Detention

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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Government Quietly Increases ICE Detention to 48,000 Beds During the Shutdown

Written by on January 31, 2019 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Government Quietly Increases ICE Detention to 48,000 Beds During the Shutdown

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) drastically expanded its network of immigration jails in the last month by a startling 7 percent. ICE now holds about 48,000 individuals in its jails and private prisons, even though Congress has only appropriated funds for them to detain 40,500 individuals on any given day. How can a government agency […]

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As One ‘Tent City’ for Immigrant Children Closes in Texas, Another Opens in Florida

Written by on January 18, 2019 in Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
As One ‘Tent City’ for Immigrant Children Closes in Texas, Another Opens in Florida

Earlier this month, the Trump administration officially closed the doors of a “tent city” holding over 2,800 immigrant children in Tornillo, Texas. The closure comes after months of public pressure and local organizing. However, any celebration is short-lived. Just days after Tornillo’s closure, the administration announced its plan to increase bed space in another juvenile […]

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FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Names of CBP Officers Who Allegedly Abused Children

Written by on January 10, 2019 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Names of CBP Officers Who Allegedly Abused Children

Lack of transparency has long dogged the enforcement branches of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in particular, has been the subject of numerous requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) during the Trump administration and previous administrations. Records produced in response to FOIA requests demonstrate that […]

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A Second Child Died in Border Patrol Custody. Why Is the Government Doubling Down on Deterrence?

A Second Child Died in Border Patrol Custody. Why Is the Government Doubling Down on Deterrence?

In early December, seven-year-old Guatemalan Jakelin Caal died within hours after coming into the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Her tragic death brought renewed attention to the systemic problems of medical care in CBP’s “iceboxes,” where not even children are screened for medical problems after being detained. Tragically, a second child, eight-year-old Felipe […]

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How to Prevent More Deaths in Border Patrol Custody

How to Prevent More Deaths in Border Patrol Custody

In a year marked by the Trump administration’s cruel attempts to deter asylum-seeking families from coming to the United States, the news that a child had died in immigration custody appears to be a tragic low. While the circumstances of the death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal is still being investigated, this tragedy came as no surprise […]

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Lawsuit Challenging Delays in Asylum Screening Interviews and Bond Hearings Continues

Lawsuit Challenging Delays in Asylum Screening Interviews and Bond Hearings Continues

A federal court in Seattle on Tuesday permitted a case challenging unlawful delays in asylum screening interviews and bond hearings for asylum seekers to move forward over the government’s objection. The plaintiffs in the case are four immigrants who came to the United States to seek asylum. After they arrived, immigration officials kept them in […]

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Government Data Shows ICE Detention Relies on Private Companies and Remote Locations

Written by on December 5, 2018 in Detention, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Government Data Shows ICE Detention Relies on Private Companies and Remote Locations

There is a lot that we don’t know about immigration detention. Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been in the headlines more often than in past years, the network of facilities ICE uses to imprison immigrants is a major aspect of the agency that is often hidden in plain sight. According to a national […]

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The Government Failed to Conduct Background Checks on Staffers at Migrant Child Tent City

The Government Failed to Conduct Background Checks on Staffers at Migrant Child Tent City

Thousands of migrant children are currently being held at a tent city in Tornillo, Texas along the U.S.-Mexico border. Most of the children traveled alone in order to flee from violence in their Central American home countries and to reunite with family members already in the United States. An investigation released this week by the […]

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Autopsy Report Shows Transgender Immigrant Woman Beaten Before Death in ICE Custody

Written by on November 29, 2018 in Abuses, Asylum, Detention, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Autopsy Report Shows Transgender Immigrant Woman Beaten Before Death in ICE Custody

Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez, a 33-year-old transgender woman from Honduras, died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in May, weeks after presenting herself at the San Ysidro port of entry to ask for asylum. An independent autopsy report released this week revealed evidence that Hernández was physically beaten while in ICE custody prior to […]

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