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National Immigration Law Center
Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants. NILC engages in lawsuits that defend the fundamental and constitutional rights of all Americans, including low-income immigrants and their families, often in coordination with other local and national civil rights organizations.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Make the Road New York v. Pompeo
1:19-cv-11633 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 12/19/2019 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0070
Coding Complete
This is a challenge to the Trump Administration's changes to the immigration "Public Charge" Rules. On December 19, 2019, individuals facing deportation, their United States citizen relatives, and nonprofit organizations that assist noncitizens filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Plaintiffs sued ... [view]
2 La Clinica de la Raza v. Trump
4:19-cv-04980-PJH (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2019 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0149
Washington, DC
Coding Complete
This case is one of several brought nationwide by States, counties, and nonprofit organizations challenging the Trump administration's revised, final public charge rule, which expands the types of programs that the federal government will consider in public charge determinations to now also include previously excluded health, nutrition, and ... [view]
3 Migrant Justice v. Nielsen
5:18-cv-00192 (D. Vt.)
Filed 11/14/2018 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-VT-0002
Coding Complete
On November 14, 2018, Migrant Justice, Inc. and four individual members of the organization filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. The plaintiffs sued the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, and the ... [view]
4 Pars Equality Center v. Pompeo
2:18-cv-01122 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 07/31/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-WA-0040
Coding Complete
On July 31, 2018, two nonprofit organizations and fifteen individuals filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, challenging the Trump Administration's implementation of the waiver provision of the Travel Ban (Presidential Proclamation No. 9645). The Travel Ban indefinitely bans millions of ... [view]
5 Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
3:17-cv-01061-AVC (D. Conn.)
Filed 06/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
National Security
NS-CT-0001
Coding Complete
This Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint, filed June 27, 2017, seeks to enhance knowledge about discriminatory immigration policy regarding Muslims, Latinos, and other members of groups disfavored by the Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the ... [view]
6 Jewish Family Service of Seattle v. Trump
2:17-cv-01707-JLR (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 11/13/2017 - Closed 2019
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-WA-0036
Coding Complete
This action challenged the Trump Administration's third attempt to suspend the United States Refugee Admissions Program (the "USRAP"), a program administered by a consortium of federal agencies and nonprofit organizations working to identify and admit qualified refugees for resettlement into the United States, by issuing the Executive Order on ... [view]
7 P.K. v. Tillerson
1:17-cv-01533-TSC (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/03/2017 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of State
United States Department of State
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0031
Coding Complete
On August 3, 2017, a group of diversity lottery winners and their family members filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the Secretary of State and consular officials. Represented by the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, the ACLU, the National Immigration Law Center, and private ... [view]
8 Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. City of LaGrange
3:17-cv-00067-TCB (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 05/18/2017 - Case Ongoing
City of LaGrange
City of LaGrange
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-GA-0009
Troup County
Coding Complete
On May 18, 2017, the Georgia State Conference of the Georgia NAACP, the Troup County Chapter of the NAACP, Project South, and a small number of named and unnamed plaintiffs filed this lawsuit against the City of LaGrange, Georgia in the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiffs sued the city on one federal claim – violation of the Fair ... [view]
9 International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) v. Trump
8:17-cv-00361-TDC (D. Md.)
Filed 02/07/2017 - Case Ongoing
President Donald Trump
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
IM-MD-0004
Coding Complete
On February 7, 2017, five immigrant advocacy organizations and fifteen individual immigrants filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Represented by the ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center, the plaintiffs challenged President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order. That order ... [view]
10 Aziz v. Trump
1:17-cv-116 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 01/28/2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
IM-VA-0004
Coding Complete
On January 28, 2017, lawful permanent residents of the United States, represented by the Legal Aid Justice Center and Mayer Brown, filed this case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. They brought the action as a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, and they ... [view]
11 Darweesh v. Trump [voluntarily dismissed]
1:17-cv-00480 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
IM-NY-0053
Coding Complete
This class action, filed Jan. 28, 2017, challenged President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It was filed as a petition for a writ of habeas corpus (to seek immediate release of plaintiffs from detention) and a civil complaint, on behalf ... [view]
12 State of Hawaii v. Trump
1:17-cv-00050 (D. Haw.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
IM-HI-0004
Coding Complete
The below summary is a condensed version. The full summary can be found here on the Clearinghouse website. Hawaii Attorney General Douglas S. Chin filed this lawsuit on Feb. 3, 2017 against President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) barring legal ... [view]
13 Vo v. Gee
2:16-cv-15639-ILRL-MBN (E.D. La.)
