Programs & Issues
We promote a just immigration and refugee policy in the U.S and defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees.

U.S. Immigration Issues and Resources

As part of a global movement for social and economic justice, NNIRR is committed to human rights as essential to securing healthy, safe and peaceful lives for all.

The Issues

Information, resources and advocacy on current issues related to U.S. immigration policy in the Biden administration era.
Covid-19, the Coronavirus, is wreaking havoc across the globe -- an international health pandemic on a significant scale.
The Trump Administration’s proposed expanded “public charge” rule would undermine access to health care, nutrition, housing, and economic security for low-income immigrant families. It would put “wealth” in front of fair access to family reunification.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has just issued a report revealing that there were many more children separated from their families than had been previously acknowledged by the Administration — likely significantly more. And there are still missing records about them or there whereabouts.
Defend DACA! Legalization for All!
HURRICANE is a model for community-based human rights abuse documentation, offering the tools to begin genuine dialogue and engage community members and leaders in a process to document abuses as an organizing strategy to advocate for change.

International Migrant Rights & Global Justice

NNIRR advances international migrant rights with civil society partners. We advocate for global human rights policies and protections for migrants and refugees, and press for multilateral measures to address the root causes of migration, including climate change. 

The Issues

On Dec. 10, 2018, 164 countries approved the "Global Compact for Migration" (GCM) in Marrakech, Morocco. The GCM was a carefully negotiated document that is an important contribution towards shifting the global narrative on migration towards respecting the human rights of all migrants and stressing adherence to international laws.
On December 18, the international community recognizes and celebrates the rights of migrants around the world.
Please join the NNIRR in seeking ratification of the UN Convention on the Protection of Rights for All Migrant workers and Members of Their Families, also known as the Migrant Workers Convention or “MWC”.
NNIRR has worked tirelessly alongside partners and allies from the migrant rights and global labor movement around the world to insist on a voice for migrants, to centralize the human rights framework, address migrant abuse and injustice, advance labor protections and workers’ rights, and argue for people-centered development.

Seeking Border Justice​

NNIRR supports transformational organizing on the US-Mexico borderlands, and partners with grassroots communities and frontline voices to re-envision immigration and border governance from a human rights framework.

The Issues

Analyses suggest that the US Border Patrol’s attempts to control migration, especially through intensified militarization, have not decreased the number of migrants but instead led to an increase in the deaths of migrants.
Research suggests that the US Border Patrol’s attempts to control migration, especially through intensified militarization, have not decreased the number of migrants but has instead led to a humanitarian crisis of an increase in the number of migrant deaths.
As border security and enforcement have become established within political circles as necessary precursors to enacting paths to citizenship for incoming migrants, the border tech realm has expanded dramatically.
Within the framework of the “Immigration Industrial Complex,” corporate interests have become interconnected with immigration and border enforcement policy and legislation.
Organizations actively working for just and humane border practices in the United States and Mexico.
The militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border has also meant a multiplication of Border Patrol personnel, an increase in detention centers, expedited removal of undocumented immigrants, and an outsourcing of many of these services to private contractors.
Though the Border Patrol was established in 1924, and some militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border region occurred prior to recent decades, it has been in the years following the 9/11 catastrophe that the border has been subjected to unprecedented military escalations.
The specter of a “crisis” has often been invoked to describe the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Thousands of migrant children, also known as "unaccompanied minors," have crossed into the U.S. across the border from Mexico.