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Feds Planning Massive Family Immigration Jail in South Texas

"Federal officials are planning a new for-profit family detention lockup for immigrant children and their parents in South Texas. The 2,400-bed “South Texas Family Detention Center”—as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is referring to it—is slated for a 50-acre site...

Q & A With Robert "Other People's Blood" Kahn

"Your book, Other People’s Blood: U.S. Immigration Prisons in the Reagan Decade , covers the abusive treatment of Central American refugees in U.S. detention centers in the 1980s. We seem to be back here again, especially with the Artesia detention center in New Mexico. Why is this happening...

CCA Pick for Texas Immigration Jail Draws Ire

"Five years after claims of scathing human rights abuses ended the detention of immigrant families at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, federal officials this week have unveiled plans to build another detention center in South Texas to house parents and children amid the unprecedented number...

Detention center brings immigration debate to small-town New Mexico

"Unprepared for thousands of parents with children who entered the country illegally, immigration officials parceled out a portion of the federal law enforcement training facility in Artesia to use as a detention center for about 600 women and children, most of them from Guatemala, Honduras and...

Who Profits From Plans to Lock Up More Immigrant Families? Private Prison Companies

"Last week, the federal government announced that it will detain as many as 2,400 women and children on property in Dilley, Texas, that is currently used as a “man camp” for oilfield workers. The new facility will be the largest family detention center in the country, and the third to...

Dangerous By Decree: Detention Without Bond in Immigration Proceedings - Margaret H. Taylor

ICE attorneys at Artesia and Karnes City are citing Matter of D-J- for the proposition that all Central American asylum seekers should be held without bond. In Dangerous By Decree: Detention Without Bond in Immigration Proceedings , 50 Loyola Law Review 149 (2004) (Symposium on Immigration Law and Terrorism...

GAO on Immigration Detention: Oversight of Facility Costs and Standards

"What GAO Found Within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) uses two different methods to collect and assess data on detention costs; however, these methods do not provide ICE with complete data for managing detention costs across facilities...

ICE, CCA Funnel Immigration Detention Dollars from Texas to Arizona

"When the immigration detention center in Dilley fills up next year, the city of Eloy, Arizona, population 16,600, stands to make $436,000. Eloy will benefit because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tapped the town as a pass-through to funnel $290 million to a private jail company to operate...

For-Profit Family Detention: Meet the Private Prison Corporations Making Millions by Locking Up Refugee Families

"In this joint report by Grassroots Leadership and Justice Strategies , we review the history of charges of sexual abuse and neglect of children, indifference to medical needs, inadequate and unsanitary food, and brutal treatment by staff, levied in lawsuits, government investigations, and allegations...

Foursome in Sweetheart Deal: ICE, CCA, Eloy, Dilley

"The largest immigrant detention facility in the country is under construction in the brush country of South Texas, about 85 miles from Mexico. What's unusual is how the government bypassed the normal bidding process, using a small town in Arizona, 931 miles away, as the contractor." -...

American Citizen Sues DHS After Being Locked Up in Immigration Jail for 3.5 Years

"A New York man is suing the Department of Homeland Security for detaining and seeking his deportation for three and a half years as immigration officers ignored his claims of U.S. citizenship. Davino Watson derived citizenship from his father in 2002. In 2008, DHS took him into custody on a...

Migration Myths, Detention Realities - César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

"The large number of children and families who came to the United States over the summer months seeking refuge is no longer news. After filling the front pages, taking over the blogosphere, and occupying the minds of what seemed to be every politician in the country, much of that attention has shifted...

Federal Judge Allows Lawsuit by Detained Asylum-Seekers to Proceed as a Nationwide Class Action

"A federal court judge has certified a nationwide class , and rejected the government’s motion to dismiss, in a lawsuit filed on behalf of certain asylum seekers who are detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for months while they await screening interviews that allow them to...

Old Contract With GEO Group May Tie Karnes County's Hands Over Family Immigration Prison Expansion

"On Thursday afternoon, the Karnes County Commissioners Court, which normally meets before a handful of citizens, moved its meeting to an overflow room. The meeting was unusually well-attended because the county’s residents need to decide — and decide fast — whether their county...

NYC Bar Association’s Opposition to Expansion of Detention for Immigrant Mothers and Children - Letter to White House

"[T]he Administration’s plan to jail unprecedented numbers of families and young children while expediting their removal proceedings will lead to large-scale due process violations and the erroneous removals of legitimate refugees and others entitled to international protection. This plan...

ACLU Obtains Judgment Against Sheriff Babeu, Pinal County Based on Officers’ Use of SB 1070 “Show Me Your Papers” Law

"The American Civil Liberties Union obtained a judgment Wednesday against Pinal County, Sheriff Paul Babeu and two Pinal County sheriff’s deputies on behalf of an Arizona woman who spent five days in the custody of immigration authorities after a Pinal County sheriff’s deputy “cited...

The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps

"Over the next year, most of the families who are currently in detention will wend their way through the refugee system. Some will be released on bond to await their asylum hearing; others will remain in custody until their hearings are complete. Those without an attorney will most likely fail to...

Unrepentant, DOJ Defends 'No Bond for Babies' Policy

Lest one be misled by President Obama's ' felons, not families ' rhetoric, look no further than this March 20, 2015 court filing by DOJ defending the execrable Matter of D-J- ' no bond for babies ' policy. In a nutshell, it's all about deterrence, according to DOJ: "After...

Detention of Refugees Illegal Under Penn. Law - Letter to Attorney General

"A group of immigration attorneys and advocates representing mothers and children being held at a family immigration detention center in Pennsylvania have requested the state attorney general close the facility. The Berks County Residential Center is unlawfully imprisoning children under Pennsylvania...

ABA President: Detention of Refugee Moms, Kids "Inconsistent with Fundamental Principles of Liberty"

"... Detention is neither effective nor justifiable as deterrence to migration of families and individuals fleeing violence. Such detention violates basic principles requiring that any deprivation of liberty be justified based on individual circumstances and instead serves an impermissible punitive...

Mar. 24, 2015 EOIR Memo: Docketing Practices Relating to UACs

Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children Cases and Adults with Children Released on Alternatives to Detention Cases in Light of the New Priorities "This memorandum supersedes the September 10, 2014 memorandum entitled "Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children...

Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan to Transform the US Immigrant Detention System

" Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan to Transform the US Immigrant Detention System addresses one of the most troubled features of the US immigration system and highlights the need for fundamental changes to it. The report comes six years since the inception of the Obama administration’s detention...

ICE Announces Changes at Immigration Jails for Refugee Moms, Kids; 'General Deterrence' No Longer a Factor on Bond

From ICE, May 13, 2015 , emphasis added: "ICE announces enhanced oversight for family residential centers WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a series of actions to enhance oversight and accountability, increase access and transparency, and ensure...

LGBT Immigrants See High Detainment Rates, Report Finds: Law360

Allissa Wickham, Law360, May 15, 2015 - " U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained gay and transgender immigrants nearly 70 percent of the time when the agency’s internal assessment tool allowed for their release, according to an analysis published Thursday by the Center...

Letters to White House, DHS Call for End to Family Detention

"Today, the overwhelming majority of Democrats in the House -- including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) – sent Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson a letter saying the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “has not fully grasped the serious...