Immigrant Justice & Rights
The fight for immigrants rights & justice is not just a fight for legislation. NNIRR has worked with our members and partners toward meaningful change in U.S. laws, policies and practices that violate the rights of immigrants in our communities while participating and often spearheading the deep transformational work within our diverse communities to build genuine alliances, bring communities together, and recognize the inter-connectedness of our common struggle for social, economic and racial justice in the U.S. and abroad.
We recently joined over 270 organizations from around the country in a petition to demand Temporary Protected Status for Central American refugees, a target of "selective" deportations launched by the Obama Administration shortly after January 1, 2016.
NNIRR has just launched a new multi-year initiative to focus on border justice--Just Borders. Human rights abuses at the US-Mexico border have been a particular concern for many, many years. Unfortunatley, while the Obama Administration has recently pushed forward certain reforms to handle some of the crisis points (guidelines on use deadly force by Border Patrol, handling of migrant children crossing into the US) fundamental policies of border militarization continue to dominate and shape the region. In the context of immigration reform, border militarization has continued to be used as one of the "trade offs" - a given in exchange to promises of legalization and other reforms. We hope to raise nationwide awreness about the situation at the border and US policies, build support for the tremendous organizing efforts to address immediate issues, and build a case to de-militarize the border, including slashing the border enforcement budget. Learn more about Just Borders here.
We continue to build capacity and lift up the work of local communities to roll back the punitive immigration policing regime-- including S-comm, 287(g), and the I-9 audits-- while working to build & strengthen the call for a generous legalization program that is free from onerous hurdles and offers real opportunities for communities to adjust their status.
Our initiatives include:
- Immigration Policy Reform: At the heart of NNIRR's very founding is the fight for essential rights and protections for all immigrants, regardless of immigration status. In this section we include news, updates, resources and tools. We also share some of the documents that have spelled out our framework, values, and positions over the years.
- HURRICANE: NNIRR initiated the "Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network", our abuse documentation initiative, to bring communities together to track, monitor, and document stories of human rights abuses as part of a community organizing strategy to get the changes we want. While NNIRR is not actively collecting stories at present, HURRICANE continues to offer practical tools for communities to participate in abuse documentation and story-collection to help build community leadership, strengthen capacity, and build grassroots power. Read more about HURRICANE here.
- 100 Stories Project: Hundreds of community members around the country have reported abuses and shared their stories through the 100 Stories Project, at the heart of the HURRICANE initiative. The 100 Stories Project has offered community members, families, organizers, advocates and allies a way to tell their stories, gather community testimonies and report human rights abuses to demand redress and justice. Interview a community member, neighbor, co-worker about how immigration policing has impacted them.| Entreviste a un miembro de su comunidad, vecin@, colega acerca de como ha sido impactado por la politica de inmigracion.
- Campaigns & Partnerships: NNIRR supports a number of national campaigns that address the rights of immigrant workers and community members, including the Prison Divestment Campaign (Enlace), Dignity not Detention (DWN), Drop the I-word, End Racial Profiling: Face the Truth (RWG), Caring Across Generations (NDWA), and Turning the Tide: from Hate to Human Rights (NDLON).
Report on detention: NNIRR, with the Advocates for Human Rights and the Rights Working Group submitted this report to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, outlining key concerns and issues for detained migrants in the U.S. Read the report here.
- Know Your Rights video (bilingual), produced by CHIRLA.
- Factsheet: Immigration Trends Overview (Nov 2011)
- Factsheet: What does "Prosecutorial Discretion" mean for my community? (August 2011)
- NNIRR has compiled a reading list of various reports and useful articles on pressing issues for our movement and our communities. Check it out here.
- Community Resources and Information
- Deferred Action: a page with fact sheets, information and links about the Deferred Action process announced by the Obama Admininistration.