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Immigration Detention

Reducing Immigration Detention

Alison Pennington | Posted 04.30.2013 | San Francisco
Alison Pennington

In the past decade, immigration detention has soared to unprecedented levels. But as Congress debates immigration reform, the conversation has been nearly silent on the bloated immigration detention system.

Immigration Reform: Don't Leave Women and Children Behind

Michelle Brané | Posted 04.09.2013 | Latino Voices
Michelle Brané

When I met Luz at an immigration detention facility in rural Pennsylvania, she was desperate to see her one-year-old son. Luz was about to be deported back to Ecuador with her teenage son, but she didn't want to leave without her baby, who, unlike the rest of the family, was a U.S. citizen.

Don't Follow the Loser on Immigration Reform

Jakada Imani | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Jakada Imani

On the strength of the Latino and Asian vote, Obama won. We also won the promise of a balanced approach to comprehensive immigration reform.

Detained Immigrants Exploited for Profit

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Stewart is not the exception, but the rule, in immigration detention today. It is unacceptable to spend billions in taxpayer dollars every year to contract with corporations such as CCA that perpetrate human rights abuses against this vulnerable population.

Making Progress in Protecting Immigrants From Sexual Abuse and Assault

Michelle Brané | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Michelle Brané

Once the regulations are finalized, implementation of the standards will be critical. New regulations are useless if they are not taken seriously. DHS cannot delay in ensuring that all its contracts include full compliance with the standards.

Cities Of Refuge

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

American cities must add refugee assistance to particular city agencies' responsibilities. We cannot simply wait for LGBT asylum seekers to wander into a community center and then scramble to find homestays, food and legal assistance. But community-based groups need to be involved.

ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Mandatory Immigration Lock-Up

Michael Tan | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Michael Tan

We are challenging the federal government's policy of locking up immigrants in deportation proceedings without any chance for release on bail, even when they have strong arguments that they have a right to continue living in America.

Debating Immigration Detention Reform

Eleanor Acer | Posted 12.02.2012 | Crime
Eleanor Acer

The United States is a nation of immigrants. It's shocking that those who flee to this country seeking protection from persecution, as well as many other immigrants seeking better lives, are often welcomed to this great nation with shackles and prison uniforms.

Immigration Relief: The Right Thing Is Also The Smart Thing

Gerald Chertavian | Posted 10.13.2012 | Impact
Gerald Chertavian

Would you consider it a wise move for our country to send a smart, motivated person like that away when our companies are clamoring for more talent like his - and his specifically? For whom exactly is justice being served there?

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

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...

Suburban Immigration Detention Center Plan Halted By Village Board

AP | Posted 08.12.2012 | Chicago

CRETE, Ill. — A Chicago suburb has rejected a plan to build to build a federal immigrant detention center in the community, putting a stop to a ...

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...

The 'Sunk Costs' of a Profit-driven Prison System

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Over the past decade, there has been an alarming increase in the use of immigration detention in the United States. From 2001 to 2010, the number of i...

ICE's Collateral Damage in an Ironic Sex Trafficking Raid

Subhash Kateel | Posted 07.04.2012 | Miami
Subhash Kateel

Does one of the largest law enforcement agencies, with programs and operations with names like "Secure Communities" and "Community Shield," really care about the communities it is "securing" and shielding?

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...

ICE's Detention Reform Promises - A Second Look

Human Rights First | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Human Rights First

By Ruthie Epstein Refugee Protection Program My drive back from Karnes County, Texas, to San Antonio, two weeks ago, was long and empty. Not long by ...

Fernando Dominguez Died In Administrative Limbo In Detention

Fernando Romero | Posted 05.16.2012 | Latino Voices
Fernando Romero

According to reports, Mr. Dominguez is the sixth person to die in immigration custody in the 2012 fiscal year. I feel that is one too many.

New Immigration Detention Center Look Less Like Prison

AP | By WILL WEISSERT | Posted 03.14.2012 | Latino Voices

KARNES CITY, Texas -- With free Internet access, cheap overseas phone calls, private bathrooms and no lights-out policy, the new immigration detention...

ICE Pledge on Immigration Detention Tested Today at Karnes Facility

Human Rights First | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Human Rights First

Karnes County, I hope, will provide a new model for more appropriate detention conditions -- a model that will mean little if it is not just a first step in transforming all facilities where ICE holds immigrants.

Elise Foley

Immigrant Advocates Skeptical On New DHS Public Advocate Position | Elise Foley | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The agency tasked with finding and deporting undocumented immigrants announced on Tuesday the creation of a new position that will work ...

Dear DHS: My Husband Is Not a Terrorist -- Can He Come Home?

Human Rights First | Posted 04.04.2012 | Impact
Human Rights First

When Arben's visa was denied, a staffer at one office told me that my only options were to divorce Arben or move to Kosovo. I don't think I should have to do either of those things. I married Arben for better or for worse. I take that vow seriously, and I want to make my life with him.

Latino Army Vet Taken Off Life Support After Being Critically Injured In Custody of 'America's Toughest Sheriff'

Posted 12.21.2011 | Latino Voices

UPDATE A Gulf War veteran was taken off life support late Tuesday after being critically injured in a scuffle with guards at the jail of embattled ...

Ending Immigration Detention in America

End ICE Abuse | Posted 01.04.2012 | Latino Voices
End ICE Abuse

Why are we spending such a jaw dropping amount of money on people who do not pose a threat to society? What are our priorities as a nation?

The Big Business of Inhumane Detention of Immigrants

End ICE Abuse | Posted 01.02.2012 | Latino Voices
End ICE Abuse

Our detention system locks up thousands of immigrants unnecessarily every year, exposing detainees to brutal and inhumane conditions of confinement at massive costs to American taxpayers.