Archive for August, 2015

ICE Issuing Fewer Detainers, but Compliance With Enforcement Priorities in Question

ICE Issuing Fewer Detainers, but Compliance With Enforcement Priorities in Question

New data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) shows that while the government’s use of detainers is decreasing, the number of detainers issued for individuals without criminal convictions remains high. TRAC’s report, released last Friday, looks at Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) use of detainers in April 2015, the most recent month for […]

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ICE’s Transfer of Transgender Women to Remote Detention Facility Raises Grave Concerns

Written by on August 28, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
ICE’s Transfer of Transgender Women to Remote Detention Facility Raises Grave Concerns

Earlier this summer, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced new policies regarding transgender adult detainees in its custody—policies that were intended to provide a “respectful, safe and secure environment for all detainees.” While some of the announced policies were well-received, many advocates identified serious shortcomings, including the continued allowance of solitary confinement and insufficient details […]

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Immigration Courts Desperately Need More Judges

Written by on August 27, 2015 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Immigration Courts Desperately Need More Judges

Although this year’s presidential primary contests are dominated by the topic of immigration, the focus is on politically charged, hot-button issues like border walls and birthright citizenship. And while the media remains transfixed by the inflammatory rhetoric of some candidates, more mundane yet equally important problems go unaddressed. Case in point: immigration court backlogs. While […]

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Newly-Released Government Docs Reveal Dangerous Flaws in Immigration Detention Contracting

Written by on August 26, 2015 in Detention with 0 Comments
Newly-Released Government Docs Reveal Dangerous Flaws in Immigration Detention Contracting

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) released government documents this month that expose the severe lack of accountability in the immigration detention system. NIJC’s Immigration Detention Transparency and Human Rights Project publicly posted 90 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracts and inspections from 2012 after a four-year legal battle to obtain the documents through […]

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Where GOP Candidates and the Public Part Ways on Immigration

Written by on August 25, 2015 in Elections, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Where GOP Candidates and the Public Part Ways on Immigration

While some politicians on the campaign trail dial-up the anti-immigrant rhetoric and rehash old debates around birthright citizenship and mass deportation, the majority of America is unmoved. According to the Pew Research Center’s recent breakdown of their extensive public polling on immigration, and even more recent Gallup poll data, most of the U.S. public remains […]

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Government Ordered to Promptly Release Children From Family Detention

Written by on August 24, 2015 in Detention, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Government Ordered to Promptly Release Children From Family Detention

In a decision issued Friday, a district court in California ruled yet again that the government is violating a long-standing settlement agreement protecting the rights of children in immigration detention. Advocates for immigrant children went to court in February to argue that the government’s family detention centers violate the Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, which […]

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Birthright Citizenship: What It Is and Why We Need to Preserve It

Written by on August 21, 2015 in Birthright Citizenship with 3 Comments
Birthright Citizenship: What It Is and Why We Need to Preserve It

There has been a media frenzy over one of the more draconian components of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump’s immigration policy platform. In his plan, released earlier this week, he writes that the U.S. should “End Birthright Citizenship.” However, despite the attention Trump is getting for this, he is not the first—nor the last—to suggest […]

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New Report Shines Light on the Changing Nature of Unauthorized Immigration

Written by on August 20, 2015 in Demographics with 0 Comments
New Report Shines Light on the Changing Nature of Unauthorized Immigration

The nature of unauthorized immigration to the United States is changing. Economic and social conditions are changing in both the United States and the countries from which it has traditionally received immigrants. And these changes are reflected in patterns of unauthorized immigration. In a new report, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) quantifies these changes and […]

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States Continue to Expand Access to Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Written by on August 19, 2015 in State and Local with 1 Comment
States Continue to Expand Access to Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Currently, ten states and the District of Columbia offer driver’s licenses to undocumented residents of their states who can meet certain requirements. Two additional states, Hawaii and Delaware, passed similar laws this year, with others also beginning their pursuit of this practical public safety and economic policy. For example, a bill was introduced in the […]

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Is In-Country Processing a Genuine Humanitarian Solution for Central American Refugee Children?

Written by on August 18, 2015 in Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Is In-Country Processing a Genuine Humanitarian Solution for Central American Refugee Children?

Amidst last year’s uptick in arrivals of mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America, the Administration responded, in part, by ramping up family detention, increasing incentives to the Mexican government to interdict and deport Central Americans before they arrive at the U.S. border and upping development dollars to Northern Triangle countries. In […]

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