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Immigration Detention

The Tragic Costs of Immigration Detention

End ICE Abuse | Posted 12.20.2011 | Latino Voices
End ICE Abuse

It makes no sense to be expanding a comparable detention regime that costs too much in wasted dollars and ruined lives, and does little to make us safer. Our series seeks a reckoning with an immigration lock-up system that has spiraled out-of-control.

When Shackling Pregnant Women Is OK

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana | Posted 12.03.2011 | Parents
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

When lockdowns, detention, and "enhanced coercive interrogation techniques" become everyday words, we are preparing children to accept as normal a world in which shackling pregnant women is ok.

Chris Kirkham

After 9/11, A New Era In The Business Of Detaining Immigrants

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 11.09.2011 | Business

This article has been updated On a conference call with investors less than two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Wall Street executive ...

Behind the Walls of an Immigration Detention Center in Florence, Arizona [VIDEO]

Ted Hesson | Posted 10.02.2011 | Impact
Ted Hesson

During our time in Tucson, we met with 27-year-old Hector, a former detainee who spoke in detail about his experience in an immigration detention center.

Immigration Detention: The Golden Goose for Private Prisons

Amnesty International | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Amnesty International

Imprisoning immigrants should not be a golden goose for private corporations,

Fighting To Represent Immigrants With Mental Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Jose Antonio Franco, a 30-year-old man with a mental age of two, was facing deportation. When a judge realized he suffered from moderate retardation, ...

NY Governor Pardons Caribbean Immigrants

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Arlene M. Roberts

In 1738, the French philosopher Voltaire wrote, "Love truth, but pardon error." Last week, New York Governor Paterson adhered to that maxim when he p...

The Deportation Regime

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arlene M. Roberts

Freedom of movement, the ability to cross borders, to create a new life in an adopted homeland is a goal to which many aspire - and even achieve. Imm...

Deportation Roulette

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

It is understood that a legal permanent resident who has a brush with the law would be subject to the consequences - including deportation - based on ...

Immigration Detention Reforms Are More Than Just Window Dressing

Michelle Brané | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Brané

Critics have reduced improvements to facility conditions to potted plants and bingo night. But we are obligated to reform an nefficient system in which detainees have been dying due to negligent medical treatment.

Deadline Approaches for Immigrants Seeking a Pardon to Relieve Deportation Consequences

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

This past spring, Gov. Paterson pardoned a young immigrant with a minor criminal record dating back to his teenage years. Shortly thereafter, the gov...

Committed: An Immigration Love Story

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arlene M. Roberts

Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir in which she chronicles her global quest for solace post-divorce, enjoyed an extensive run on the New York...

Isolated in Detention: Legal Representation and Detained Immigrants

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

In a report released earlier today, the National Immigrant Justice Center found that the availability of affordable legal services for immigrant detainees is grossly inadequate.

IACHR Rules That Deportation Not in the Child's Best Interest

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

IACHR found that U.S. deportation policy violates fundamental human rights because "it fails to consider evidence concerning the adverse impact of the destruction of families, the best interest of the children of deportees, and other humanitarian causes."

Tracking Immigrants in Detention

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

Today the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched its Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS) designed to provide current status on the locat...

Alternative Detention Resolution

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

For many aggrieved parties, the United Nations is a forum for resolving international disputes. But for Carlyle Leslie Owen Dale, a Jamaican immigran...

Special Immigration Board of Pardons to Review Deportation Orders

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Arlene M. Roberts

Immigrants in detention or facing deportation orders can breathe a collective sigh of relief now that Gov. Paterson is set to establish a pardons panel to review cases on an individual basis.

Immigration Detention Facilities To Become Less Like Prisons, Officials Say

AP | MICHELLE ROBERTS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SAN ANTONIO — In an agreement U.S. immigration officials hope will begin to reshape the entire 30,000-bed detention system, some asylum-seekers ...

Crimmigration: How Misdemeanor Offenses Are Becoming Modern-Day Jim Crow Laws

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

In his recently released book "Texas Tough: The Rise of a Prison Empire", author Robert Perkinson analyzes the life and times of America's harshest, l...

A Helping Hand, Then a Slap in the Face: U.S. Immigration Enforcement Policies Cause More Suffering

Marjorie Valbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marjorie Valbrun

It was with deep disappointment that we learned last week that some of the people who were evacuated from Haiti by U.S. Marines in the chaotic days after the earthquake had been jailed in immigration detention centers from the first day they arrived here.

Supreme Court Affirms That Defense Attorneys Must Advise Clients About Deportation Consequences

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

The Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Padilla v. Kentucky when it held that criminal defense attorneys must advise clients about the immigration consequences of pleading guilty.

The Red Cross Hotel (Part Five)

Brigid Brett | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brigid Brett

"Good afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Brett," the customs officer says. "How was your vacation?" "It was bad," I say. "It was very, very bad. We spent two nights in a French detention center."

Reversal of Fortune: How a Pardon Halts Detention and Deportation

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

The fate of a young immigrant man seemed set in stone - mandatory detention since he was a 'criminal alien' followed by deportation to the country of ...

Campaign Launched: Dignity, Not Detention

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Arlene M. Roberts

Varick Street Detention Center was scheduled for closure today, according to an announcement made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) several...

American Bar Association Calls for Shorter Detention Terms for Immigrants

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arlene M. Roberts

When a system is ineffective and no longer functions in the manner initially intended, there are two possible avenues to pursue - either piecemeal, pa...