AI Justice helps shape and advance policies that protect our borders while safeguarding the basic civil and constitutional rights of Americans. Staff fight for just and humane DHS policies and practices by filing lawsuits that change state and national laws; testifying before Congress; publishing groundbreaking reports that provide evidence of civil liberties violations; and media outreach.
A leader in nationwide efforts to pass the DREAM Act, AI Justice was instrumental in the Obama Administration’s adoption in June 2012 of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants who arrived as children to work and reside, at least temporarily, without fear of deportation.
Staff have won dozens of lawsuits over the years challenging unjust immigration policies and practices and have compelled the government to disclose information key to reforming our broken immigration system. In 2013, staff helped draft legislation introduced by Senator Boxer, requiring the humane treatment of thousands of immigrants held in substandard conditions along the Texas border. In late 2015 and early 2016, AI Justice won settlement agreements in two CBP-related federal court cases that have longstanding impact.
“I thank Americans for Immigrant Justice because when I thought that all was lost and that I would be deported from the Broward Detention Center (BTC) in Pompano Beach, they arrived with help. AI Justice supported me in my federal case against the U.S. government for the abuses I suffered in their detention centers in Texas, which I came to know as “hieleras” (ice boxes). I thank all those who make it possible for AI Justice to safeguard the rights of the helpless.”
-Alba, El Salvador