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New U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines on Immigration Are a Mixed Bag

Written by on April 28, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
New U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines on Immigration Are a Mixed Bag

Earlier this month, the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted to change the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which in some cases will lead to increased sentences for those convicted of “Unlawfully Entering or Remaining in the United States” or “Smuggling, Transporting, or Harboring an Unlawful Alien.” However, the USSC did not adopt all of their initially proposed […]

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New Data Sheds Light on Sprawling, Often For-Profit, Immigration Detention System

Written by on April 26, 2016 in Detention with 0 Comments
New Data Sheds Light on Sprawling, Often For-Profit, Immigration Detention System

It is easy to forget at times just how sprawling and labyrinthine the U.S. immigration detention system truly is. But this is an important fact to keep in mind. Due to the sheer size and complexity of the detention system, detainees are easily “lost” to their family members and attorneys. At any time, with no […]

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Berks Detention Center Employee Convicted of Sexual Assault of Young Honduran Mother

Written by on April 15, 2016 in Abuses, Detention with 0 Comments
Berks Detention Center Employee Convicted of Sexual Assault of Young Honduran Mother

A judge in Pennsylvania this week sentenced Daniel Sharkey, a 41-year-old former counselor at the Berks County Residential Center, to six to twenty three months of jail time. Sharkey previously worked at the county-run detention center for children and their parents. His sentence came down after he pled guilty to three counts of institutional sexual […]

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Custom and Border Protection Use–of-Force Data Raises More Questions

Written by on April 13, 2016 in Abuses, Enforcement with 1 Comment
Custom and Border Protection Use–of-Force Data Raises More Questions

Use-of-force by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 declined more than 26 percent compared with the previous year, according to statistics released last week by CBP. During FY 2015, which ended in September of last year, CBP reported 756 uses-of-force, down from the 1,037 in FY 2014 and 1,215 […]

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These Two States Are Pushing Back on Private Immigration Detention

Written by on April 12, 2016 in Detention, State and Local with 0 Comments
These Two States Are Pushing Back on Private Immigration Detention

Immigration detention is being addressed at the state and local level in a variety of ways. In Indiana, local advocates are opposing a new private detention facility, and in California, legislators are attempting to limit private detention and enforce national detention standards. California State Senator Ricardo Lara recently introduced the “Dignity not Detention Act” (SB […]

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When Immigrants Are Deported Without Their Belongings or IDs, They Are Placed in Even Greater Danger

Written by on April 7, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
When Immigrants Are Deported Without Their Belongings or IDs, They Are Placed in Even Greater Danger

26 Mexican nationals say the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deported them from the El Paso Border Patrol sector, which covers West Texas and all of New Mexico, without their identification, money, cell phones and other possessions, exposing them to greater danger in Mexico and making it nearly impossible to contact friends and family or get […]

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Over 150 Groups Demand Obama Administration Stop Immigration Raids

Written by on April 1, 2016 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Over 150 Groups Demand Obama Administration Stop Immigration Raids

Last month the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that since the end of January they have been conducting “Operation Border Guardian,” which has been focusing on the removal of individuals who came to the United States as unaccompanied children after January, 1, 2014, but are now 18 or older. As of March 9, DHS […]

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Religious Leaders, Formerly Detained Families, and Advocates Protest Family Detention at White House

Written by on March 28, 2016 in Detention, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Religious Leaders, Formerly Detained Families, and Advocates Protest Family Detention at White House

Protesters gathered in Lafayette Square just across from the White House on Monday. The protest coincided with the 138th annual White House Easter Egg roll. As families inside enjoyed the annual White House festivities, protesters outside the gates highlighted the plight of detained immigrant families. On a day filled with tradition and meaning for so […]

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Customs and Border Protection Releases Independent Review of Its Complaints System

Written by on March 24, 2016 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 1 Comment
Customs and Border Protection Releases Independent Review of Its Complaints System

As part of its announced efforts to become more transparent and accountable, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just released the results of a review of its processes for handling allegations of employee misconduct. The review, which was conducted by an independent consulting firm and completed four months ago, yielded 19 findings and 62 recommendations. […]

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U.S. Sentencing Commission Proposes Further Criminalizing Migrants

U.S. Sentencing Commission Proposes Further Criminalizing Migrants

At a time when there is a great deal of national attention being placed on criminal-justice reform,  it is troubling that the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) is now proposing, new amendments to Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which could lead to increased sentences for those convicted of “Unlawfully Entering or Remaining in the United States” or “Smuggling, […]

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