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Immigrant Detention

Immigration Detention Conditions in Georgia Run Afoul of Human Rights Standards

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

ICE should discontinue detaining immigrants at the corporate-run Stewart and Irwin County Detention Centers given the extent of the documented violations as well as the distance to family and communities of support.

Chris Kirkham

Arizona Immigration Decision Could Mean Boon For Private Prison Business | Chris Kirkham | Posted 06.25.2012 | Business

As the Supreme Court upheld a central provision of Arizona's controversial immigration law on Monday -– a requirement for law enforcement to check t...

Chris Kirkham

In Quiet Corner Of South Florida, A Private Prison Pits Town Against Town | Chris Kirkham | Posted 06.22.2012 | Business

In a quiet patch of palm-lined subdivisions at the edge of the Everglades, a yearlong battle has been brewing over plans to build one of the largest i...

Chris Kirkham

Small Town Blocks Plans For Private Immigrant Detention Center | Chris Kirkham | Posted 06.12.2012 | Business

For more than a year, residents of Crete, Ill., have flooded meeting halls, erected yard signs and circulated petitions in order to halt the construct...

Chris Kirkham

In Crackdown On Undocumented Immigrants, A Boon For Prison Corporations And Rural Towns | Chris Kirkham | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- On a flat and desolate stretch of Interstate 10 some 50 miles south of Phoenix, a sheriff's deputy pulls over a green Chevy Tah...

Chris Kirkham

Illinois House Comes Up Short In Bid To Stop Immigrant Detention Center Near Chicago | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.31.2012 | Business

Illinois lawmakers failed to muster the votes needed Thursday for a bill that would have blocked construction of a for-profit federal detention center...

House GOP: Rape Prevention Makes Immigration Detention A 'Holiday'

Mother Jones | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics

On Wednesday, as most of official Washington was fixing its gaze squarely on the Supreme Court, the House Committee on the Judiciary convened a hearin...

Elise Foley

Immigrant Detention TOO Nice, House Republicans Say | Elise Foley | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- To some Republicans in Congress, U.S. immigration detention facilities sound like resorts. That was the premise of a hearing Wednesd...

Chris Kirkham

Private Prison Company Sues Florida Town For Thwarting Immigrant Jail | Chris Kirkham | Posted 03.09.2012 | Business

The nation's largest private prison corporation sued a South Florida town this week, arguing that city officials are trying to "disrupt and derail" pl...

Four Years Frozen in ICE

Ahilan Arulanantham | Posted 04.08.2012 | Los Angeles
Ahilan Arulanantham

Like thousands of other people in 2006, Jose Franco was detained by immigration authorities. Most detainees are either deported to their country of origin or released. But this case took a different route.

Elise Foley

No Conviction, No Freedom: Immigration Authorities Locked 13,000 In Limbo | Elise Foley | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On a single day this past fall, the United States government held 13,185 people in immigration detention who had not been convicted of a...

Report: Human Rights Violated At Midwest Immigrant Detention Centers

Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago

A report released Monday by two Chicago-based human rights groups calls for the Obama administration to close three immigrant detention facilities the...

Elise Foley

Undocumented Immigrant Released From Detention, Pushing For Reform | Elise Foley | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

After protests across the country pressed Immigration and Customs Enforcement to free Shamir Ali, the 25-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant was released b...

Elise Foley

Undocumented Immigrant Forced To Return To Detention After Surgery, Family Says | Elise Foley | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Balal Parveez, a 22-year-old born in Pakistan, underwent a chest surgery on Thursday. No family members were there to comfort him afterw...

Elise Foley

Immigrant Detainees Report Nearly 200 Instances Of Sexual Abuse | Elise Foley | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 180 sexual abuse complaints have been reported in immigration detention centers since 2007, according to government documents ...

Let's Not Give up on Immigration Detention Reform Quite Yet

Michelle Brané | Posted 12.09.2011 | Latino Voices
Michelle Brané

But this is the wrong approach. The reality is that change is hard. It comes in ebbs and flows, and some days it does seem that we are wasting our time. But we cannot forget that we have made some very important accomplishments, even if there is a long way to go.

When Shackling Pregnant Women Is OK

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana | Posted 12.03.2011 | Parents
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

When lockdowns, detention, and "enhanced coercive interrogation techniques" become everyday words, we are preparing children to accept as normal a world in which shackling pregnant women is ok.

Lizzie Schiffman

Police Chiefs: Releasing Immigrants From ICE Detainers Sets 'Dangerous Precedent' | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 11.28.2011 | Chicago

A group of west suburban police chiefs sent a letter to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to "express extreme disappointment" with the Boar...

Chris Kirkham

After 9/11, A New Era In The Business Of Detaining Immigrants | Chris Kirkham | Posted 11.09.2011 | Business

This article has been updated On a conference call with investors less than two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Wall Street executive ...

Elise Foley

Backlogs Climb In Immigration Courts | Elise Foley | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration courts are too slow to keep up with the high number of undocumented immigrants detected by enforcement agencies, despite a n...

Elise Foley

Immigrant Freed From 19-Month Detention: 'I Treat My Dogs Much Better Than The Detainees Are Treated' | Elise Foley | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday, for the first time in 19 months, Pedro Guzman left Stewart Detention Center, a privately run facility where he was housed while fighting d...

Elise Foley

Prison Sexual Assault Reforms Won't Cover Immigrant Detention Centers | Elise Foley | Posted 06.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Time is running out for the public to weigh in on a proposed Department of Justice rule that would not include immigrant detention cente...

Deport Me! Foreign-Born in American Prisons and the U.S. Culture of Punishment

Baz Dreisinger | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Baz Dreisinger

Alvin McLean has a peculiar request for the powers that be: deport me, please. Odder than his request is the state government's refusal to oblige it.

How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet

Seth Freed Wessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Freed Wessler

This is the sort of human story that lies behind the deportation numbers the Obama administration bragged about this week. The indiscriminate deportation machine is undercutting the promise of reform.

Will Police Hate Arizona's Anti-Immigrant Law, Too?

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Arizona, under the guise of establishing law and order, has made its criminal justice system even more arbitrary, chaotic, and alienating to the communities who have come to see police as the real security threat.