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New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) sheds little light on the ongoing debate around who does and does not get deported from the United States. The report would have us believe that the federal government is knowingly letting tens of thousands of violent foreign-born criminals go free. It’s certainly a sensational [...]

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Nuevo Informe Examina Peso de Casos de Inmigración en Tribunales Federales

Nuevo Informe Examina Peso de Casos de Inmigración en Tribunales Federales

Mientras que el gobierno de Obama afirma que sus esfuerzos en la aplicación de las leyes de inmigración se centran en la aprehensión de delincuentes y terroristas peligrosos, las estadísticas federales indican que una gran cantidad de tiempo, esfuerzo y dinero se dedica a detener y deportar inmigrantes que no representan una amenaza para nadie. [...]

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New Report Analyzes Immigration Cases Clogging Federal Courts

Written by on March 21, 2014 in Administration, Courts, Crime, Undocumented Immigration with 1 Comment
New Report Analyzes Immigration Cases Clogging Federal Courts

While the Obama administration claims that its immigration-enforcement efforts are focused on the apprehension of dangerous criminals and terrorists, federal statistics indicate that a great deal of time, effort, and money are devoted to locking up and deporting immigrants who aren’t a threat to anyone. In fact, a large number of deportees have only committed [...]

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Can We Really Deport Justin Bieber for That?

Written by on January 17, 2014 in Crime, Deportation, Enforcement with 2 Comments
Can We Really Deport Justin Bieber for That?

As lawmakers continue to debate immigration reform, Justin Bieber may have provided us with an excellent opportunity to examine how aggressive and unforgiving our deportation system has become. Police raided Bieber’s Los Angeles mansion following allegations that he egged his neighbor’s house. Police also found drugs in his home. This is the latest in a [...]

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New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

There is little to cheer in the new deportation statistics released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While the numbers document a 10 percent decline in the total number of deportations compared to last year, they also reveal the extent to which immigration enforcement resources are still devoted to apprehending, detaining, and deporting individuals [...]

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New Reports Expose Subculture of Cruelty Within the U.S. Border Patrol

New Reports Expose Subculture of Cruelty Within the U.S. Border Patrol

There is a subculture of cruelty within the Border Patrol—and, more broadly, within the entire machinery of the U.S. deportation regime. From the ranks of frontline Border Patrol agents to the guards in private, for-profit detention facilities, the abuse of detainees is widely tolerated and even accepted. This is the central finding to emerge from [...]

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The Punishment Should Fit the Crime for Immigrants, Too

The Punishment Should Fit the Crime for Immigrants, Too

The punishment should fit the crime. That maxim is as old as law itself, dating at least as far back as the Old Testament and Hammurabi’s Code.  It’s firmly rooted in our Constitution’s Due Process Clause and the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishment. That principle—referred to as proportionality—appears in [...]

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Report: ICE Officers Fail to Report Some Sex Abuse Claims

Report: ICE Officers Fail to Report Some Sex Abuse Claims

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers failed to report numerous allegations of sexual abuse over the last four years, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Between October 2009 to March 2013, ICE headquarters received reports of  215 allegations of sexual abuse and assault, but a GAO audit of 10 of [...]

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New York’s Highest Court Says that Noncitizens Must Be Warned of Deportation Risk Before Pleading Guilty

Written by on November 21, 2013 in Courts, Crime, Deportation, Detention, Immigration Law with 0 Comments
New York’s Highest Court Says that Noncitizens Must Be Warned of Deportation Risk Before Pleading Guilty

The highest court in New York ruled on Tuesday that due process compels state court judges to warn defendants in criminal proceedings who are not U.S. citizens that pleading guilty to a felony may result in their deportation. The court noted that “deportation is a plea consequence of such tremendous importance, grave impact and frequent [...]

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Detention Bed Mandate is Just One Example of How Immigration is Being Criminalized

Detention Bed Mandate is Just One Example of How Immigration is Being Criminalized

For more than a century, study after study has confirmed two simple yet powerful truths about the relationship between immigration and crime: immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are not associated with higher rates of either violent or property crime. Unfortunately, [...]

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