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New Family Detention Facility Opens in Dilley, Texas, Despite Due Process Problems

New Family Detention Facility Opens in Dilley, Texas, Despite Due Process Problems

The Department of Homeland Security opened the largest immigrant family detention center in Dilley, Texas this week. The privately owned facility is designed to house 2,400 people—mostly women and children—who are caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The opening of this detention center reflects the administration’s continuing commitment to its flawed deterrence policy, which it began […]

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Congress-Passed Spending Bill Leaves DHS in Limbo

Congress-Passed Spending Bill Leaves DHS in Limbo

Following the close vote in the House last week, the Senate passed a spending bill 56-40 on Saturday to fund most of the government for the next year and avoid a government shutdown. Excluded from that full-year deal is the Department of Homeland Security, which is only funded until February 27 under the so-called “cromnibus” […]

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DHS Grants Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone

DHS Grants Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced today that he has designated Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the next 18 months because of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This 18-month protected status means that eligible citizens from these three countries will not be deported from the U.S. while […]

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DHS Announces the Transfer of Immigrant Families from Artesia to New Facility

DHS Announces the Transfer of Immigrant Families from Artesia to New Facility

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it plans to close the detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, where immigrant mothers and children currently are jailed. The closure of Artesia comes with the opening of a permanent, drastically larger family detention center in Dilley, Texas. Rather than be released, the immigrants—most of whom fled […]

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After Years of Bipartisan Advocacy, DHS Will Expedite Haitian Family Reunification

Written by on October 24, 2014 in Department of Homeland Security, Visas with 0 Comments
After Years of Bipartisan Advocacy, DHS Will Expedite Haitian Family Reunification

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week announced a new Haitian Family Reunification Parole program to allow certain Haitians facing years-long waits for visas to come early and work in the United States. The program responds to bipartisan requests from legislators since the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010. More than 100,000 Haitians have […]

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Corte Federal Niega Desestimar Caso de Ciudadana de Cuatro Años Deportada por CBP

Corte Federal Niega Desestimar Caso de Ciudadana de Cuatro Años Deportada por CBP

En 2011 una niña de cuatro años de edad fue detenida ilegalmente por oficiales de la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP) al llegar al aeropuerto de Dulles, en el estado de Virginia. Luego de detener a la menor, los oficiales de CBP no permitieron que la niña tuviera contacto […]

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Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Case of U.S. Citizen Girl Who Was Deported

Written by on October 10, 2014 in Courts, Department of Homeland Security, Deportation with 5 Comments
Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Case of U.S. Citizen Girl Who Was Deported

In 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), unlawfully detained a 4-year-old girl when she arrived at Dulles Airport in Virginia, deprived her of any contact with her parents, and then sent her back to Guatemala. The girl’s father subsequently filed a lawsuit on his daughter’s […]

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Reports of Sexual Abuse at Family Detention Center Follows History of Abuse Allegations

Reports of Sexual Abuse at Family Detention Center Follows History of Abuse Allegations

Immigrant women held at a Texas family detention facility allege that guards have sexually abused and harassed them, according to a complaint legal groups filed with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week. Lawyers say at least three employees at the Karnes County center “are suspected of engaging in harassment and sexual abuse in […]

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Latest Numbers Show Record-Breaking Deportations in 2013

Written by on October 6, 2014 in Department of Homeland Security, Deportation with 0 Comments
Latest Numbers Show Record-Breaking Deportations in 2013

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its immigration enforcement statistics for the 2013 fiscal year, which ended September 30. The Obama administration set another record for deportations, removing 438,421 individuals from the United States—up nearly 5 percent from the 418,397 removals in 2012. As MPI’s Marc Rosenblum told the New York Times, […]

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Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrants Held at Artesia Center

Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrants Held at Artesia Center

By Megan Jordi, legal director at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center The rule of law is only a mirage in the remote, dusty town of Artesia, New Mexico, where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is holding more than 600 Honduran, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan women and children. The children in the 278 families range from […]

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