Detention

Court Reportedly Set to Order End to Detention of Children in Unlicensed Family Facilities

Written by on May 14, 2015 in Courts, Detention with 1 Comment
Court Reportedly Set to Order End to Detention of Children in Unlicensed Family Facilities

In February, advocates went to court to argue that the government’s family detention centers violate the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, which set minimum standards for the detention, release and treatment of children subject to immigration detention. In response, government attorneys claimed that the Flores settlement should not apply to children in family detention. […]

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Two Moms Spend Mother’s Day Traveling to Immigration Family Detention Center

Written by on May 13, 2015 in Detention with 0 Comments
Two Moms Spend Mother’s Day Traveling to Immigration Family Detention Center

By Karen Lucas, Legislative Associate at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Beth Werlin, Policy Director at the American Immigration Council. On Mother’s Day morning, we said goodbye to our own children in order to visit with some other moms—courageous Central American moms fleeing persecution and detained with their children in south Texas. The facility we […]

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Reports: Detention Doesn’t Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to United States

Written by on May 8, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Detention with 0 Comments
Reports: Detention Doesn’t Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to United States

In 2009, the Obama Administration ended family detention at the infamous T. Don Hutto jail in Texas and cut the number of immigrants in family detention to less than a hundred. However, after the surge of Central American migrants last summer, the Administration reinstituted the appalling practice of family detention, with plans to detain 2,760 […]

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Mothers and Children Suffer In Immigration Detention While Administration Makes its Point

Written by on April 27, 2015 in Administration, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Mothers and Children Suffer In Immigration Detention While Administration Makes its Point

Estrella is a four-year-old girl who has been locked-up in U.S. detention centers for over eight months or one fifth of her life. She is chronically ill and has been hospitalized for acute bronchitis. She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder with anxiety, and major depressive episode. Her mother, Melida, watches her […]

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Private Prison Industry Lobbies for Detention of Immigrants

Written by on April 22, 2015 in Detention, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 1 Comment
Private Prison Industry Lobbies for Detention of Immigrants

Since 2009, Congress has instructed the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain 34,000 beds in immigrant detention facilities across the country, a policy known as “the bed mandate.” This mandate costs the American taxpayer $5.05 million per day–or $159 a day per immigrant detainee. A new report released this week by Grassroots Leadership […]

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Faith Leaders Visit Immigrant Detention Center as Mothers Begin Hunger Strike

Written by on March 31, 2015 in Detention, Faith, Family with 1 Comment
Faith Leaders Visit Immigrant Detention Center as Mothers Begin Hunger Strike

Faith leaders from around the country visited the Dilley family detention center in Texas just days before mothers in the Karnes detention facility, another Texas family detention center located less than 100 miles from Dilley, began a hunger strike. Shortly after their visit last week, the clerics declared family detention to be “inhumane and harmful […]

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Government Claims Children in Family Detention Centers Are Not Entitled to Protections

Written by on March 18, 2015 in Children, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Government Claims Children in Family Detention Centers Are Not Entitled to Protections

The outcry against the detention of children and women seeking protection from violence continues. Just yesterday, over 95 national and local civil rights, human rights, immigrants’ rights, and religious organizations sent a letter to President Obama outlining the mounting criticism of family detention and urging the Administration to follow a recent federal court decision denouncing […]

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Court Orders DHS to Stop Detaining Mothers and Children to Deter Future Immigration Flow

Written by on February 24, 2015 in Courts, Department of Homeland Security, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Court Orders DHS to Stop Detaining Mothers and Children to Deter Future Immigration Flow

In June 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began implementing a border security policy of detaining nearly all mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. DHS vastly increased its detention capacity for families to “send the message unequivocally that if you come here you will be turned around.” But last Friday, […]

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The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

Detaining immigrant children is nothing new. In 1997, the government settled a lawsuit, Flores v. Reno, about the inhumane treatment of immigrant children held in detention. The settlement agreement said officials would follow a set of minimum national standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children subject to immigration detention. That agreement is still […]

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New York Times Exposes ‘Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps’

Written by on February 9, 2015 in Administration, Detention, Family, USCIS with 1 Comment
New York Times Exposes ‘Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps’

The New York Times details the government’s dangerous and expanding practice of detaining women and children who have recently crossed our southwest border in the magazine’s cover story this weekend “The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps.” The facility the Times describes in Artesia, New Mexico, has since been shuttered, but the newly opened Dilley […]

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