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Elise Foley

Critics Say Amenities Don't Make Up For Psychological Damage Done At Family Immigrant Detention Centers

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sister Kathleen Erickson remembers watching a soccer game at a family immigrant detention center in Dilley, Texas, while a detainee reco...

Elise Foley

Backlash Against Mass Family Immigrant Detention Grows As Senate Democrats Pile On

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A majority of Democratic members in the House and Senate have now signed on to letters rebuking the Obama administration for expanding t...

136 Democrats Tell Obama Administration To End Family Detention

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 05.27.2015 | Latino Voices

A group of 136 House Democrats signed a letter Wednesday calling on the Obama administration to stop locking up immigrant mothers and children in dete...

I Know an American 'Internment' Camp When I See One

Satsuki Ina | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Satsuki Ina

I was born behind barbed wire 70 years ago in a maximum-security prison camp for Japanese-Americans in Northern California. My visit with mothers and children at the euphemistically named Karnes County "Residential Center" a few weeks ago triggered distressing associations of my own experience as a child. We too lived in a constant state of fear and anxiety, never knowing what our fate would be.

President Obama, Deception Will Not Work: It's Time to End Family Detention

Leisy J. Abrego | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Leisy J. Abrego

Following mounting public pressure in the form of large demonstrations, negative national press coverage, and a hunger strike inside its facilities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a series of changes to its deceptively named, "family residential centers."

Elise Foley

Martin O'Malley Criticizes 'Detention Camps' For Immigrant Families

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley criticized the Obama administration -- albeit not by name -- on Friday for continuing to detain und...

Elise Foley

Immigration Agency Fails To End Criticism Over Family Detention

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement attempted on Wednesday to mitigate growing complaints over its detention of women and children. But ...

Roque Planas

Detained Mothers Ask Obama To Free Them: 'Our Children Won't Eat'

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 05.13.2015 | Latino Voices

Immigrant rights groups on Monday sent a pair of open letters to the Obama administration asking officials to end the practice of detaining undocument...

Elise Foley

Immigration Attorneys Allege ICE Is Intentionally Making It Tougher To Help Women In Detention

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration attorneys working on behalf of women and children apprehended crossing the border illegally say that while detention facilit...

Roque Planas

Mothers Launch A Second Hunger Strike At Karnes City Family Detention Center

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 04.14.2015 | Latino Voices

A group of 10 mothers locked in a Texas detention center with their children vowed Tuesday to launch a hunger strike to demand the release of dozens o...

Words Beyond Walls: A Mother's Love in Immigration Detention

Christina Fialho | Posted 04.27.2015 | Latino Voices
Christina Fialho

Moises recently celebrated his third birthday behind bars, and Abi will be celebrating her 11th birthday soon. The family has been in U.S. immigration detention for over six months, and there is no end in sight.

Roque Planas

Family Detention Center In Texas Is 'Utterly Unnecessary,' Says Immigration Attorney

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 01.14.2015 | Latino Voices

With a planned capacity of 2,400 beds to hold mothers and children, the immigrant detention center that recently opened in Dilley, Texas, is the large...

Elise Foley

Democrats: Women, Children Fleeing Violence 'Should Not Be Treated Like Criminals'

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top Democratic senators wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday to question his department's massive expansion of i...

Elise Foley

U.S. Deportations Put Asylum Seekers At Risk, Human Rights Watch Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Border agents are failing to identify people who could have credible claims to asylum, allowing them to be deported to face possibly dan...

Elise Foley

Jeh Johnson: Politicians Shouldn't 'Feed The Flames Of Fear' Over ISIS, Ebola

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson shot down claims on Thursday that a "porous" U.S. southern border is allowing terrorists, Ebola ...

The Tragic Cost of Family Detention: Sexual Abuse and Assault

Michelle Brané | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Michelle Brané

The Administration's recent expansion of family detention comes at a tragic and horrific cost. This week, allegations of sexual abuse and assault were revealed inside Immigration and Customs Enforcement's new family detention center.

Elise Foley

DHS 'Will Respond Aggressively' To Reported Mistreatment of Immigrant Detainees

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The government is doing what it can to improve conditions at family detention centers following recent complaints, but will continue det...

Elise Foley

Immigrant Mothers Face 'Unnecessary Cruelty' At Detention Facility, Lawyer Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Undocumented immigrant mothers and children are kept in excessively cold conditions, given undercooked food and mocked by guards in a de...

In Praise of Mark Krikorian's Honesty: Let the Child Migrants Die

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

As political leaders debate whom to blame for the surge of child migrants, most agree on one goal: deporting the children as quickly as possible. Yet few advocates of their removal are willing to state on the record that the children's death is a strong possibility.

Losing Sleep Over Families in Immigration Detention

Michelle Brané | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Michelle Brané

There have been a lot of sleepless nights at the Women's Refugee Commission lately. Despite our best intentions of leaving work at work, our minds have been fixed on the Southern border, where a humanitarian crisis affecting primarily women and children is worsening by the day.

Elise Foley

DHS Secretary To Parents: Don't Send Your Children To U.S. Illegally

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson penned an open letter over the weekend to parents who may be considering sending their children ...

Elise Foley

Obama Administration To 'Surge' Immigration Enforcement On Border

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration plans to "surge" its immigration enforcement, open facilities to detain families and provide additional support...

Immigration Detention: A Death Sentence for Far Too Many

End ICE Abuse | Posted 12.25.2011 | Latino Voices
End ICE Abuse

Ahmad Tanveer, a Pakistani New Yorker held in immigration detention at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute in Freehold, N.J., died in anonymity in 2005 despite telling officials of severe chest pain and pleading for hours for medical assistance — pleas that were not responded to until it was too late.

Transfers Imminent as Varick Street Immigration Detention Center Set to Close

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Arlene M. Roberts

The decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to close its 300-bed facility at Varick Street in Manhattan is of great concern to immigrant rights advocates.

Protestors Agitated, ICE Responded - and a Haitian Immigrant is Released from Detention

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arlene M. Roberts

The announcement by the Department of Homeland Security that Temporary Protected Status - and suspension of deportation - would be granted to Haitian ...