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Why the Department of Homeland Security Should Also End Private Prison Contracts

Written by on August 19, 2016 in Asylum, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Why the Department of Homeland Security Should Also End Private Prison Contracts

For two years, women and children from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala have been fleeing to the United States to escape the extreme violence of gangs which control large swaths of territory within their home countries. And for two years the Obama Administration has responded to this humanitarian crisis by locking up the women and […]

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Lengthy Detention and Reprehensible Conditions in Border Patrol Facilities, New Evidence Shows

Written by on August 18, 2016 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Detention, Enforcement with 2 Comments
Lengthy Detention and Reprehensible Conditions in Border Patrol Facilities, New Evidence Shows

Each year, the Border Patrol—a division of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—holds hundreds of thousands of individuals in detention facilities near the U.S. southern border. These facilities are meant to hold individuals for a short time while they undergo initial processing and until a decision is made about the appropriate next step in their cases. […]

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Immigration Enforcement Still Missing the Mark on Detainers

Written by on August 17, 2016 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Immigration Enforcement Still Missing the Mark on Detainers

In November 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the end of the Secure Communities program and the launch of its replacement: the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). Under PEP, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claims to focus its efforts on apprehending individuals actually convicted of specified crimes. ICE also replaced many detainers with Request […]

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Donald Trump’s Shortsighted Immigration Plans Won’t Secure the Homeland

Written by on August 16, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Elections, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Donald Trump’s Shortsighted Immigration Plans Won’t Secure the Homeland

As any serious national security expert will tell you, trying to find a potential terrorist by treating all immigrants or Muslims as security risks is far too vague to be effective. Accurate intelligence and effective information-sharing across agencies is the key to national security—not profiling. Yet in a bombastic August 15 speech, Republican presidential nominee […]

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Why 22 Mothers Are On a Hunger Strike at the Berks Family Detention Facility

Written by on August 15, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Detention, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Why 22 Mothers Are On a Hunger Strike at the Berks Family Detention Facility

In protest of their families’ ongoing and prolonged detention in the Berks County Residential Center, a group of mothers began a hunger strike on Monday, August 8. They penned a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson explaining why: We left our homes in Central America to escape corruption, threats, and violence. We […]

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Government Sued For Withholding Records on Immigration Raids

Government Sued For Withholding Records on Immigration Raids

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is continuing to defend the controversial “Operation Border Guardian” program that took more than 100 Central American women and children from their homes in two days of immigration raids last January. According to a lawsuit filed this week by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the law firm […]

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Government’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Falling Short

Written by on August 10, 2016 in Asylum, Detention with 0 Comments
Government’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Falling Short

Human Rights First (HRF) and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) each released reports this month detailing the flawed treatment of asylum seekers in the United States. The USCIRF report, Barriers to Protection: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal, looks at the Department of Homeland Security’s overall process for asylum seekers, […]

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FOIA Documents Reveal Government Always Knew Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

FOIA Documents Reveal Government Always Knew Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the 1997 settlement in Flores v. Reno—which governs the detention, treatment and release of immigrant children—covers both unaccompanied and accompanied minors. This was a direct repudiation of the position the government took while defending its family detention policies in court. The government argued that the Flores […]

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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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