NILC ENGAGES IN IMPACT LITIGATION to defend the constitutional rights of low-income immigrants and thereby ensure that all of our fundamental rights are protected. NILC has created a strong line of defense against anti-immigrant laws that threaten to undermine immigrant families’ constitutional rights and undermine our country’s values of fairness and justice. NILC attorneys have filed class-action lawsuits to block anti-immigrant laws across the country, including in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Utah.
NILC also fights to protect due process rights for immigrants caught by the immigration enforcement dragnet, and to shed light on tactics used by law enforcement officials who engage in immigration enforcement activities.
Challenges to state laws enacted in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Utah. (Also, litigation against laws or policies in Farmers Branch, TX, and Orleans Parish, LA.)
In Re Sergio C. Garcia on Admission
"This case concerns the application of Sergio C. Garcia, a noncitizen who currently lacks explicit federal permission to remain in the United States, to be licensed as a lawyer in California" (emphasis added, filed 7/18/12; PDF).
Detention and Removal
Specifically: Orantes-Hernandez v. Holder
Access to Driver’s Licenses
Challenges to state policies that would deny driver's licenses to people granted deferred action under the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
Access to Legal Status
Access to Education