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Back to the Dark Ages? The Imminent Danger of a Regional Domino Effect in Obama's Hardline Policy for Mothers Fleeing Central America

Galya Ruffer | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Galya Ruffer

It is imperative that we stop jailing mothers and children systematically in so-called family detention centers, where they face continued fear and uncertainty instead of safety and succor. It shouldn't be this way.

Jailing Migrant Children Is Immoral and Un-American

Sandra A. Grossman, Esq. | Posted 09.26.2014 | DC
Sandra A. Grossman, Esq.

There is no easy fix to stemming the flow of immigrants across our Southern border. However, detaining these destitute mothers and children with no bond is no solution; it adds to the trauma they have already suffered and violates their basic human rights.

Elise Foley

Immigrant Mothers Face 'Unnecessary Cruelty' At Detention Facility, Lawyer Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Undocumented immigrant mothers and children are kept in excessively cold conditions, given undercooked food and mocked by guards in a de...

In Praise of Mark Krikorian's Honesty: Let the Child Migrants Die

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

As political leaders debate whom to blame for the surge of child migrants, most agree on one goal: deporting the children as quickly as possible. Yet few advocates of their removal are willing to state on the record that the children's death is a strong possibility.

Adelanto: Unlimited Prison Possibilities

Christina Fialho | Posted 10.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Christina Fialho

The City of Adelanto, California, greets visitors with a sign, proclaiming it to be a city of "unlimited possibilities." However, when you drive through this small town in the Mojave Desert, it is clear the city is known for only one possibility: incarceration.

First and Foremost, Border-Children Crisis Is a Civil Courts Crisis

Sara Warner | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

When we cut courts funding, the criminal-court side of the system gets first call on resources -- it has all those pesky constitutional guarantees that prevent years of backlog. So civil courts get less and less.

Have We Lost Our Humanity?

Pramila Jayapal | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Pramila Jayapal

Here are seven ways President Obama and Congress can help ensure the safety and well-being of the women and children caught at the border, and make our immigration system fairer now and in the future.

Dodging Decarceration: The Shell Game of 'Getting Smart' on Crime

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Heather Ann Thompson

It has taken a long time, far too long, but politicians seem finally to have realized how catastrophically expensive it is for the United States to lock up more people than any other country on the planet.

How Immigration Enforcement Has Changed Since 1993

VOXXI | Griselda Nevarez | Posted 04.30.2014 | Latino Voices

Immigration enforcement has changed significantly ever since Congress approved a sweeping immigration bill in 1996, according to a new report. The ...

Migrant Children Are Children First

Maria Teresa Rojas | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Maria Teresa Rojas

Children are by definition vulnerable. That's particularly true for girls and boys journeying alone, under unsafe circumstances, often fleeing violence. Mexico and the US have an obligation to apply the international principle of the "best interests of the child" as the gold standard for all dealings with underage migrants.

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...

Obama: Will He Cut Deportations or Stand Idle?

Ryan Campbell | Posted 05.13.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

The criticism from the immigrant rights community has been quiet for a long time as they tried to press Congress. Now, pressure on the President is coming to bear as a legislative solution seems increasingly unlikely, and relief is around five years and almost 2 million deportations late.

One Man's Fight for Freedom Spurs Detention Reform

Christina Fialho | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Christina Fialho

For the last 16 months, Mark Reid, a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, was separated from his teenage daughter and family not by a war in another country but by our own government's immigration detention system.

Immigration Reform Is at a Standstill but There's Still Work to Be Done

Anita Sinha | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Anita Sinha

Comprehensive immigration reform may be the most ill-fated three words on Capitol Hill. The Senate passed a bill last summer, and depending on the week the issue on the House side is either dead on arrival or may see the light of day.

"Comprehensive Immigration Reform": The Dead End Debate

John Washington | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
John Washington

2014 chatter about "Immigration Reform" remains superficial. As Obama promised in his State of the Union address last week, yet again, that this will...

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...

The Unfulfilled Promise of International Migrants Day

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Today marks International Migrants Day, a day to be commemorated and celebrated by all in support of immigrants and their contributions to our communi...

New York City Can Do Better to Protect All Immigrants

Abraham Paulos | Posted 02.05.2014 | New York
Abraham Paulos

New York City should be a leader in drawing a bright line between the criminal legal system and the civil immigration system.

How ICE's Privacy Standards Hurt Immigration Reform

Christina Fialho | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Christina Fialho

Detained immigrants include victims of human trafficking, asylum seekers, and legal permanent residents with longstanding community ties; their voices and perspectives remain unheard.

A Right to Attorney: NYC Looks at a Possible Fix for the Immigration Court Crisis

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

A misdemeanor conviction for shoplifting, though unlikely to prompt incarceration, can nevertheless trigger mandatory deportation: dividing families, disrupting communities and preventing people otherwise eligible from seeking asylum.

Immigration Reform Is Dead But We Must Continue to Push Forward

Prerna Lal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Prerna Lal

Obama can change his legacy, while giving our communities a victory, and giving us freedom to live, drive, work, and travel without fear of being separated from our families.

Immigration Reform and Congress' Lost Moral Compass

Jim Gonzalez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Jim Gonzalez

If Congressional leaders, from both parties, fail to act on comprehensive immigration reform before the 2014 mid-term election cycle begins in earnest, our republic will again sadly demonstrate, just like failing to curb gun violence, that we have lost our moral compass.

Comprehensive Immigration Bill Does Nothing For Our Families

Abraham Paulos | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Abraham Paulos

Standing on the tears, hearts, and hopes of our families, we want reform with justice, not a bargain with politicians that promises provisional status in exchange for a police state that exploits the detention and destruction of our families.

Detention Costs Convey Immigration Reform's Urgency

Ali Noorani | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Ali Noorani

Imagine if Congress could save Americans $1.44 billion in one simple step. Well, it can -- by making sure immigration reform includes smarter policies for detaining unauthorized immigrants.

Mandatory Minimums: Unjust for Immigrants Too

Angie Junck | Posted 10.19.2013 | Crime
Angie Junck

They are men and women who have families with U.S. citizen children. They are refugees, veterans and the elderly, victims, and individuals with serious medical and mental health conditions.