Immigration Law

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Feds Planning Massive Family Immigration Jail in South Texas
Posted on 6 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Report: Locking Up Family Values, Again
Posted on 31 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), leading experts on the intersection of families and immigration, have collaborated to show the harm family detention causes and outline sensible alternatives... Read More

ICE Seeks to Increase Family Immigration Detention Bed Space
Posted on 3 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, Nov. 2, 2016 - "Months before the Obama presidency ends, opponents of family detention are concerned his administration is expanding the controversial policy centered on two immigration holding facilities south... Read More

Inside the Administration's $1 Billion Deal to Detain Central American Asylum Seekers
Posted on 15 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chico Harlan & Priscila Mosqueda, Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2016 - "As Central Americans surged across the U.S. border two years ago, the Obama administration skipped the standard public bidding process and agreed to a deal that offered generous... Read More

Celebrating Freedom...From Ankle Bracelets, Detention from Karnes
Posted on 3 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Barbara Hines reports on July 2, 2015: "As many of you know, women and children are being released from Karnes and Dilley on orders of recognizance and ankle bracelets. At least 25 women were released yesterday and more today, including withholding... Read More

Texas Court Issues Temporary Injunction Prohibiting Licensing of Dilley Family Detention Camp
Posted on 2 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership, June 1, 2016 - " In a major victory for advocates, an Austin judge has issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a child care license under lowered... Read More

Letter to Obama: Close Dilley - Central American Refugee Crisis Demands Humanitarian Response, Not Show of Force
Posted on 23 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We, the undersigned civil rights and civil liberties, human rights, faith, immigration, labor, criminal justice, legal, children’s rights, and domestic violence advocacy organizations, oppose the opening of the new family detention facility... Read More

Texas Family Detention Center Now Licensed for Child Care; Expert Details Trauma of Detention
Posted on 13 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A corrections corporation that manages a family detention center for Immigration and Customs Enforcement received a child care license from the state of Texas in May, raising questions among attorneys and activists as to whether the company is trying... Read More

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill
Posted on 21 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This past summer, the "border kids"— tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid... Read More

Barbara Hines, Denise Gilman Play Key Role in Defending Detained Refugee Kids, Moms in Texas
Posted on 1 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jazmine Ulloa, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 31, 2016 - "More than 120 women with children — loaded into government vehicles and shuffled from city to city — arrived this month at the immigrant family detention center in Dilley, adding... Read More

Tags: hutto , clinic , gilman , hines , law , ut , Texas , karnes , dilley

DHS Begins Releasing Refugee Moms, Kids From Family Prisons
Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Federal officials have begun releasing hundreds of detained mothers and children from the nation’s family detention centers as part of plans to end long-term detention of migrant families. Nearly two hundred detained parents and children... Read More

Tags: berks , ryan , atd , raices , DHS , karnes , dilley

Deplorable Medical Treatment at Family Detention Centers - Complaint Filed
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Ten mothers came forward to lodge formal complaints about the substandard medical care they and their children received while detained by the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS). The complaints describe the severe suffering families have endured... Read More

Deportations Stopped for 12 Immigrants Targeted in Raids
Posted on 6 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AP, Jan. 5, 2016 - "Some of the first Central American families targeted by immigration authorities in recent raids have had their deportations temporarily halted. Lawyers said Tuesday that they've managed to temporarily stop deportation proceedings... Read More

Texas Court Blocks Licensing of Family Detention Camps as 'Childcare' Facilities
Posted on 3 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership, Dec. 3, 2016 - "In a major victory for detained asylum seeking mothers and their children, an Austin judge Friday issued a final judgment effectively preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)... Read More

Groups Allege Coercion and Intimidation of Detained Mothers and Children in Texas Immigration Lockup
Posted on 1 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, Sept. 30, 2015 - "Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the... Read More

Tags: clinic , raices , aila , ICE , dilley