Judge Scolds Feds in Immigration Detention FOIA Lawsuit

"A federal judge on Monday questioned whether the government was trying to hide or obscure something by failing to give information to a civil rights group about thousands of immigrant detainees held for long periods. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's written decision came days after government...

ICE Refuses to Release 60-Year-Old Asylum Seeker

Lumpkin, Georgia and Daly City, California, January 6, 2014 – "The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have refused to release 60-year-old Honduran asylum-seeker, Miguel Paz, from immigration custody. Mr. Paz’s attorneys are appealing the decision today."

D. Mass. on Detention, Reasonableness, Six-Month Rule: Reid v. Donelan

"To comply with the constitution’s due process requirement, § 1226(c) must be read to include a “reasonableness” limit on the length of time an individual can be detained without an individualized bond hearing. ... Under the six-month approach, the analysis in this case is...

Immigration Detention: Behind the Record Numbers

"In FY 2012, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detained a record 477,523 adult noncitizens. Since the Obama Administration announced its detention reform initiative in 2009, the number of noncitizens DHS detains yearly has increased by nearly 25 percent. Since passage of the...

American Citizen Can Proceed With Lawsuit Against Feds for Illegal Detention, Profiling

"A federal court in Rhode Island has ruled that the ACLU can proceed with a lawsuit on behalf of a North Providence resident who has twice been held in prison as a deportable “alien” even though she is a U.S. citizen. The court ruling holds that there are critical constitutional limits...

Federal Court Rules Immigrant Detainees Must Be Given Bond Hearings (Khoury v. Asher)

"A federal court ruled late yesterday that a class of immigrants detained at the Tacoma-based Northwest Detention Center must be given bond hearings. The court’s decision comes at the same time that hundreds of immigrant detainees are participating in a hunger strike at the facility. U.S....

AI Justice Sues CBP: Release Detention Abuse Documents

"Americans for Immigrants Justice (AI Justice) filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court against Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to force CBP to disclose documents and records related to the abuse immigrant women, children and men held by CBP in detention facilities along the US border. “We...

Detained Asylum Seekers Sue DHS to End Long Waits for 'Reasonable Fear' Interviews

"ACLU Foundation of Southern California, ACLU of Northern California, and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), along with the international law firm Reed Smith LLP, today filed a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of California on behalf of thousands of immigrants fleeing persecution...

AILA Weighs In On Detention Cases

In a letter to Attorney General Holder and two BIA amicus briefs, AILA makes the case: "Dear Mr. Attorney General: Currently pending before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) are cases raising fundamental interpretative questions about the administration of the immigrant detention system...

What Does the 'War on Drugs' Have to Do With Immigration Detention? Everything.

" Immigration Detention as Punishment led me farther back in time to the beginning of the “war on drugs.” 1986 was the birth year of modern “ immcarceration ” (hat tip to Anil Kalhan for that evocative term), when Congress ordered the Defense Department to make detention...

Texas Immigration Jail Overcrowded; 90% of Detainees Not Criminals

"Recent contract documents reveal the Texas Port Isabel Detention Center is subjecting the average 1115 people it locks up each night to overcrowding, and that 90 per cent of them have no criminal records . On February 11 and 12, 2014 representatives from several private prison firms visited the...

Judge Rules to Limit Mandatory Detention of Immigrants in California

"On Thursday May 15, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of California, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted a motion for a preliminary injunction and motion for class certification in Preap v. Holder , a class action lawsuit in which Asian Americans Advancing Justice –...

In-Depth Report on Immigration Detention Litigation: Video

"Stephen Manning gives an in-depth analysis of prolonged detention in the immigration system. Recently, AILA filed two briefs encouraging Attorney General Eric Holder to adopt a comprehensive, rational immigration detention policy." - AILA, May 22, 2014 .

The Sorry State of Immigration Jails: Stephen Manning

"Saluja Thangaraja was tortured, beaten and held captive in Sri Lanka, her homeland. She was lucky and managed to escape before she was killed. When she arrived in the United States – the land of freedom she was seeking turned out to be the exact opposite: she was imprisoned in a federal detention...

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...

Immigration Detention as Punishment

"Courts and commentators have long assumed, without significant analysis, that immigration detention is a form of civil confinement merely because the immigration proceedings of which it is part are deemed civil. This Article challenges that deeply held assumption. It harnesses the U.S. Supreme...

Tacoma's Immigration Jail Contract Open for Re-Bid in July 2014

"Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is looking for someone to provide secure accommodations for thousands of immigrants slated for deportation from the Northwest each year. So how do you get involved in the exciting world of private prisons? A good start would be to build and staff your own...

Another Lawsuit Against CBP Alleges Horrific Detention Conditions

"Alba Quiñones Flores started her period the first week that she was in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection. Every morning, a guard delivered sanitary napkins to her cell of 20 women—but only four or five pads for all of them. Quiñones couldn't scramble to the...

Push for Cheaper Alternatives to Immigrant Detention Grows

"With immigrant detention levels at their highest point in history — last year, the government spent roughly $2 billion to detain more than 400,000 people — there is a growing push for cheaper alternatives." - Kate Linthicum, L.A. Times, May 31, 2014 .

NM Immigration Jail Designed to Expedite Deportation

"A detention center being opened in southeastern New Mexico to deal with the surge in women caught crossing illegally with children into the U.S. from Central America will be focused on deporting the immigrants quickly, officials said Thursday." - Juan Carlos Llorca, AP, June 27, 2014 .

DHS OIG Examines Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children

"The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), today issued the first of a series of reports on conditions at detention centers being used to temporarily house unaccompanied alien children. The report is based on 87 unannounced site visits conducted by OIG agents...

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...