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Immigrant Detention

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...

Newly Released Recordings Capture Abuse in Immigration Detention

Sarah Shourd | Posted 10.12.2014 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.