Tag: Family Detention

The Government Continues to Ignore the Rights of Children in Detention, Court Finds

The Government Continues to Ignore the Rights of Children in Detention, Court Finds

Despite being among some of the most vulnerable, children seeking asylum in the United States often fare the worst. Upon entering the United States, children are often detained for extended periods in violation of a long-standing agreement known as the Flores settlement. The Flores agreement essentially acts as a contract between the government and children […]

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement Continues to Inhibit Asylum Seekers’ Legal Access and Invite Litigation

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Continues to Inhibit Asylum Seekers’ Legal Access and Invite Litigation

Since the reintroduction of family detention under the Obama administration, abuse of the mothers and children held in these facilities has run rampant. The family detention scheme has grown increasingly controversial not only because it has failed to provide safe and humane conditions for mothers and children, but also because the government has created arbitrary […]

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“Baby Jails” Bills Die a Slow Death

“Baby Jails” Bills Die a Slow Death

As the legislative session in Texas drew to a close on Monday, immigration advocates around the country celebrated the death of the “baby jails” bill—a measure that would have licensed Texas family detention centers as “child-care facilities.” Senate Bill 1018 was the latest attempt to lower state standards so that private prisons could legally detain […]

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Expedited Removal Hurts the Most Vulnerable In an Already Complicated Immigration System

Expedited Removal Hurts the Most Vulnerable In an Already Complicated Immigration System

The government often relies on “fast track” deportation methods to bypass due process protections in an effort to more rapidly process asylum seekers who come to the United States seeking humanitarian protection. One such deportation method, expedited removal, disadvantages the most vulnerable non-citizens currently in the United States: women and their children held in detention […]

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President Obama’s Legacy on Immigration

President Obama’s Legacy on Immigration

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama entered the White House on a promise to reform America’s immigration system. His urgency ultimately dissipated and reforming America’s immigration system will not be counted among his achievements. Other issues took priority, partisan divides emerged, and an intransigent Congress refused to move legislation across the finish line. Thus, President […]

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My Wish This Holiday Season

Written by on December 23, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
My Wish This Holiday Season

For many around the world, this time of year is full of colorful lights, cooking, spending time with loved ones, and spreading holiday cheer. However, take just a moment to reflect on the situation of those individuals, around the world, who are on the move today in search of safety and protection.

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Texas Judge Rules Immigration Family Detention Centers Cannot Get Childcare Licenses

Texas Judge Rules Immigration Family Detention Centers Cannot Get Childcare Licenses

A Texas judge issued a final judgment last Friday prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a childcare license to the nation’s largest family detention center, in Dilley, Texas and invalidating the license currently held by Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. In response, the State of Texas filed […]

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The Changing Face of Those Apprehended at the Southern U.S. Border

The Changing Face of Those Apprehended at the Southern U.S. Border

This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the total number of apprehensions by the Border Patrol of individuals trying to enter the country without authorization for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The overall number of apprehensions is up from last year, but down when compared to FY 2013 and 2014 and remain at historically […]

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Even the Government’s Own Advisory Committee Wants to End Family Detention

Written by on October 7, 2016 in Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Even the Government’s Own Advisory Committee Wants to End Family Detention

Calls to end the detention of immigrant children and their mothers seeking protection in the United States are not new. What is new is that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers, created by DHS itself, has now added its voice to the chorus calling for an end to family […]

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Why “Family Detention” is a Misnomer

Why “Family Detention” is a Misnomer

More than two years after the Obama Administration launched its aggressive expansion of family detention in an attempt to “deter” the arrival of asylum-seeking Central American families, numerous problems associated with such practice have been brought to light. One such issue is the separation of family units while in U.S. custody. A report released this […]

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