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The Dire State of Immigration Detention in Georgia

The Dire State of Immigration Detention in Georgia

Recent deaths at immigration detention centers in Georgia have made one fact disturbingly clear: detainees’ rights are being violated, with life and death consequences. These tragedies are not isolated incidents, but rather part of an ongoing trend in Georgia’s immigration system that consistently violates basic human rights, disregards detention standards, and leaves detained immigrants with […]

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Former Leader of Anti-Immigrant Group Now Leads USCIS Oversight Office

Written by on May 3, 2017 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments
Former Leader of Anti-Immigrant Group Now Leads USCIS Oversight Office

The Trump administration continues to stack its deck with key players in the anti-immigrant movement, most recently naming Julie Kirchner as the new Ombudsman for the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department. Kirchner, the former executive director of one of the nation’s most prominent anti-immigrant groups, will be tasked with improving the quality of immigration […]

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Increased Role of Police in Immigration Enforcement Heightens Need for Suppression of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence

Written by on March 28, 2017 in Due Process & the Courts, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Increased Role of Police in Immigration Enforcement Heightens Need for Suppression of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence

Under the Trump administration’s recent executive order on interior enforcement, state and local police are being pressured to work closely with immigration officers to carry out sweeping immigration enforcement actions. Advocates fear that this approach will have devastating consequences for immigrant communities and undermine public safety and trust between these communities and police. In addition, […]

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President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration

President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration

Our American values and laws dictate that everyone receive a just and fair process, whether they have been in in this country for decades or are arriving at our border today in search of safety and protection. Today, President Trump signed two executive orders on immigration that seek to shut America’s doors and label immigrants […]

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Ninth Circuit Finds Court Has No Authority to Hear Lawsuit Seeking Access to Counsel for Children

Ninth Circuit Finds Court Has No Authority to Hear Lawsuit Seeking Access to Counsel for Children

In 2014, a legal challenge was mounted against the federal government for its failure to provide legal representation to indigent children in deportation proceedings. The case, F.L.B.. v. Lynch was brought by the American Immigration Council, American Civil Liberties Union, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP. Despite some victories over […]

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Judge Hanen’s Recent Unwarranted Order in United States v. Texas

Judge Hanen’s Recent Unwarranted Order in United States v. Texas

Last week, District Court Judge Andrew Hanen issued a highly extraordinary order telling the Department of Justice (DOJ) to turn over personal information of about 108,000 or so individuals who have received three-year reprieves from deportation and three-year work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. This court order serves as yet […]

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Government Agencies Under Fire Over Handling of Unaccompanied Children

Written by on January 29, 2016 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Government Agencies Under Fire Over Handling of Unaccompanied Children

Earlier this week, it was reported that in 2014, when thousands of Central American children arrived at our border seeking protection from severe violence at home, government agencies released some children to human traffickers and abusers. These children were forced to live and work in dangerous conditions. At the time, the government agency which released […]

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Read This Year’s ‘Celebrate America’ Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest Entry

Written by on June 19, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Read This Year’s ‘Celebrate America’ Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest Entry

The American Immigration Council is proud to announce the first place winner of the 18th annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. This contest inspires educators to bring U.S. immigration history and lessons into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to learn more about immigration to the U.S. and to explain, in […]

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

Written by on March 13, 2015 in Uncategorized 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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House Hearing Exploits Children’s Misery, Highlights Ideological Differences

Written by on July 29, 2014 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
House Hearing Exploits Children’s Misery, Highlights Ideological Differences

In the last week before the August recess, House and Senate members are trying to finalize vastly different bills that would provide additional funding to address the government agency needs associated with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The House’s $659 million bill falls short of President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion […]

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