Tag: Department of Homeland Security

11-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Held in Immigration Detention at Artesia

11-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Held in Immigration Detention at Artesia

One of the hundreds of children being held at an immigration detention facility in, New Mexico, was released last week when officials realized the 11-year-old boy was a U.S. citizen. According to the boy’s attorney, he spent more than a month there before an immigration attorney visiting the facility found out about his status. “I [...]

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Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrants Held at Artesia Center

Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrants Held at Artesia Center

By Megan Jordi, legal director at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center The rule of law is only a mirage in the remote, dusty town of Artesia, New Mexico, where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is holding more than 600 Honduran, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan women and children. The children in the 278 families range from [...]

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Refugee Children Don’t Need More Immigration Enforcement

Refugee Children Don’t Need More Immigration Enforcement

A humanitarian crisis requires a humanitarian response. In the case of the unaccompanied children from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, this would include decent food, shelter, and medical attention while in U.S. custody. Even more crucial, it would include careful screening of each child’s case to determine if he or she [...]

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Effort to Quickly Deport Child Migrants Fails to Address the Problem

Effort to Quickly Deport Child Migrants Fails to Address the Problem

The White House informed Congress Monday that it would seek additional funding for an aggressive border enforcement strategy designed to thwart the dramatic increase in unaccompanied minors and families crossing the southwestern border, to expend more resources on fighting traffickers and drug smugglers, and to work closely with Mexico and Central American countries to end [...]

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Not All Members of Congress Recognize the Nation’s Role in Protecting Unaccompanied Minors

Not All Members of Congress Recognize the Nation’s Role in Protecting Unaccompanied Minors

The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing today entitled, “Dangerous Passage: The Growing Problem of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border.” Committee members questioned the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson on the growing humanitarian crisis at our southern border. Thousands of children from Central America are arriving seeking protection from the violence [...]

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USCIS Anuncia Procedimiento para Renovación de DACA

USCIS Anuncia Procedimiento para Renovación de DACA

En el día de ayer el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS) anunció los términos del proceso para la renovación de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA). Mediante la renovación de DACA, aquellos individuos que actualmente ya cuentan con el beneficio de la Acción Diferida seguirán disfrutando del [...]

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The DACA Renewal Process: Everything You Need to Know

The DACA Renewal Process: Everything You Need to Know

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the renewal process for hundreds of thousands of young noncitizens who received a grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Renewal of DACA ensures current DACA holders will continue to be safe from deportation for another two year period.  In addition, they will continue to have [...]

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Summary Removal Procedures and Their Role in Rising Deportations

Written by on May 28, 2014 in Administration, Deportation with 0 Comments
Summary Removal Procedures and Their Role in Rising Deportations

A string of new reports and analysis have resulted in competing story lines around the deportation numbers. The question of whether current policies are indiscriminate and inhumane, or whether the Obama administration is ignoring the law and “can’t be trusted” are dominating the politics around the immigration debate today. However, a debate focused exclusively on [...]

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Courts Should Hold Border Patrol Agents Accountable for Fourth Amendment Abuses

Courts Should Hold Border Patrol Agents Accountable for Fourth Amendment Abuses

In October 2010, while Alejandro Garcia de la Paz was returning to San Antonio from his work outside of Vanderpool, Texas, two agents from the United States Border Patrol pulled the truck he was riding in over to the side of the road. Although the driver, Alejandro and the other two passengers were obeying the [...]

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New Report Sheds (Some) Light on the U.S. Deportation Regime

Written by on April 30, 2014 in Administration, Deportation with 0 Comments
New Report Sheds (Some) Light on the U.S. Deportation Regime

A new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) compiles a wide array of data and analysis describing the recent history and current configuration of the U.S. deportation regime. The prevalence of deportations that don’t involve an immigration judge, the criminalization of immigration offenses, the massive expansion of border and interior enforcement—all are well-documented in [...]

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