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Government Losing its License to Operate Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania

Government Losing its License to Operate Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania

On January 27, 2016, Pennsylvania state officials informed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that it would not renew and would revoke the operating license for the Berks County Residential Facility, the immigration detention center in Leesport, Pennsylvania, which jails mothers and children, often for extended periods of time. The current license will expire on […]

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Mothers Targeted in Immigration Raids and Still Detained Pen Letter to President Obama

Written by on January 28, 2016 in Detention, President Obama, Raids with 0 Comments
Mothers Targeted in Immigration Raids and Still Detained Pen Letter to President Obama

Seven mothers that have been held for four weeks in a family detention facility in Dilley, Texas penned a letter to President Obama asking him to release them and their children while they work through the immigration appeals process. These women and their kids were among those picked up and detained by Immigration and Customs […]

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Court Says Class Action Challenging Abusive Conditions in Hieleras Can Move Forward

Written by on January 13, 2016 in Courts, Customs and Border Protection, Detention with 0 Comments
Court Says Class Action Challenging Abusive Conditions in Hieleras Can Move Forward

A federal court in Tucson, Arizona held that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must answer allegations of horrific conditions experienced by individuals in Tucson Sector detention facilities (a.k.a. “hieleras”) along the southern border. In decisions handed down on January 11, the court decided that the case, Doe V. Johnson, may proceed as a class […]

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Giving the Immigration Facts a Fighting Chance

Giving the Immigration Facts a Fighting Chance

As we move through the 2016 presidential election cycle, the issue of immigration will continue to be a central topic of the debate. The United States is at a tipping point after more than two decades without meaningful upgrades to its immigration system. Current U.S. law does not provide sufficient channels for legal immigration and […]

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Due Process, Enforcement Reform and Family Unification Top Sanders’ Platform

Due Process, Enforcement Reform and Family Unification Top Sanders’ Platform

Senator Bernie Sanders, a contender for the Democratic nomination for President, recently released his updated and vastly expanded immigration platform. His initial plan was short on detail; however, this newly-released document takes a deeper dive and presents a set of solutions to some of the worst problems plaguing our outdated immigration system.

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Transfers of Detained Families Traumatizes Mothers and Children and Interferes with Access to Lawyers

Written by on November 24, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Children, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Transfers of Detained Families Traumatizes Mothers and Children and Interferes with Access to Lawyers

The government recently began transferring families who have been held in Texas to the Berks County Family Residential Facility in Pennsylvania. Not only have these sudden transfers traumatized many mothers and children, but they are interfering with the families’ access to their lawyers and are jeopardizing their right to a fair process for seeking asylum […]

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Temporary Restraining Order Against Texas Family Detention Centers Issued

Written by on November 2, 2015 in Detention, News Flash with 0 Comments
Temporary Restraining Order Against Texas Family Detention Centers Issued

On Friday, a Texas State Court Judge granted a temporary restraining order in Grassroots Leadership v. hs (TFPS) prohibiting TFPS from issuing licenses to family detention facilities in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas, under the emergency regulations the Department issued in September. Both Texas and Pennsylvania’s family detention facilities have come under heightened scrutiny since […]

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Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families?

Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families?

In the discussion around family detention, little attention has been paid to the fact that states play an important role in licensing any facilities where children are cared for. That role has come under heightened scrutiny since federal judge Dolly M. Gee ruled in August that, under the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, children […]

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ICE Detention System Still Lacks Transparency and Accountability, Says Report

Written by on October 23, 2015 in Detention, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 0 Comments
ICE Detention System Still Lacks Transparency and Accountability, Says Report

After 9/11, the immigration detention system in the United States began to expand dramatically, with very little in the way of transparency or accountability as to how the system operated or what happened to the people who were detained. Not surprisingly, stories began to surface of human rights abuses suffered by detainees at the hands […]

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Immigration Courts Have New Rules Governing Legal Representation Processes

Immigration Courts Have New Rules Governing Legal Representation Processes

Last week, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced changes to the regulations governing legal representation in immigration court and at the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Every year, thousands of immigrants are forced to represent themselves in immigration court. The changes are intended to increase representation of immigrants who are facing deportation – […]

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