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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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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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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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The Failings of Family Detention at Artesia

Written by on October 2, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
The Failings of Family Detention at Artesia

By Dree Collopy, partner at Benach Ragland LLP. The inhumanity of family detention and the danger of short-changing basic due process protections are on full display in the detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, where hundreds of women and children are being held by the U.S. government. The Washington Post reports this week on a tour […]

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Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrant Families Held at Karnes, Texas

Written by on September 26, 2014 in Deportation, Detention, Due Process with 0 Comments
Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrant Families Held at Karnes, Texas

This summer, tens of thousands of Central American families fled violence to the U.S. southern border. The administration responded by accelerating deportation proceedings, converting government facilities to family detention centers, and then prioritizing the detention and removal of families. First, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) turned the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, […]

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Immigration Bar Urges Congress, President to Shut Down Family Detention Center in Artesia

Written by on September 18, 2014 in Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Immigration Bar Urges Congress, President to Shut Down Family Detention Center in Artesia

This week, the nation’s largest association of immigration attorneys and professors sent a powerful letter to Congress and the President urging them to immediately close the family detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, where the U.S. currently detains women and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. The letter, signed by attorneys who have […]

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Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

Written by on September 16, 2014 in Customs and Border Protection, Detention with 2 Comments
Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

The deplorable conditions in U.S. Border Patrol—an agency within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—detention facilities have been widely documented in numerous media accounts and NGO reports and challenged in federal lawsuits. Immigrant children and other immigrants detained in these facilities—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” because of their cold temperatures—consistently describe extremely crowded holding cells […]

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Here Are Some of the Stories of Women Held at Artesia

Written by on August 27, 2014 in Deportation, Detention, Due Process with 1 Comment
Here Are Some of the Stories of Women Held at Artesia

The lawsuit filed last week by the American Immigration Council, the ACLU, the National Immigration Project, and the National Immigration Law Center challenging government deportation policies at the family detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, has shined a light on the deprivation of due process occurring there daily. On Tuesday, the New York Times called […]

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Growing Number of Localities Limit Detention of Immigrants

Growing Number of Localities Limit Detention of Immigrants

At least 14 counties in Oregon have stopped honoring detainer requests from federal immigration officials. Their decisions followed a federal court ruling that officials in Clackamas County “violated one woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities without probable cause,” according to the Oregonian. Maria Miranda-Olivares sued Clackamas County after she was held […]

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The Challenge of Measuring Immigration Enforcement in the United States

The Challenge of Measuring Immigration Enforcement in the United States

The effectiveness of immigration enforcement policies in the United States cannot simply be reduced to removal numbers. In other words, the system’s functionality and fairness cannot be determined by counting how many individuals a president deports each year. An honest analysis should include an understanding of what belies the numbers, as well as a look […]

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