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New Book Documents 10 Years of Operation Streamline

New Book Documents 10 Years of Operation Streamline

For more than 10 years, the federal government has operated a program in federal courts along the Southwest border targeting unauthorized border crossers for criminal prosecution. The program, known as Operation Streamline, has long been criticized for its group hearings—up to 75 people at once—that provide little or no due process to those processed through […]

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Supreme Court to Consider Whether DHS Can Subject Noncitizens to Prolonged, Mandatory Detention

Supreme Court to Consider Whether DHS Can Subject Noncitizens to Prolonged, Mandatory Detention

Last month, the Supreme Court announced that, in fall 2016, it will hear arguments in Jennings v. Rodriguez, a challenge to the prolonged detention of noncitizens in removal proceedings. At issue is whether the government can keep a noncitizen who is fighting her deportation case locked up for however long the notoriously lengthy proceedings last, […]

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Ninth Circuit Decision Should Prompt End to Family Detention

Written by on July 8, 2016 in Detention, Due Process & the Courts with 0 Comments
Ninth Circuit Decision Should Prompt End to Family Detention

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the Flores Settlement (a 1997 agreement that set legal standards for the detention and release of immigrant children) applies to both unaccompanied and accompanied minors. The Court also found that neither Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) detention and release policies at existing family detention centers nor the ICE […]

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Senate Rejects Two Anti-Immigrant Bills Before It Goes out on Recess

Written by on July 7, 2016 in Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
Senate Rejects Two Anti-Immigrant Bills Before It Goes out on Recess

This week, the Senate defeated cloture on motions to proceed—a motion to begin debate—on two “Sanctuary City” bills sponsored by Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Both bills take an enforcement-only approach to immigration reform and fail to address the nation’s outdated immigration laws or the need to enact comprehensive reforms. Senator […]

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Government Reverses Policy on Using Border Agents as Translators

Written by on July 5, 2016 in Border Enforcement with 0 Comments
Government Reverses Policy on Using Border Agents as Translators

In December 2012, then acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) David Aguilar had announced a policy restricting his agencies’ officers and agents from acting as interpreters for state or local law enforcement agencies—which had become a common practice along the northern and southern borders. However, just last month, current CBP Commissioner, Gil Kerlikowske reversed […]

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Photographic Evidence of Conditions in CBP’s Short-Term Detention Facilities “Hieleras” Revealed

Written by on June 30, 2016 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Photographic Evidence of Conditions in CBP’s Short-Term Detention Facilities “Hieleras” Revealed

A judge in Arizona unsealed photographs central to ongoing litigation challenging deplorable and unconstitutional conditions in Border Patrol’s short-term detention facilities in the Tucson Sector. The never-before-seen-photos show the inside of facilities known as “hieleras” or ice-boxes—a term coined by those held in the frigid concrete cells. The underlying case is Jane Doe, et al. […]

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Comparing the House and Senate Plans to Fund Immigration Agencies

Written by on June 22, 2016 in Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
Comparing the House and Senate Plans to Fund Immigration Agencies

The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committees unveiled and passed out of committee their budgets for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which begins on October 1, 2016. Although the House and Senate have proposed funding some of the requests made by the President in his FY 2017 proposed budget, they did […]

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Paul Ryan’s New Border Security Plan Is More of the Same

Paul Ryan’s New Border Security Plan Is More of the Same

This week Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced his national security agenda, which included a plan to “secure the border.” As part of that plan, Speaker Ryan says, “America must secure the border once and for all by accelerating the deployment of fencing, technology, air assets, and personnel.” Ryan’s plan is […]

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This Lawsuit Seeks to Determine Whether Customs and Border Protection Has Improved Its Complaint System

Written by on June 6, 2016 in Abuses, Due Process & the Courts, Enforcement with 0 Comments
This Lawsuit Seeks to Determine Whether Customs and Border Protection Has Improved Its Complaint System

Two years ago, the American Immigration Council released an analysis of data it had obtained from the Department of Homeland Security detailing an utter lack of responsiveness to complaints filed against agents employed by United States Border Patrol. In fact, the report, No Action Taken: Lack of CBP Accountability in Responding to Complaints of Abuse […]

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Detention of Transgender Immigrants Expanding with Texas Facility

Written by on June 3, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Detention of Transgender Immigrants Expanding with Texas Facility

The massive immigrant detention industry is still growing. According to officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the government is adding to its existing 637 facilities by opening a new privately-run detention center in Texas later this year. The 700-bed facility, which will be operated by the private prison corporation Emerald Correctional Management, includes a […]

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