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Newly Released Recordings Capture Abuse in Immigration Detention

Sarah Shourd | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Sarah Shourd

This week Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) released seven audio recordings and videos documenting arbitrary use of solitary confinement, sexual assault, physical abuse by federal agents, prolonged detention, retaliatory transfers, and other aspects of life inside U.S. immigration detention.

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...

Legal Groups Sue ICE Claiming Retaliation For Hunger Strikes

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 04.04.2014 | Latino Voices

SEATTLE (AP) — Two legal groups are suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying it is retaliating against immigrant hunger strikers at a ...

This Photo Captures The Painful Reality Of Detaining People Whose Crime Was Looking For A Better Life

Posted 04.16.2014 | Latino Voices

About 100 demonstrators gathered outside an immigration detention center this week to protest U.S. deportation of immigrants and the separation of fam...

Elise Foley

Major Step Taken Toward Preventing Sexual Abuse In Immigrant Detention

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that it has finalized regulations to prevent sexual abuse in immigrant detention ce...

Chris Kirkham

How Corporations Are Cashing In On The Worldwide Immigration Crackdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

Nearly a decade ago, Australian authorities discovered major problems inside detention centers run by a private, for-profit company entrusted with imm...

Prosecutors: Judge's Demands For Immigrant Detainee Data Are 'Not Feasible'

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they can't meet a judge's demands they quickly deliver documents about thousands of immigrants who've been d...

El Paso Detention Center 'Infiltrated' By Activists

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.10.2013 | Latino Voices

The National Immigrant Youth Alliance has busted back into detention. Santiago Garcia, a 23-year-old undocumented activist, voluntarily submitted ...

Detained Activists Launch Hunger Strike

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.29.2013 | Latino Voices

A group of undocumented activists who crossed into the United States through a legal port of entry in Laredo last month have launched a hunger strike ...

Immigrant Kids Thrown In Adult Prisons For Months: Report

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.05.2013 | Latino Voices

More than 1,300 immigrant minors were held for periods of three days or more in adult detention centers from 2008 to 2012, according to data released ...

Outrageous Phone Rates For Immigrant Detainees Protested

New America Media | Posted 05.15.2013 | Latino Voices

RICHMOND, Calif. – At the West County Detention Facility, inmates can pay upwards of $20 for a five-minute phone call to friends, relatives or lawye...

Major Ruling On Immigrant Detention

The Los Angeles Times | Maura Dolan | Posted 04.17.2013 | Latino Voices

Immigrants detained in Southern California for possible deportation must be given a hearing within six months to determine whether they should be rele...

Buried Alive: Solitary Confinement in Immigrant Detention

Sarah Shourd | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Sarah Shourd

Even though -- like many detainees in our country -- I had no idea when I would get out of solitary confinement or prison itself, I never lost hope completely. For immigrant and national security detainees in this county, however, the opposite is true.

Immigration Reform Is An LGBT Issue

Maya Rupert | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Maya Rupert

There are at least 267,000 undocumented LGBT people in this country who support this economy and contribute to their communities but must live under the specter of deportation, so crafting a workable and humane immigration policy is something in which the LGBT community has a stake.

5 Reasons To Release Most Immigrant Detainees

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.01.2013 | Latino Voices

As the country braces itself for the increasingly likely possibility of getting hit with $85 billion in budget cuts this year, the decision to rel...

Jan Brewer Accuses Administration Of Punishing Arizona

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), an immigration hardliner who signed into law one of the toughest anti-unauthorized immigration laws in the ...

Elise Foley

Immigration Agency Disputes Claim That Official Resigned

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials insisted on Wednesday that there was no connection between the retirement of Enforcement a...

Elise Foley

Jay Carney Denies White House Involvement In Immigrant Release

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Wednesday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement made its decision to release some immi...

Elise Foley

Immigration Agency Releases Detainees As Spending Cuts Loom

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement released some people from immigrant detention facilities across the country on Monday in response to...

ICE Goes After Small Fish To Boost Deportations: Report

USA Today | Brad Heath | Posted 02.15.2013 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON — U.S. immigration officials laid out plans last year that would ratchet up expulsions of immigrants convicted of minor crimes as part of...

Immigration Reform: Don't Leave Women and Children Behind

Michelle Brané | Posted 04.09.2013 | Latino Voices
Michelle Brané

When I met Luz at an immigration detention facility in rural Pennsylvania, she was desperate to see her one-year-old son. Luz was about to be deported back to Ecuador with her teenage son, but she didn't want to leave without her baby, who, unlike the rest of the family, was a U.S. citizen.

Our Economy Profits From All Undocumented Workers

Laura Merriman | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics
Laura Merriman

In his second term, President Obama must drastically change his administration's deportation policies and work towards a comprehensive, and fair, path to citizenship for undocumented workers.

Private Prison Exec: Lying To Federal Agencies 'Happens All The Time'

Posted 12.11.2012 | Business

An executive at a private prison company, one that deals with federal agencies, has said that lying to federal agencies is no big deal. Thomas Wei...

Addressing Sexual Abuse In Immigrant Detention

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 12.07.2012 | Latino Voices

The Department of Homeland Security submitted new rules Thursday aimed at reducing rape and sexual abuse of immigrant in detention. The new rules ...