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How Families Are Kept Apart by Current Immigration Laws

Written by on April 10, 2015 in Family with 3 Comments
How Families Are Kept Apart by Current Immigration Laws

Family reunification has stood as a central pillar of the U.S. immigration system, dating back to 1965. Despite this, a new study by researchers Maria Enchautegui and Cecilia Menjivar shows that current immigration laws actually work to keep many families apart. Not surprisingly, the authors’ analysis reveals that immigrant households have a “high incidence of persons […]

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Faith Leaders Visit Immigrant Detention Center as Mothers Begin Hunger Strike

Written by on March 31, 2015 in Detention, Faith, Family with 1 Comment
Faith Leaders Visit Immigrant Detention Center as Mothers Begin Hunger Strike

Faith leaders from around the country visited the Dilley family detention center in Texas just days before mothers in the Karnes detention facility, another Texas family detention center located less than 100 miles from Dilley, began a hunger strike. Shortly after their visit last week, the clerics declared family detention to be “inhumane and harmful […]

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Government Claims Children in Family Detention Centers Are Not Entitled to Protections

Written by on March 18, 2015 in Children, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Government Claims Children in Family Detention Centers Are Not Entitled to Protections

The outcry against the detention of children and women seeking protection from violence continues. Just yesterday, over 95 national and local civil rights, human rights, immigrants’ rights, and religious organizations sent a letter to President Obama outlining the mounting criticism of family detention and urging the Administration to follow a recent federal court decision denouncing […]

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ICE Sweeps Up Minor Offenders with Families, Using Heavy-Handed Approach

Written by on March 13, 2015 in Family, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 3 Comments
ICE Sweeps Up Minor Offenders with Families, Using Heavy-Handed Approach

On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it had arrested over 2,000 immigrants with criminal convictions, by re-instituting a periodic sweep ICE calls “Operation Cross Check.” ICE’s head called those arrested the “worst of the worst.” But reality does not match the rhetoric. Rather, ICE’s arrests show that ICE will continue to deport […]

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Court Orders DHS to Stop Detaining Mothers and Children to Deter Future Immigration Flow

Written by on February 24, 2015 in Courts, Department of Homeland Security, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Court Orders DHS to Stop Detaining Mothers and Children to Deter Future Immigration Flow

In June 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began implementing a border security policy of detaining nearly all mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. DHS vastly increased its detention capacity for families to “send the message unequivocally that if you come here you will be turned around.” But last Friday, […]

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Report Shows Deported Parents Will Return to Kids in U.S., Risking Harsh Penalties

Written by on February 19, 2015 in Deportation, Family with 1 Comment
Report Shows Deported Parents Will Return to Kids in U.S., Risking Harsh Penalties

President Obama last November announced executive action to temporarily defer deportations for potentially 3.7 million unauthorized immigrant parents of children with U.S. citizenship or green cards, so as to focus enforcement resources on public safety threats and others. A new study by the University of California-Davis Center for Poverty Research provides further support for the […]

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The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

Detaining immigrant children is nothing new. In 1997, the government settled a lawsuit, Flores v. Reno, about the inhumane treatment of immigrant children held in detention. The settlement agreement said officials would follow a set of minimum national standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children subject to immigration detention. That agreement is still […]

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New York Times Exposes ‘Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps’

Written by on February 9, 2015 in Administration, Detention, Family, USCIS with 1 Comment
New York Times Exposes ‘Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps’

The New York Times details the government’s dangerous and expanding practice of detaining women and children who have recently crossed our southwest border in the magazine’s cover story this weekend “The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps.” The facility the Times describes in Artesia, New Mexico, has since been shuttered, but the newly opened Dilley […]

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How Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children Are Impacted by Removal of Parents

Written by on January 14, 2015 in Children, Family with 1 Comment
How Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children Are Impacted by Removal of Parents

While the President’s recent executive actions will help some parents of U.S. citizens, current border removal policies continue to separate U.S. citizen children from their parents, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. Using data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the authors calculated that 15 percent (or 101,900) of migrants removed […]

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How New Guidance Improves a Waiver Program to Limit Family Separations

How New Guidance Improves a Waiver Program to Limit Family Separations

When President Obama announced his executive actions on immigration in November, much of the focus was on the new temporary immigration protections, namely the deferred action programs (called DACA and DAPA). Of all of the announced reforms, DACA and DAPA certainly will affect the greatest number of people, with potentially 5 million individuals eligible to […]

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