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Immigrant Detention

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...

Bernie Sanders Wants To End Private Prisons In 3 Years

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced legislation on Thursday that promises to ban government c...

These Young Students And Lawyers Are Helping Women And Children Get Out Of Immigrant Detention

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cat Kim, a recent graduate from Columbia Law School, had two missions this summer. One was studying for and taking the California bar e...

Critics See Chance To End Family Immigrant Detention Entirely

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Family immigrant detention was dealt a major blow last week in court, and critics are hoping to build on the ruling's momentum to kill ...

ICE Refused To Release Child Vomiting Blood From Family Immigrant Detention

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 07.21.2015 | Latino Voices

  Celina Gutiérrez Cruz’s journey to the United States began with a threat. In a northern border town in Honduras, a gang repe...

Elise Foley

More Mothers, Children To Be Released From Immigrant Detention | Elise Foley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is making good on its promise to limit the detention of immigrant families by beginning to release women and ch...

Private Prison Company Forced Immigrants To Work For Free, Lawsuit Says

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 07.10.2015 | Latino Voices

When Alejandro Menocal got locked up in an immigrant detention center in Aurora, Colorado, last year, he volunteered to work in the recreation yard. ...

Hunger Strike At Arizona Detention Center After Immigrant's Mysterious Death

Posted 06.13.2015 | Latino Voices

A group of 200 immigrant detainees launched a hunger strike at Eloy Detention Center outside Phoenix Saturday morning to protest a detainee's death la...

Elise Foley

Immigrant Mother Attempts Suicide At Family Detention Facility | Elise Foley | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An immigrant woman being held at a family detention facility in Karnes City, Texas, attempted on Wednesday to commit suicide after being...

Here's The Case For Abolishing Immigrant Detention

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 05.28.2015 | Latino Voices

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction keeping President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Par...

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...

Hillary and Undocumented Immigrants

Ryan Campbell | Posted 05.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

While there was much said, and most of it was the safe sort of "hard-working immigrant" rhetoric that is essentially "political fluff," considering where we are in the very long 2016 race, she did say a lot of things that turn into political liabilities if not acted upon.

A Plan to Transform the US Immigrant Detention System

Donald Kerwin | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

The U.S. immigrant detention system serves two legitimate purposes, to ensure that persons in removal proceedings appear for their hearings and (if so ordered) can be removed and, in rare cases, to protect the public.

Roque Planas

Bed Quota Fuels 'Inhumane' And 'Unnecessary' Immigrant Detention: Report | Roque Planas | Posted 04.15.2015 | Latino Voices

The private prison industry’s growing role in immigrant detention is due in part to Congress' requiring the federal government to maintain some 34,0...

Roque Planas

Some Hunger-Striking Mothers Were Put In Isolation At Karnes Immigrant Detention Center, Lawyers Say | Roque Planas | Posted 04.02.2015 | Latino Voices

Authorities at Karnes Detention Center in Texas have responded to a hunger strike launched by a group of 78 mothers this week by placing some women in...

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...

Upholding American Values: Reforming U.S. Immigration Detention

Anika Rahman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Anika Rahman

Earlier this week, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inaugurated the largest detention facility in the U.S. This center, located in Texas, will hold 2,400 migrants who have crossed the border.

People With Felonies, Criminal Records and Gang Affiliation Are Our Friends and Family

Abraham Paulos | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Abraham Paulos

President Obama's recent speech fits a historic and racist framework through which we can describe the exclusion and banishment of people with felonies who are detained and deported. Even while some parents of citizens will be eligible for relief, parents with felonies and their families will remain vulnerable.

Roque Planas

Women's Group Demands Investigation Into Rape Allegations At Detention Center | Roque Planas | Posted 10.31.2014 | Latino Voices

A women’s rights group is demanding that the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights investigate allegations of sexual abuse at a...

Detention Center Forced Immigrants To Work For $1 Per Day, Lawsuit Says

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.31.2014 | Latino Voices

A group of former immigrant detainees is suing the owner of a Colorado detention center, alleging that it forced them to work for $1 per day and coerc...

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...

Elise Foley

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

Immigrant Detention Center In New Mexico Criticized As 'Deportation Mill'

AP | JUAN CARLOS LLORCA | Posted 10.06.2014 | Latino Voices

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Trailers have been set up for a school at a federal immigration detention center in an isolated New Mexico desert town. A baske...

Elise Foley

Complaint Alleges Sexual Abuse In Immigrant Detention Center | Elise Foley | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legal groups alleged this week that employees of a family immigration detention facility in Karnes City, Texas, harassed and sexually ab...

Elise Foley

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