“How Did We Get Here?” Video Series

The immigration and criminal legal system have worked together to target, incarcerate, and deport thousands of immigrants every year. But how did we get here? How has the United States been able to create the largest immigration detention system in the world? Criminalizing Migration For decades, the laws that make migration a criminal offense have […]

DHS Enforcement of Deportation Priorities Explainer

On September 30, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memo on its immigration“enforcement priorities” – creating three main categories of people who will be targeted for arrest,detention, and deportation. This Memo went into effect on November 29, 2021 and will replace the priormemos issued by the Biden administration on its detention and deportation […]

Strategic Plan Executive Summary 2020-2024

The Immigrant Justice Network (IJN) is a leading advocacy voice against the criminalization of immigrants in the United States. Grounded in racial justice values, we build power to defend the dignity of all immigrants. This document details our strategic plan for 2020-2024.


Ngày 30 tháng 9, Bộ An Ninh Nội Địa (DHS) ban hành một công văn về “những ưu tiên trục xuất” của chính quyền Biden – liệt kê thể loại những người sẽ trở thành mục tiêu bắt bớ, giam giữ và trục xuất. Công văn này sẽ có hiệu lực vào ngày 29 tháng […]

What is the Immigration Proposal in the House Build Back Better Bill? (Work Permits, Parole, Plan C)? What are its Limitations?

The immigration proposal being advanced by the Democrats grants “parole” under immigration law to a limited group of immigrants without status. This explainer breaks down the immigration proposal and its limitations.

Informe: Memorando de las Prioridades de Deportación

El 30 de septiembre, el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) emitió un memorando sobre las“prioridades de deportación” de inmigración de la administración Biden, que enumera las categorías depersonas que serán objeto de arresto, detención y deportación. Este memorando entrará en efecto el 29 denoviembre de 2021 y reemplazará los memorandos anteriores emitidos por la administración […]

DHS Deportation Priorities Memo Explainer

On September 30, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memo on the Biden administration’s “deportation priorities” – listing categories of people who will be targeted for arrest, detention, and deportation. This Memo will go into effect on November 29, 2021 and will replace the prior memos issued by the Biden administration on its […]

New Way Forward Backgrounder

Harsh immigration laws disproportionately lead to the targeting, jailing, and destruction of families of color. Anti-immigrant laws passed in 1996 drove mass incarceration and mass deportation of people of color. A harmful law passed by a white supremacist Senator in 1929 has also enabled significant abuses in recent years, from “assembly-line” hearings of shackled people, […]

New Way Forward: Messaging in the Moment

In the midst of a global pandemic, immigrants in the United States are locked in immigration detention centers, where they face escalating exposure to COVID-19 in inhumane conditions. The New Way Forward Act (HR 5383) is a powerful step towards dismantling our abusive immigration system.

We Keep Us Safe: Tips for Immigrant Protestors and Jail Support

10 Things to Know for Immigrant Protestors & Jail Support

Mandatory Detention Backgrounder

For decades, immigration authorities have relied on “mandatory detention” to justify some of the most egregious due process and humanitarian violations that have occurred in the immigration system. This is in part why there are a number of bills such as the New Way Forward Act and the Dignity Not Detention Act that have been […]