ACLU says Colorado Immigrant Settles Detention Case

DENVER - (AP) An immigrant suspected of being in the country illegally could receive $90,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming he was unlawfully held in a suburban Denver jail for 47 days, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday. Luis Quezada, 37, agreed to a $40,000 settlement with the Jefferson...

Immigration detention: fastest growing incarceration system in the U.S.

"The arrest, detention and deportation of illegal immigrants is higher than at any time in U.S. history with more than 2.3 million individuals deported in the last five years. The government's immigration enforcement efforts -- detention -- is now the fastest growing incarceration system...

Lost in Detention: PBS Frontline, Oct. 18, 2011

FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop investigate the Obama administration’s controversial get-tough immigration policy; featuring Maria Hinojosa. PBS Frontline; Check local listings .

Jails No Place for U.S. Immigration Detainees, Report Says

"A report issued today by Human Rights First reveals that despite a 2009 commitment made two years ago today to overhaul the immigration detention system, the United States continues to hold the overwhelming majority of its nearly 400,000 detained asylum seekers and other civil immigration...

Huddled Masses, Turned Away

"Our restrictive immigration laws are bad enough — separating families, sending refugees like Haitians back to devastated countries, denying jobs to foreign students — but how they are administered is even worse. Some immigrants languish in privately operated detention facilities...

Lawsuit: Immigration officials wrongly held man for 7 months

"A Seattle-area man detained by immigration authorities for nearly seven months now claims he was wrongly arrested at Sea-Tac Airport while attempting to fly to Alaska. Describing his arrest as “an arbitrary and indefensible loss of liberty,” attorneys for Haji Dukureh claims he...

A broken, dangerous immigration detention system

"The federal government needs to make good on its promises to reform its detention centers and to make far greater use of alternatives for people who pose no danger. Detainees should have more access to the courts to challenge their detention, and rigid laws that demand automatic or mandatory...

Proposed immigration jail divides Chicago suburb

"A small south suburb has quietly been working with federal officials on a plan to build an immigration lockup of up to 700 beds, placing the semirural town in the middle of a national debate. Some Crete residents, angered by what they call a lack of transparency, have been organizing since...

Four Years Frozen in ICE

"Like thousands of other people in 2006, Jose Franco was detained by immigration authorities. Most detainees are either deported to their country of origin or released after winning their right to remain in the United States. But this case took a different route . Mr. Franco has a mental...

Detained immigrants with mental illnesses face barriers in court

"Schizophrenic man's case shows how, activists say, such defendants are left to fend for themselves. He couldn't afford a lawyer and authorities wouldn't provide one free, so his mother was his advocate." - Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 7, 2012 .

Report Takes Hard Look at Immigration Detention

"The immigrants being held in Essex County and facing deportation tell of being locked down in rooms while being denied medical help, of not getting "a mere" 1,000 to 1,500 calories a day in nutrition, of trying to sleep fully clothed in freezing spaces, of fellow detainees "who...

Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention (Video)

"The detention and deportation of immigrants has reached an all-time high under the Obama administration. Fault Lines investigates the business of immigrant detention and finds out how a few companies are shaping US immigration laws." - Fault Lines, AlJazeeraEnglish, Apr. 10, 2012 .

How One Georgia Town Gambled Its Future on Immigration Detention

"ICE’s reliance on facilities like the Irwin County Detention Center has put small rural towns at the center of one of today’s most contentious policy arguments—how to enforce immigration law. A yearlong investigation by The Nation shows how much politics has come to rule...

The Abuse of the Transgendered in Immigration Detention

"Do you know who I would not want to be? A transgendered person in a federal detention facility awaiting an immigration court hearing or a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals. Such persons may be held in "administrative segregation" for no other reason than their transgendered...

Chicago Suburb Rejects Immigration Jail

"After a clash involving national immigration issues jolted the normally sleepy politics of south suburban Crete, village leaders this week unanimously rejected plans for a proposed detention center there. Their vote Monday night, which was met by applause from local activists, spells the end...

New Report Exposes Inhumane Use of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention System

"Immigrants in detention facilities around the United States are often subjected to punitive and long-term solitary confinement and denied meaningful avenues of appeal, according to an investigation by PHR and Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) . Investigators with...

Dangerousness on the Loose: Constitutional Limits to Immigration Detention as Domestic Crime Control

"The United States immigration detention regime that was reborn in the 1980s is not only unprecedented in scale, but also in rationale. Whereas immigration detention had historically been justified primarily as a means of ensuring immigration compliance, with a secondary purpose of protecting national...

The Madness of U.S. Immigration Detention Policy

"Imagine if Congress mandated that an arbitrary number of jail cells be filled with prisoners -- regardless of the crime rate. Authorities would be required to incarcerate people, no matter the circumstances or the affront to human rights. That’s basically the state of immigration detention...

Man of Two Countries at Home in Neither

"After years in North Texas, Marco Pacheco left Mansfield 17 months ago for Mexico, determined to “get right by the law.” His parents had brought him to Texas unlawfully when he was 12. He graduated from Mansfield schools and a Fort Worth community college. But without legal status,...

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...