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Immigration Detention

Migrant Children Are Children First

Maria Teresa Rojas | Posted 04.04.2014 | 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 03.14.2014 | 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 03.04.2014 | 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 02.25.2014 | 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.

ICE Blacklists Community Visitors

Sarah Shourd | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Sarah Shourd

Recognizing the visitation movement's growing power, ICE began to crack down on three Southern California visitation programs, Friends of Adelanto Detainees and two Orange County programs.

Who Is Overseeing Immigration Detention?

Christina Fialho | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Christina Fialho

Staff training varies dramatically from one facility to the next, with many facility officers receiving no specialized training on immigration policies and how to work with victims of torture and persecution, battered immigrants, trafficked persons, and others needing special attention.

Detained U.S. Veteran on Hunger Strike at Eloy Detention Center

Christina Fialho | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Christina Fialho

John Ferron, a U.S. veteran and father of eight, is on his seventh day of a hunger strike at the Eloy Detention Center, a for-profit immigration detention center in Eloy, Arizona.

Former Detained U.S. Hiker Sarah Shourd Speaks out Against Immigration Detention

Christina Fialho | Posted 06.06.2013 | Crime
Christina Fialho

Despite their ties to the United States, Manuel and Christopher have been in immigration detention since last fall. The families of people like Manuel and Christopher are often unable to afford visits because many detention facilities are far away from population centers.

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 ...

Kanye West, 'New Slaves' and a Long Tradition of Locking People Up for Profit

Carl Takei | Posted 07.24.2013 | Black Voices
Carl Takei

Our overincarceration epidemic has a massive and disproportionate impact on people of color. While communities of color suffer, the for-profit prison companies benefit.

Time to Bring Moms Home: Impact of Immigration Detention on Women

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 07.22.2013 | Latino Voices
Azadeh Shahshahani

We must continue to fight every step of the way to ensure immigration reform achieves a roadmap to citizenship for immigrants and an immigration process that respects the civil rights and liberties of immigrants, including women in deportation proceedings.

Historic Decision Recognizing Right to Counsel for Group of Immigration Detainees

Esha Bhandari | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Esha Bhandari

The ruling will begin to correct an unjust system by providing essential protections for an extraordinarily vulnerable group -- immigrants with serious mental disabilities whom the government imprisons while their cases remain pending.

On Eve of Immigration Reform Rollout, Immigration Detainees Win Right to Fair Hearing

Michael Tan | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Michael Tan

The U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit issued a landmark ruling that curtails one of the most draconian features of our immigration lock-up system: the government's practice of putting immigration detainees behind bars for months, without ever holding a bond hearing.