminalization bills (HR 4760 & Ryan immigration bill). For analysis, talking points, social media toolkit, and voting recommendations visit http://immigrantjusticenetwork.org/poisonbills.

Program Book for AILA: Raha Jorjani


Raha Jorjani is an Immigration Defense Attorney with the Office of the Alameda County Public Defender in Oakland, California, and directs California’s first public defender Immigration Representation Unit. She was our honoree at AILA in San Francisco.

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Practice Advisory: Terminating Removal Proceedings for Activists Targeted for Political Speech

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This practice advisory provides information and background on Motions to Terminate removal proceedings based on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) violation of agency regulations.

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NIPNLG Surveillance Newsletter, June 2018

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A collection of surveillance and enforcement information that impacts immigrants. This edition examines new policies from DHS focused on the interior, and also includes a section on social media collection at the border, as the Administration has announced major new initiatives.

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Comments on Notice of a New System of Records: DHS/ALL-041 External Biometric Records (EBR) System of Records

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May 23, 2018 – The EBR is a new system of records that “allows the DHS to receive, maintain,and disseminate biometric and associated biographic information from non-DHS entities, both foreign and domestic...pursuant to formal or informal information sharing agreements or arrangements (“external information”) or with the express approval of the entity from which the Department received biometric and association biographic information.

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Statement to the Senate Immigration Subcommittee


May 23, 2018 – Statement by NIPNLG, ACLU, Immigrant Justice Network, Immigrant Defense Project, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, National Immigrant Justice Center, and the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration “TVPRA and Exploited Loopholes Affecting Unaccompanied Alien Children”

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Vote “No” on The First Step Act

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May 22, 2018 – NIPNLG joins with other organizations urging representatives to Vote "No" in the following statement: "On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the 108 undersigned organizations, we write to urge you to vote NO on The FIRST STEP Act (H.R.5682). While well intentioned, this bill takes a misguided approach to reforming our federal justice system.

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New Emails and New Memo Reveal New Depths of DHS and DOS’ Lawless Actions in Terminating TPS for Haitians

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May 15, 2018 – NIPNLG announced the release of additional emails and documents from DHS, particularly US Citizenship and Immigration Services, obtained through our FOIA litigation. DHS supplanted the mandatory process proscribed under our laws with a politicized fishing expedition to paint all Haitians as criminals and unauthorized immigrants.
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NIPNLG Proudly Announces its 2018 Member Honoree, Raha Jorjani

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May 15, 2018 – NIPNLG proudly announces its recognition of member Raha Jorjani at its annual member reception at the 2018 AILA convention. Jorjani is an Immigration Defense Attorney with the Office of the Alameda County Public Defender in Oakland, CA, and directs California’s first public defender Immigration Representation Unit.
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Sessions v. Dimaya: U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Unconstitutional Statute, Upholding 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.
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NIPNLG v. DHS: Records Regarding the Termination of TPS for Haiti

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April 17, 2018 – USCIS Director who Removed “Nation of Immigrants” from Mission Found Directly Contradicting Agency’s Report. Documents released today as a result of Freedom of Information Act litigation present new evidence in the multiple lawsuits accusing the Trump administration of racial animus and violation of required procedures in its cancellation of temporary protected status for Haitians.

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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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haiti flagNew Suit Alleges Unlawful Conduct by Trump Administration Officials, Seeks Injunctive Relief to Prevent Deportation of Over 50,000 Haitian TPS Recipients

March 15, 2018 – The Administration’s Decision to Terminate Program Exposes Complete Lack of Knowledge of Immigration Law Resulting in Violations of the Administrative Procedure Act, Plaintiffs’ 5th Amendment Rights and Regulatory Flexibility Act

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elizabeth simpsonUndocumented Activist Targeted by ICE Asks Immigration Judge to Throw Out Case Based on First Amendment »

March 13, 2018 – Maru Mora-Villalpando, Washington-based Organizer Facing First Immigration Court Date, Files Motion to Terminate Deportation Proceedings, Citing First Amendment Violations. Staff Attorney Elizabeth Simpson said, “We expect government officials to discharge their duties in a fair and non-discriminatory way. By targeting Maru because of her political activism, ICE is directly contravening that trust, and threatening our fundamental right to free speech and assembly.”

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paromita shahParomita Shah Speaking at Sunshine Week 2018

March 6, 2018 – Fighting for Transparency and Freedom of Information. March 9, 2018 @ 8:30 am. Knight TV Studio, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001. Free and open to the public. Registration required.

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surveillanceSurveillance and Technology Newsletter

February 12, 2018 – 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 pgoldstein@nipnlg.org 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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