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Immigrant detainees deserve lawyers

"Put simply, an immigrant's access to an attorney can be as important as the facts in his or her case. The only reasonable solution is to provide attorneys to those immigrant detainees who need them. It would cost, of course, but due process comes with a price. And in some cases, assigning...

ABA Seeking Fall 2012 Law Clerks and Undergraduate Interns to Assist Immigration Detainees

"The ABA Commission on Immigration is seeking talented law clerks and interns to assist in cutting-edge, individualized assistance to detainees held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The ABA is the only organization in the country that accepts calls from all 250 detention facilities...

New ABA Video Helps Immigrant Detainees Understand Their Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 19, 2012: "To help ensure America’s commitment to justice for all, the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration has produced an updated version of “ Know Your Rights,” an educational video for the more than 400,000 men and women held in ...

'Voluntary' Work Programs Run in Private Immigration Prisons Pay Detainees $1 a Day

"In private prisons around the country, immigrants languishing in detention centers are being put to work by profit-making companies like the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) for far below the minimum wage. For doing a range of manual labor in the facility, the immigrants, many of whom are...

428 Detainees Sign Letter Demanding Review of Broward Immigration Jail

"We received this letter from detainees at the Broward Detention Center. The letter was signed by 428 detainees currently held at the facility. The facility houses just over 700 individuals; 600 men and 100 women. We did not ask for this letter, rather detainees took initiative to draft it and send...

Out of Sight, Immigration Detainees Struggle to be Heard

"With constitutional rights lacking, even for those with no record of crime, immigrants languish, pawns in a burgeoning law enforcement system that is defined by secrecy." - Boston Globe, Dec. 9, 2012 .

ICE Releases Some Immigrant Detainees as Sequester Looms

"Immigration and Customs Enforcement released some people from immigrant detention facilities across the country on Monday in response to looming federal budget cuts. "In order to make the best use of our limited detention resources in the current fiscal climate and to manage our detention...

Immigration Detainees Win Right to Fair Hearing

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

DOJ and DHS Announce Safeguards for Unrepresented Immigration Detainees with Serious Mental Disorders or Conditions

"The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will issue today a new nationwide policy for unrepresented immigration detainees with serious mental disorders or conditions that may render them mentally incompetent to represent themselves in immigration proceedings...

ICE Memo: Review of the Use of Segregation for ICE Detainees

"This directive establishes policy and procedures for U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) review of ICE detainees placed into segregated housing." - ICE, Sept. 4, 2013 .

Dialing with Dollars: How County Jails Profit From Immigrant Detainees

"[J]ails contracting with ICE are not compelled to follow the most recent version of these standards. Some facilities reviewed by The Nation do in fact follow the most recent edition of ICE’s detention standards. But other facilities, like Essex County Jail in New Jersey, which can hold up...

Using Jailed Migrants as a Pool of Cheap Labor

"As the federal government cracks down on immigrants in the country illegally and forbids businesses to hire them, it is relying on tens of thousands of those immigrants each year to provide essential labor — usually for $1 a day or less — at the detention centers where they are held...

Latest Numbers from Artesia

"The mayor of a New Mexico city where federal immigration authorities are holding nearly 500 detainees says the facility will likely get more detainees and it isn't closing anytime soon. Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press more detainees are expected to arrive soon weeks after...