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Family Detention

Obama Administration Wants Another Family Immigrant Detention Center

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics

The Department of Homeland Security and private contractor Serco, Inc. are in talks with local authorities to create a family immigrant detention cent...

Texas Judge Issues Another Blow To Family Detention

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics

A Texas state judge issued a temporary injunction Wednesday to keep a controversial family detention center from obtaining a license to run as a child...

One Child’s Sexual Abuse Allegations Show The Problems With Our Immigration System

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics

A woman locked in a Texas immigrant detention center is alleging that her 12-year-old daughter was sexually abused by another detainee there last mont...

Children Send Christmas Wishes To Kids In Immigrant Detention

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

Over the past four years, children have penned thousands of letters over the holidays to President Barack Obama and members of Congress urging them to...

Family Detention Centers Seek Child Care Licenses As Deadline Looms

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics

As a Friday deadline approaches for the Obama administration to comply with a court order restricting family detention, authorities in Texas are facin...

President Obama and Texas Are Colluding to Detain Refugee Children in Private Prisons

Terri Burke | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Terri Burke

At a time when both left and right have begun to agree on the needless financial and human costs of mass incarceration, the State of Texas is conspiring with the Obama administration to undermine a federal court order so they can keep innocent children in prison.

Obama Administration Accused Of Violating Constitutional Rights Of Immigrant Detainees

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigrant detention facilities are violating detainees' civil and constitutional rights and failing to meet basic standards of treatment...

Judge Fighting Family Detention Has Personal Connection To Immigration

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 08.24.2015 | Latino Voices

The federal judge who called for the Obama administration to shut down family detention centers knows the issue of immigration personally. U.S. Distr...

Advocates Say DHS Covered Up Sexual Abuse In Family Detention

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 08.14.2015 | Latino Voices

An advocacy group is suing to force the federal government to hand over key records from an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at a family...

Detainess In Family Detention File $10M In Medical Neglect Claims

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 08.12.2015 | Latino Voices

Immigrant women and children locked in family detention centers are seeking $10 million in damages from the Department of Homeland Security over alleg...

Lawyers Say They Will Continue Fighting ‘Indefensible’ Family Detention

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 08.07.2015 | Latino Voices

Lawyers representing women and children locked in family detention centers offered a sharp rebuke Friday to the Obama administration’s argument that...

We’re Doing Better At Detaining Families Now, Officials Say

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newly implemented policies already keep the Obama administration’s family detention system from violating the law, the Department of J...

Elise Foley

Critics Say Amenities Don't Make Up For Psychological Damage Done At Family Immigrant Detention Centers | 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 | 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 05.27.2016 | 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 05.19.2016 | 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 | 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 | 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' | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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' | 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...