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People With Felonies, Criminal Records and Gang Affiliation Are Our Friends and Family

Abraham Paulos | Posted 11.30.2014 | 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.

It Has to Stop: Warehousing Women and Children is Inhumane

Archi Pyati | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
Archi Pyati

These are not family facilities. They are not shelters or temporary transit facilities. These are jails behind barbed wire, heavy security doors, metal detectors and other hallmarks of prison. Women and children locked up inside have been languishing for months. They could be there indefinitely.

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...

'Kafka's' Immigration Trials Spark State and National Response

Sara Warner | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

Those media images of children being held in prison-like camps and facing Justice Department judges without legal help may have shown some of America at its worst, but we have also become a nation in response.

Jailing Migrant Children Is Immoral and Un-American

Sandra A. Grossman, Esq. | Posted 11.26.2014 | 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.

The Daniele Watts Stop Tosses the Glare Again on the Racial Profiling Debate

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Two predictable things happened the instant Django Unchained star, actress Daniele Watts, an African-American, was detained by an LAPD officer in Studio City, California in response to a lewd public behavior call.

200 Detentions Were Given Because Of This School Dress Code

AP | Posted 11.15.2014 | Teen

NEW YORK (AP) — A strict new dress code adopted by a Staten Island school has resulted in several detentions in the last two weeks. A city Departme...

'Who Is Dayani Cristal?': Offering Resources for the Movement

Lina Srivastava | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Lina Srivastava

Who is Dayani Cristal?, is an intimate examination of the journey of one migrant who perished in the Arizona desert, far from his native Honduras, with no real identification but a name tattooed over his heart

I Was Confined To Solitary At Age 16 And It Still Haunts Me

Dwayne Betts | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Dwayne Betts

Seventeen years later, I find that I'm again constantly thinking about solitary confinement. The horror stories that drive the public conversation about solitary are not stories to me, but memories.

Why Beijing Fears Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti

Alim A. Seytoff | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Alim A. Seytoff

Since Xi Jinping became China's new president more than a year ago, questioning or criticizing Chinese Communist Party rule has become an extremely risky business for academics, scholars and lawyers in China.

Down The Deportation Rabbit Hole

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

As the Migration Policy Institute report demonstrates, our Alice in Wonderland detention and deportation system preceded President Obama. But that doesn't mean President Obama is powerless to end the madness.

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.

As Congress Moves to Dismantle Immigration Reform, We Will Continue Our Fight to Defend Migrant Rights

Michelle Brané | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Michelle Brané

The Women's Refugee Commission is encouraged by President Obama's recent call to review enforcement procedures. We have long advocated for DHS to reform its immigration custody and deportation policies and have made numerous concrete and practical recommendations

Hares Boys Anniversary Still Worries Global Activists

Elischia Fludd | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Elischia Fludd

March 15 was the one-year anniversary of the arrest and detention of five Palestinian boys from Hares accused of attempted murder by way of stone throwing. The Hares Boys are a symbol of oppressed youth under occupation rule.

Time to Move from Secrecy to Accountability at Guantanamo

Andrea Gittleman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Andrea Gittleman

Hiding problems never solves them. Transparency about past and present abuses is necessary to address victims' needs and prevent such acts from happening again.

Why Is the Federal Government Orphaning Children?

Gordon Whitman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Gordon Whitman

It is still the case that less than 15 percent of immigration detentions are of people who pose a threat to public safety, the people ICE says it is prioritizing. The consequence for American families is devastating

Hundreds of Immigrants Are Wrongfully Detained Inside the Inhumane El Paso Detention Center

Ju Hong | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Ju Hong

The president should hear the message loud and clear now: deportations need to stop, and he has the power to do it.

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.

'Bargain' on Immigration Would Feed Prison Profits

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The supposed grand bargain of the immigration reform bill is shaping up to be a lucrative deal for prisons. As a compromise between "border security" ...

'Alternatives' To Detention For Immigrants

Colorlines | Posted 04.19.2013 | Latino Voices

The immigration reform bill introduced this week in the Senate would significantly expand immigration enforcement programs on the border and in the U....

Involuntary Treatment: The Invisible Health Care Crisis

Shantha Rau Barriga | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Shantha Rau Barriga

Imagine being taken to the hospital by a family member against your will, put in a solitary cell and forced to sleep, eat and defecate in the same 4x4 space. For many people with mental disabilities around the world, this is a familiar scenario.

Congress and DHS Can Learn From the Sequestration Threat: The Time for Alternatives to Detention Is Now

Michelle Brané | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Michelle Brané

The reality is that this is the right time to be questioning how we will pay for maintaining over 34,000 immigration detention beds at an average cost of $164 per night during a fiscal crisis, which is threatening to shut down critical components of Defense and Homeland Security.

Jan Brewer Blasts Administration For Releasing Immigrants

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), like several other Republicans, went after President Barack Obama on Wednesday for the decision by Immigration and Custom...

Fix the Immigration Detention System

Donald Kerwin | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

Detention reform would be cost-effective, but more importantly it would reduce the vulnerability of men and women who are cut off, alone, and exposed to perhaps the most historically troubled feature of our nation's immigration regime.

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.