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Detention of Transgender Immigrants Expanding with Texas Facility

Written by on June 3, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Detention of Transgender Immigrants Expanding with Texas Facility

The massive immigrant detention industry is still growing. According to officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the government is adding to its existing 637 facilities by opening a new privately-run detention center in Texas later this year. The 700-bed facility, which will be operated by the private prison corporation Emerald Correctional Management, includes a […]

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DHS Office of Inspector General Launches Unannounced Inspections of Detention Centers

Written by on March 18, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
DHS Office of Inspector General Launches Unannounced Inspections of Detention Centers

For years, immigrant rights groups have documented deplorable conditions in immigration detention facilities. Yet, in spite of the growing evidence pointing to the prevalence of inhumane conditions of detention, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has shown very little initiative in trying to address this problem. This week, in an attempt to start remediating that, […]

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Court Says Class Action Challenging Abusive Conditions in Hieleras Can Move Forward

Written by on January 13, 2016 in Detention, Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Court Says Class Action Challenging Abusive Conditions in Hieleras Can Move Forward

A federal court in Tucson, Arizona held that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must answer allegations of horrific conditions experienced by individuals in Tucson Sector detention facilities (a.k.a. “hieleras”) along the southern border. In decisions handed down on January 11, the court decided that the case, Doe V. Johnson, may proceed as a class […]

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Evidence Shows Asylum Seekers Appear for Court with Alternatives to Detention and Legal Assistance

Evidence Shows Asylum Seekers Appear for Court with Alternatives to Detention and Legal Assistance

When thousands of Central American families fled violence to the United States last year, the Administration responded by opening family detention centers, which are detaining mothers and children as their asylum-based claims work through the court system. Family detention has since led to complaints of psychological harm, suicide attempts, protests and hunger strikes by detainees, […]

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New Memo on Detained Transgender Immigrants Does Not Go Far Enough

Written by on July 6, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
New Memo on Detained Transgender Immigrants Does Not Go Far Enough

U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) will shift its policies regarding transgender adult detainees in its custody according to a memo released last week. While the changes seem positive, they still fall short according to LGBTI and immigration advocates.

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Immigrants Kept for Days in Border Patrol’s Bedless Holding Cells

Written by on June 10, 2015 in Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Immigrants Kept for Days in Border Patrol’s Bedless Holding Cells

Every day, over a thousand individuals are held in Border Patrol detention facilities near the U.S. southern border. These facilities are notorious for freezing cold temperatures, overcrowded conditions and lack of any bedding or beds. In addition, they routinely lack adequate food, water, and medical care. The reality is that these facilities are not designed […]

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Reports: Detention Doesn’t Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to United States

Reports: Detention Doesn’t Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to United States

In 2009, the Obama Administration ended family detention at the infamous T. Don Hutto jail in Texas and cut the number of immigrants in family detention to less than a hundred. However, after the surge of Central American migrants last summer, the Administration reinstituted the appalling practice of family detention, with plans to detain 2,760 […]

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Private Prison Industry Lobbies for Detention of Immigrants

Written by on April 22, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
Private Prison Industry Lobbies for Detention of Immigrants

Since 2009, Congress has instructed the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain 34,000 beds in immigrant detention facilities across the country, a policy known as “the bed mandate.” This mandate costs the American taxpayer $5.05 million per day–or $159 a day per immigrant detainee. A new report released this week by Grassroots Leadership […]

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

Written by on March 18, 2015 in Detention, Enforcement 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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The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

Written by on February 13, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
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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