As the Trump administration ramps up its efforts to deport people who are in the United States illegally, Borealis Philanthropy has announced the re-launch of the Immigration Litigation Fund, a national donor collaborative whose aim is to ensure that the nation's immigration enforcement system is fair and humane and prioritizes the civil and human rights of those vulnerable to deportation or exclusion.
To that end, the fund will support impact litigation as a tool for achieving public policy reforms and a shift in public attitudes with respect to immigration issues. In 2019, the fund will prioritize investment in litigation that challenges discriminatory, unlawful, and overly punitive immigration enforcement policies and practices, as well as efforts to exclude certain immigrants from entering the country.
A collaborative effort of the Ford, JPB, NoVo, Reis, and Open Society foundations, as well as a number of anonymous donors, ILF will prioritize investment in areas of the country with limited access to legal resources and/or underrepresented communities.
"Impact litigation is a critical strategy to hold the government accountable and shine a light on injustices within the immigration enforcement system that the public would not otherwise know about," said Open Society Foundations program officer Ivy Suriyopas. "The lawsuits, advocacy, and legal services supported by this fund protect the integrity of our courts, the rule of law, and each person's fair day in court."
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