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September 2011 News Releases & Statements


Civil Rights Coalition Files Emergency Request to Block Key Provisions of Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law

Today, the coalition of civil rights organizations that filed HICA et al. v. Bentley, et al., the class-action challenge to Alabama's extreme anti-immigrant law, filed a notice of appeal and an emergency request that the district court temporarily block several provisions not previously enjoined by the court's orders of September 28 while the decision is appealed. The coalition sought this temporary relief from the district court to prevent enforcement of these provisions pending their emergency appeal to the 11th Circuit court of appeals.

Court’s Ruling Undermines Fundamental American Values

The federal court’s ruling today, in HICA et al. v Robert Bentley, et al., blocked significant elements of the nation’s most extreme anti-immigrant law but also left large parts in place, undermining the most fundamental American values of fairness and equality and devastating thousands across the state including citizens, lawful immigrants, and immigrants without lawful status alike.

Jobs-Killing Mandatory E-Verify Legislation Passes Out of Committee

After a chaotic and lengthy markup session, Rep. Lamar Smith’s (R-TX) mandatory E-Verify legislation, the Legal Workers Act, passed out of committee Wednesday afternoon. The party-line vote clears the way for the measure to be voted on by the full House of Representatives. Experts and advocates on both sides of the aisle have called Smith’s bill a jobs killer at a time when our economy can least afford it. Here is a statement from Tyler Moran, NILC policy director.

Task Force Recommendations Don’t Reflect Reality: Secure Communities Should Be Shelved, Not Tweaked

Amid a flurry of resignations, the Dept. of Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force has released its report and recommendations on Secure Communities, a fingerprint-sharing immigration enforcement program that has eroded public trust in law enforcement. The recommendations were not signed by several of the task force’s 20 members, some of whom called for the suspension of the program in order to correct fundamental flaws. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, NILC executive director.


Rep. Smith Kicks Off Debate on His Bill Requiring Employers to Use E-Verify

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has kicked off debate on the Legal Workforce Act, legislation that would force all business owners to run employees through E-Verify, an error-ridden government database, to determine work authorization. Those who are erroneously flagged as unauthorized to work in the U.S. spend hours navigating governmental bureaucracies to amend their records or are terminated. Experts estimate that at least 770,000 workers will face termination if mandatory E-Verify takes effect. 

New Report Finds Due Process Abuses in Secretive Deportation Program

Using a little-known government program, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) has pushed nearly 160,000 immigrants — many with deep ties to the United States — through an expedited deportation process, sometimes without adequately informing them of their right to a day in court, according to a new analysis of thousands of pages of released government documents.

The report, written by attorneys and law professors at Stanford Law School, NILC, and Western State University College of Law, determined that DHS agents administering the program provided legally inaccurate portrayals of the opportunities to remain in the U.S. in order to boost deportation numbers, even though judges and others involved in the program voiced their concerns about how the program short-circuited individuals’ rights.


Lamar Smith Holds Hearing on Job-Killer Legislation

In the face of mounting opposition to his proposal to make use of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification system mandatory, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) today held a hearing on his recently introduced “American Specialty Agriculture Act,” a bill that would strip farm workers of their labor rights as well as bring thousands of new guest workers into the U.S. while doing nothing for the undocumented workers currently picking our crops.

New Report Reveals Widespread Violation of Due Process Rights in Secretive Deportations

On Thursday September 8, 2011, the authors of “Deportation Without Due Process” will discuss their analysis of thousands of never-before-released government documents revealing evidence of widespread misuse of the “stipulated order of removal” program. For nearly a decade, the government has used this little-known program to deport more than 160,000 noncitizens -- many with deep ties to the United States -- without providing them hearings before immigration judges or adequately informing them of the rights they forfeit by signing the removal order.