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Oregon Ruling Spurs Halt On Immigration Detainers

AP | GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman's constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail wi...

How Possessing Marijuana Gets People Kicked Out Of The U.S.

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

The Secure Communities program, implemented by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in October 2008, was intended to identify and deport immigrants who...

Elise Foley

Young Mexican Men Were Most Likely To Be Deported In 2013 | Elise Foley | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A majority of the immigrants who were deported last year were Mexican citizens, male and in their twenties or thirties, according to a r...

Legal Groups Sue ICE Claiming Retaliation For Hunger Strikes

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 04.04.2014 | Latino Voices

SEATTLE (AP) — Two legal groups are suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying it is retaliating against immigrant hunger strikers at a ...

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

Michelle Brané | Posted 03.25.2014 | 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

Washington Detention Center Hunger Strike On Day 5

AP | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state th...

Elise Foley

House GOP Members Push To End Immigrant Protection Position | Elise Foley | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to end a government position that works to protect immigrants going ...

Immigration Agency Should Live Up to Its Promise

Michael Kaufman | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Michael Kaufman

When is a promise not a promise? That's what Luciano Sandoval is asking after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) broke its pledge to stop arresting individuals at Kern County, California courthouses.

The Tears of Immigrants Reach the Heavens

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

The Jewish tradition teaches that at special moments in life the gates of heavens are open. I felt standing among these vulnerable, powerless immigrants crying for their daughters, husbands and sisters that the gates of heaven were open to their prayers.

Homeland Security Drops Plan To Collect License Tag Data

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department abruptly reversed course Wednesday and dropped plans to ask a private company to give the governm...

Federal Gov't Wants Access To License Plate Data

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is proposing that a private company give it access to a nationwide database of license plate trac...

Government Success In Deportations Drops, Says Report

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly half of immigrants facing deportation are now winning their cases before an immigration judge, their highest success rate i...

How to Renew the Commitment to Immigration Detention Reform

Katharina Obser | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Katharina Obser

As new leadership takes the helm at DHS, and as Congress soon begins work on a new round of appropriations, there is no better time to address the wasteful detention bed "quota" or the inappropriate conditions.

Wounded Veterans Work To Put Away Child Predators

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oskar Zepeda has had pretty much one mission in his life: kill or capture. After serving nine tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanist...

Elise Foley

Deportations Drop To Under 370,000 In 2013 | Elise Foley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's deportation numbers hit a low for his presidency in the last year with nearly 370,000 total removals, down fr...

Why I Represent the New Orleans Immigrant Workers Who Committed Civil Disobedience

Bill Quigley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Bill Quigley

In the thirty six-years I have been a lawyer, I have seen many people take brave moral actions. I have represented hundreds in Louisiana and across o...

Obama Administration Aims To Put Lingering Health Care Fears To Rest

AP | Posted 12.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is stressing that information provided while signing up for coverage under the new hea...

Elise Foley

California Signs Unprecedented Anti-Deportation Law | Elise Foley | Posted 10.06.2013 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill on Saturday limiting the state's cooperation with federal immigration authorities, a rebuk...

Elise Foley

Former Cabinet Secretary Backs Bill To Curb Her Old Department | Elise Foley | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano this week urged California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to sign the Trust Act, a California ...

Warning: You'll Never Get These Items Through Customs!

Budget Travel | Posted 09.11.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

There are a few no-no's that U.S. customs will confiscate if you try to get them past the border --some for health reasons, others for complex economic and cultural reasons. In the interest of saving you time, money -- and embarrassment! -- here are a few you should be wary of.

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.

Ryan J. Reilly

Official Who Leaked Obama's Aunt's Immigration Status Thought Americans Had 'A Right To Know' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official admitted he tipped off a reporter that Barack Obama’s aunt was undocumented just four ...

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.

'Greeley Is The Poster Child For Immigration Reform'

The Greeley Tribune | Sherrie Peif | Posted 09.21.2013 | Denver

Everyone in the audience nodded their heads in agreement as Rhonda Solis discussed one of the largest immigration raids in U.S. history. Solis talked...

Immigration Enforcement Director Stepping Down

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) - The director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said on Monday he will step down at the end of J...