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Worsening Detention Conditions in Border Patrol Custody Highlighted in New Complaint

Worsening Detention Conditions in Border Patrol Custody Highlighted in New Complaint

As rising numbers of families and children are arriving at the U.S. Mexico border and asking for asylum, the conditions they face while in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have gone from bad to worse.

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The Death Toll of Migrant Children in US Custody Continues to Rise

The Death Toll of Migrant Children in US Custody Continues to Rise

Another migrant child died after being in U.S. custody this week—the fifth child since December 2018. These tragic deaths raise serious concerns about conditions in border facilities and the lack of adequate medical care. 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, the most recent child to die in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody, was held […]

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How Florida’s SB 168 Will Benefit the Private Prison Industry

How Florida’s SB 168 Will Benefit the Private Prison Industry

The Florida legislature recently passed SB 168 with the stated intent of ensuring that state officials and agencies fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities in enforcing immigration law. SB 168 could have far-reaching consequences in a state where one in five residents is an immigrant. SB 168 would prohibit any state/local entity or law enforcement […]

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Local Officials in Massachusetts, New York Challenge ICE Courthouse Arrests

Written by on May 3, 2019 in Abuses, Due Process & the Courts, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Local Officials in Massachusetts, New York Challenge ICE Courthouse Arrests

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dramatically increased enforcement actions in and around state and local courthouses since 2017. As part of the Trump administration’s aggressive immigration enforcement agenda, ICE began using courthouses to conduct frequent civil immigration arrests. In practice, this means ICE agents—often unidentified and in plainclothes—have a greater presence in civil and […]

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‘Your Client Is Going Bye-Bye.’ New Investigation Details Immigration Judges’ Cruel Behavior in El Paso Court

‘Your Client Is Going Bye-Bye.’ New Investigation Details Immigration Judges’ Cruel Behavior in El Paso Court

Texas—and specifically El Paso—has been ground zero for many of the incredibly harmful policies introduced under the Trump administration, such as family separation, returning asylum seekers to Mexico to wait for hearings, and keeping migrant families under an overpass for days to wait for processing. Findings uncovered in a new complaint, however, reveal profound deficiencies […]

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Immigration Groups Are Using This Tool to Expose Government Secrets

Immigration Groups Are Using This Tool to Expose Government Secrets

Many of the country’s top immigration agencies operate in secret. This lack of transparency in how immigration laws are implemented, administered, and enforced has the potential to devastate the lives of millions of immigrants and their families. Fortunately, there is a powerful tool—the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)—that ensures government agencies comply with their obligations […]

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ICE Releases Infants in Its Custody Following Civil Rights Complaint

ICE Releases Infants in Its Custody Following Civil Rights Complaint

Nothing is more delicate or worthy of comprehensive care than a newborn. Yet, over the past several weeks, detention watchdogs and public health experts have noticed an alarming uptick in the number of infants—some as young as five months old—being held in prison-like detention facilities run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On-the-ground staff in these facilities report mothers complaining […]

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Government Officials Deflect Responsibility for Family Separation at Congressional Hearing

Government Officials Deflect Responsibility for Family Separation at Congressional Hearing

At an oversight hearing on family separation in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, government officials from four different agencies dug in against criticisms and denied any accountability for the Trump administration’s family separation policy. All but one of the officials admitted under questioning that they had not raised any objection to family […]

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4 Ways ICE Doesn’t Hold Immigration Detention Facilities Accountable

Written by on February 13, 2019 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
4 Ways ICE Doesn’t Hold Immigration Detention Facilities Accountable

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agency U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have a long-standing and poor track record when it comes to transparency and accountability in immigration detention. A recent investigation from the DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) confirms these concerns and further exposes problems with ICE’s management […]

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Immigrant Mothers Are Filing Claims for Monetary Compensation in the Wake of Family Separation Crisis

Immigrant Mothers Are Filing Claims for Monetary Compensation in the Wake of Family Separation Crisis

In April 2018, the Trump administration officially rolled out its “zero tolerance” policy—a policy that has since been universally condemned for its cruel and unlawful practice of separating parents and children migrating to the United States. The policy has had widely documented traumatic and enduring effects on parents and their children. Immigration advocates filed six […]

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