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July 2014 News Releases and Statements

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July 30, 2014
NILC: House Bill Takes Another Step Toward Health Equity for All

Health care champions Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Donna Christensen (D-VI) made a bold statement in favor of health equity today by introducing the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2014 (HEAA).

The measure, which was introduced on behalf of the Congressional Tri-Caucus (the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus), seeks to ensure that everyone living in the U.S. has access to affordable health coverage. It also would improve meaningful access to health care and coverage for people with limited English proficiency, create jobs in the growing health care sector, and increase investments in innovative health delivery methods and technologies to improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of National Immigration Law Center.


July 30, 2014
Executive Action on Immigration Should Protect Workers and Uphold Labor Standards

In a letter sent to the Obama administration, a broad coalition of 153 civil rights, faith-based, and labor groups urge that any executive action on immigration uphold workers’ ability to press for their rights on the job.


July 25, 2014
For Shame: House Majority Votes to Harm Millions of Citizen and Latino Children

The conservative-led U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to deny the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to as many as 5.5 million children — children who are mostly U.S. citizens and Latino — while permanently expanding the tax credit for higher income households. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of National Immigration Law Center.


July 24, 2014
Immigrants’ Rights Advocates Call for Moratorium on Deportation of Refugee Women and Children at Artesia Detention Center Until Basic Due Process Needs Are Met

Today, immigrants’ rights lawyers and advocates called on the government to halt deportations of women and children in custody at the remote Artesia family detention center in New Mexico, where the U.S. government began warehousing Central American children and women three weeks ago.

Lawyers and activists representing 22 groups were the first members of the public permitted in the Artesia facility this week during tightly controlled tours. During a telephonic press briefing the groups also demanded that the Obama administration stop the expansion of family detention and allow refugee families to be placed in humane, effective, and far less costly alternative forms of custody. Such a shift would free up resources to address dire access to counsel and due process concerns advocates observed during their visits.


July 21, 2014
National Immigration Law Center Welcomes New Directors of Development and Finance

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), a premier immigrants’ rights organization, is proud to announce two new members of its senior management team, Director of Development Nancy Peponis and Director of Finance and Administration Margaret Lopez.


July 17, 2014
Federal Court Orders Department of Homeland Security to Allow Class Action Lawyers to Meet with Children Fleeing Violence

Salvadoran children who have recently been taken into custody by federal agents after crossing the U.S. border and detained in Nogales, Ariz., will be allowed to meet privately with attorneys to learn their rights, a Los Angeles federal district court judge ruled today.


July 15, 2014
NILC Calls on DHS to Release Jose Antonio Vargas

Undocumented leader Jose Antonio Vargas has been detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the McAllen International Airport near the Texas-Mexico border. He arrived in McAllen last week to help United We Dream and its local affiliate, Minority Affairs Council, highlight the dire situation refugee children who have fled increased violence in Central America are facing. Once in McAllen, Vargas became aware of border checkpoints and contacted NILC for guidance. Here is a statement by Marielena HIncapié, NILC’s executive director.


July 14, 2014
Clark County Sheriff Places Public Safety Over Politics, Restricts Immigration Holds in County

Following the prelitigation efforts of the National Immigration Law Center, the Immigration Clinic at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law, and Holland & Knight LLP, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie announced that his department would no longer enforce most U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds, also known as ICE holds or immigration detainers. These holds, which request that local law enforcement detain immigrants who are potentially removable, have come under increasing scrutiny across the country.


July 7, 2014
Federal Appeals Court Rules Arizona Must Offer Driver's Licenses to DREAMers

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was wrong to bar some young immigrants from receiving driver’s licenses, a panel of federal judges ruled today. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to end its policy of denying licenses to young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. This group of young people—who have permission from the federal government to live and work in the U.S.—are seriously harmed by their inability to get drivers’ licenses, the court said.


July 7, 2014
Breaking ICE Holds: Los Angeles Stands Up for Public Safety

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck today announced that city police will no longer honor most requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain immigrants suspected of being deportable. Read NILC Executive Director Marielena Hincapié's statement here.


July 3, 2014
NILC and Human Rights Groups Tell President to Abandon Efforts to Expedite Deportations of Children Fleeing Violence

President Obama should reconsider his plans to quickly deport Central American children who have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border seeking safety, and should instead properly screen the children for trafficking and persecution, and extend humanitarian protections, according to a letter sent to the president Thursday by almost 200 immigration, civil and human rights, faith, labor, and community groups.