Every year in January, the ILC board approves staff recommendations of Nebraska legislation priorities that should be addressed to protect the rights of our immigrant neighbors. The 2018 Legislative Priorities for ILC will be determined in January.
Impact litigation involves monitoring the immigration legal environment to identify local and federal cases that fall within gaps in our current immigration system, and then addressing those errors through the laws that were made to protect our clients. When we fight for the rights of our immigrant neighbors through our impact litigation, we do so not only because it is the right thing to do, but because we are defending a tapestry of rights indispensable to the liberty of all people within the U.S—immigrants and citizens alike.
After the Department of Homeland Security unlawfully deported Remberto, the impact litigation team secured his return to the U.S. From now on, when judges within the Eighth Circuit weigh asylum cases, they will be required to consider family ties as a legitimate reason for seeking asylum.
In the case of S.V. vs U.S., a U.S. citizen minor of Guatemalan descent was arrested, detained for over 40 days, and threatened with deportation for nearly a year before immigration authorities acknowledged her to be a U.S. citizen. ILC agreed to represent S.V. in a lawsuit against the U.S. to vindicate those rights and to hold immigration authorities accountable for their failure to follow the law.
• Case Story: S.V. v. United States: Impact Litigation Hold Immigration Authorities Accountable
• Summary of the case
• Complaint filed with U.S. Department of Homeland Security: FTCA Administrative Complaint
• Complaint filed with U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska: S.V. v. United States Complaint