Filed 10/18/2016 - Closed 2018
Department of Health and Hospitals for the State of Louisiana
Immigration and/or the Border
Public Benefits / Government Services
IM-LA-0017
Coding Complete
On October 18, 2016, a Louisiana naturalized citizen filed this lawsuit against the State of Louisiana in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for denying his constitutional rights to marriage. Proceeding under 42 U.S.C. §1983, the plaintiff challenged the constitutionality of Louisiana’s Act 436, which required all ... [view]
14 Batalla Vidal v. Nielsen
1:16-cv-04756 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 08/25/2016 - Case Ongoing
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0051
Coding Complete
On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court upheld the 9th Circuit's decision in this case that the Trump Administration acted unlawfully when it rescinded DACA, because its reasons for rescission were insufficient.
On August 25, 2016, a Mexican-born Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient living in New York filed this suit against U ... [view]
15 Doe v. Johnson [later Kelly, Nielsen]
4:15-cv-00250-DCB (D. Ariz.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Border Patrol
Tucson Sector
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0021
Coding Complete
This is a class action about conditions of confinement in the "hold rooms" used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for short-term detention of noncitizens apprehended near the border. The case deals with all the hold rooms in the Tucson Sector, which consists of nine "stations" covering most of Arizona and accounted for 18% of all ... [view]
16 American Immigration Council v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
14-cv-8403 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 10/21/2014 - Closed 2017
United States Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0050
Coding Complete
On October 21, 2014, the American Immigration Council, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and American Civil Liberties Union filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) under the Freedom of Information Act (“ ... [view]
17 M.S.P.C. v. Johnson
1:14-cv-01437 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/22/2014 - Closed 2015
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0021
Coding Complete
On August 22, 2014, mothers and children from El Salvador and Honduras, who were held in a detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, ... [view]
18 Jane Doe #1 v. Rich Hobson
2:13-cv-00079-WKW-CSC (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 02/07/2013 - Closed
Alabama Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AL-0008
Coding Complete
On February 7, 2013, four immigrants born in Mexico with prior arrests for alleged violations of an Alabama state law prohibiting fishing without a license filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiffs sued the Alabama Department of Homeland Security ("ADHS") and Alabama's ... [view]
19 Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer
2:12-cv-02546 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 11/29/2012 - Closed 2018
State of Arizona
Motor Vehicle Division
Immigration and/or the Border
Public Benefits / Government Services
IM-AZ-0019
Coding Complete
Plaintiffs--young undocumented immigrants residing in Arizona--filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Declaratory Judgment Act against the State of Arizona and the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on Nov. 29, 2012. Represented by the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project and the Mexican American ... [view]
20 Central Alabama Fair Housing Center v. Magee
2:11-cv-982-MHT (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 11/18/2011 - Closed 2014
State of Alabama
Alabama Revenue Commission
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
FH-AL-0008
Coding Complete
On November 18, 2011, two undocumented Mexican immigrants and three Alabama fair housing groups filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the State of Alabama. The plaintiffs, represented by the National ... [view]
21 Lowcountry Immigration Coalition v. Haley
2:11-cv-02779 (D.S.C.)
Filed 10/12/2011 - Closed
The State of South Carolina
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-SC-0001
Coding Complete
On October 12, 2011, a coalition of immigrant rights groups and individual immigrants filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division, against the State of Carolina and Charleston County. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of South Carolina, the national ACLU's Immigrants' Rights ... [view]
22 Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama v. Governor of Alabama
5:11-cv-02484-SLB (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 07/08/2011 - Closed 2013
State Superintendent of Education
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AL-0006
Coding Complete
On July 8, 2011, a group of non-profit organizations and individual plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, under 42 U.S.C. §1983, against the governor of Alabama and several other state and county officials. The plaintiffs, represented by public interest attorneys from the ACLU, ... [view]
23 Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights v. Deal
1:11–CV–1804–TWT (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 06/02/2011 - Closed 2013
Governor of the State of Georgia
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-GA-0007
Coding Complete
On June 2, 2011, Plaintiffs filed a class action against the Governor of Georgia and other state officials under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division. Plaintiffs are nonprofit organizations, business associations, and individuals. Plaintiffs challenged Georgia's ... [view]
24 Buquer v. City of Indianapolis
1:11-cv-00708-SEB-MJD (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 05/25/2011 - Closed 2013
City of Indianapolis
Metropolitan Police Department
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-IN-0002
Coding Complete
On May 25, 2011, three foreign residents of Indiana filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, against the cities of Indianapolis and Franklin and the counties of Marion and Johnson. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of Indiana, the national ACLU's Immigrants' Rights ... [view]
25 Utah Coalition of La Raza v. Herbert
2:11-cv-00401 (D. Utah)
Filed 05/03/2011 - Closed 2015
The State of Utah
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-UT-0002
Coding Complete
On May 3, 2011, a coalition of immigrant rights groups and individual immigrants filed this class action lawsuit against the State of Utah in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division, challenging the state's immigration-enforcement law, House Bill 497 (HB 497). HB 497 was a severe, anti-immigrant law that criminalized ... [view]
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