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USCIS Is Withholding Records Showing That Border Agents Are Abusing Asylum Seekers

USCIS Is Withholding Records Showing That Border Agents Are Abusing Asylum Seekers

As thousands of Central American families arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border asking for asylum in 2014, human rights organizations raised alarms about asylum seekers’ treatment by Customs and Border Protection officials. But these organizations were not the only ones expressing concern—asylum officers within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services also raised alarms about CBP misbehavior. A […]

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Lawsuit Challenges the Government’s Policy of Indefinitely Detaining Asylum Seekers

Lawsuit Challenges the Government’s Policy of Indefinitely Detaining Asylum Seekers

A class action lawsuit was filed on March 15, 2018 challenging the U.S. government’s practice of detaining asylum seekers indefinitely and argues the practice is an attempt to deter future asylum seekers from seeking safety in the United States. The suit claims that the Department of Homeland Security has violated U.S. law by refusing to […]

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When Detention Is a Death Sentence

Written by on March 9, 2018 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
When Detention Is a Death Sentence

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pursuing a massive increase in resources for immigrant detention centers, a fundamentally flawed network of largely privatized and remote facilities used to hold immigrants. Yet this already unwieldy system has a concerning history of abuses and substandard conditions, which would likely only worsen with the proposed expansion. The […]

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Immigrants Rights Group Sues U.S. Government Over Family Separation at the Border

Written by on March 2, 2018 in Abuses, Asylum, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Immigrants Rights Group Sues U.S. Government Over Family Separation at the Border

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit this week to demand the immediate release and reunification of an asylum-seeking Congolese mother and her 7 year-old daughter, who had been forcibly separated by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers at the U.S.-Mexico border last November. The lawsuit argues that the separation of Ms. L. […]

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Oversight Agency Finds ICE Improperly Obtained Contract for Texas Family Detention Center

Written by on March 1, 2018 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Oversight Agency Finds ICE Improperly Obtained Contract for Texas Family Detention Center

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a damning report this week, finding that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) improperly modified an older, existing contract with the City of Eloy, Arizona to create the notorious family detention center in Dilley, Texas—more than 900 miles away. Rather than contracting […]

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Immigrant Women and Girls Often Face Abuse, Homelessness After Arriving to the United States

Written by on February 5, 2018 in Abuses, Asylum, Detention, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 1 Comment
Immigrant Women and Girls Often Face Abuse, Homelessness After Arriving to the United States

Immigrant women and girls face unique challenges in navigating the U.S. immigration system, their dire circumstances often exacerbated by the gender-based violence they encounter on the journey and upon their arrival to the United States. These struggles were captured in a new report from the Tahirih Justice Center, which surveyed a group of immigrant women, […]

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Homeland Security Watchdog Conducts Surprise Inspections of Immigrant Detention Centers

Written by on December 15, 2017 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Homeland Security Watchdog Conducts Surprise Inspections of Immigrant Detention Centers

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) released a report which found that Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) detention facilities are violating their own detention standards when it comes to housing immigrants. The OIG, which serves as a watchdog division for DHS at large, found that ICE was providing insufficient protection […]

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How Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Turns Immigrants Into Criminals

How Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Turns Immigrants Into Criminals

It has been well established for decades that the vast majority of immigrants are not criminals by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, immigrants who have committed no violent offense are often subjected to a different kind of violence doled out by the U.S. immigration-enforcement system. Young undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United […]

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How Discretion Failed One 10-Year-Old Girl and What the Future Holds

Written by on October 30, 2017 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
How Discretion Failed One 10-Year-Old Girl and What the Future Holds

Much has been said about Rosa María Hernández, the latest target of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the responsibility and authorization to enforce the immigration laws against those inside the United States without authorization. However, the government’s choice to target a ten-year old girl with cerebral palsy on […]

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DHS Wants to Monitor Immigrants’ Social Media. No One Knows What They Will Do With This Information

Written by on September 29, 2017 in Abuses, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
DHS Wants to Monitor Immigrants’ Social Media. No One Knows What They Will Do With This Information

In a sweeping encroachment upon privacy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is planning to dramatically ramp up its surveillance of virtually anyone in the United States who is not a U.S. citizen by birth. In a rule which appeared in the Federal Register on September 18, DHS announced that it will […]

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