Immigration Law

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Alternatives to Immigrant Incarceration: A Better Way
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Secor, Heidi Altman and Tara Tidwell Cullen of the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), April 2019 "As the Trump administration seeks to indefinitely detain asylum seekers and continues its rapid expansion of its immigration prison system... Read More

American Immigration Lawyers Held for Hours at Texas Border by CBP
Posted on 18 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MSNBC, Mar. 17, 2019 "Threatened with arrest and asked about their political beliefs, journalists, activists, and lawyers on a federal list are detained and questioned at the border based on their work with asylum seekers." Read More

Groups Demand Release of Infants from Immigration Jails
Posted on 1 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, AILA, CLINIC Legal, Feb. 28, 2019 "We write to bring your attention to an alarming increase in the number of infants being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. As of today, there are at least nine infants under one year... Read More

Will Trump Build a Migrant Baby Jail on a Toxic Landfill?
Posted on 15 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Earthjustice, Feb. 12, 2019 "Earthjustice released a report that highlights how a migrant detention center for unaccompanied children is slated to be placed on top of a former landfill and could have damaging effects on children’s health... Read More

HHS OIG on Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Jan. 2019 "What OIG Found  In the summer of 2017, prior to the formal announcement of the zero-tolerance policy, ORR staff and officials observed a steep increase in the number of children who had been separated from a parent or guardian... Read More

Lawsuit: ICE Detention Centers Deny Detainees Contact With Attorneys
Posted on 27 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Dec. 17, 2018 - "For immigrants facing deportation, assistance from attorneys can make a profound difference in the outcome of their cases — immigrants with lawyers have an overwhelmingly better chance of being able to stay in the U.S... Read More

Migrant Kids Behind Bars a 'Moral Disaster' - AP Report
Posted on 20 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Dec. 19, 2018 - "Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed... Read More

Federal Court Orders that Asylum Seekers Can Move Forward Challenging Delays
Posted on 14 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, Dec. 13, 2018 - "A federal district court in Seattle, Washington issued an order rejecting the government’s arguments that recent asylum seekers who enter the United States without immigration status are not entitled to constitutional... Read More

Tags: bond , detention , asylum

The Landscape of Immigration Detention in the United States
Posted on 11 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Emily Ryo, J.D., Ph.D. and Ian Peacock, M.A., December 5, 2018 - "On any given day, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detains tens of thousands of individuals who are accused of violating U.S. immigration laws. ICE currently relies on... Read More

Child Detention Lawsuit Moves Forward
Posted on 21 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Legal Aid Justice Center, Nov. 16, 2018 - "Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied the U.S. government’s motion to dismiss Legal Aid Justice Center’s lawsuit on behalf of detained immigrant children... Read More

Court Orders Release of Iraqi Detainees, Sanctions Govt. Attorneys: Hamama v. Adducci
Posted on 21 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU of Michigan, Nov. 20, 2018 - "The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan applauds the decision of U.S. District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith to order the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release all Iraqis within 30 days... Read More

Immigration Private Prison Litigation Expands to New Mexico: Ndambi v. CoreCivic
Posted on 16 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Nov. 16, 2018 -"CoreCivic, aka CCA, Sued in New Mexico for Exploiting People Held during Immigration Proceedings "CoreCivic profits from its operation of Cibola by relying heavily on a captive workforce... Read More

Schrag: Proposed Flores Regulation is Legally Invalid
Posted on 6 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Today, Nov. 6, 2018, is the last day to file comments on the Flores NPRM filed by DHS and HHS. So far, over 57,000 comments have been filed. Prof. Philip G. Schrag , co-director of the Center for Applied Legal Studies, the asylum law clinic at Georgetown... Read More

ICE Misled A Federal Court About Why Iraqi Detainees Couldn’t Be Sent Home, Documents Show
Posted on 26 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Oct. 24, 2018 - "Documents unsealed in a federal court in Michigan this week show that ICE officials repeatedly misled the court about the status of Iraqi detainees, insisting that it had an agreement with the Iraqi... Read More

Amnesty International Report: Illegal Pushbacks, Arbitrary Detention & Ill-Treatment of Asylum-Seekers in the United States
Posted on 16 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amnesty International, Oct. 11, 2018 - "The US government has deliberately adopted immigration policies and practices that caused catastrophic harm to thousands of people seeking safety in the United States, including the separation of over 6,000... Read More

  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 .
  • Blog Post: Immigrant Detention Business Is Booming, So Is Abuse

    "Private detention operators like the GEO Group continue to boast about their increasing share value. Time and again they point to the anti-immigrant legislation as a sure guarantee for ongoing business. They have billions at stake and they will do anything possible to keep it that way....
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: ICE paints bleak picture of detention system

    "More than 1,000 pages of internal reports from ICE's Office of Detention Oversight, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, paint an often bleak picture of the inside of the nation's immigration detention system, with detainees in some facilities lacking access to quality...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: My Experience in Immigration Detention

    "Omar Hassan came to the United States from Somalia in 1996 to apply for political asylum. After an immigration judge denied his application, his case was on appeal for 14 years. During that time, he worked 12-hour days as an electronic technician in Austin, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona. In October...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Calls for probe of GEO Group immigration jail in Queens

    "The city public advocate is joining several Queens elected officials in another call to the federal government to stop its association with a private group that has been running a controversial immigration detention center in southeast Queens. Bill de Blasio, along with City Councilman Danny...
  • Blog Post: Report calls for reform of flawed immigrant detention system

    Links to the report , the press release , and an Associated Press article . "The report, Not Too Late for Reform , authored by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR), demonstrates that the Obama administration...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: No Conviction, But No Freedom: ICE Jails Over 13,000 Immigrants

    "On a single day this past fall, the United States government held 13,185 people in immigration detention who had not been convicted of a crime, some of whom will not be charged with one, according to information The Huffington Post obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request....
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 .
  • Blog Post: Local Sierra Club opposes South Florida immigration detention center

    "The Broward Group of the Sierra Club last week announced its opposition to the federal immigration detention center set to be built in the South Florida town of Southwest Ranches . The group “passed a resolution opposing construction of a 1,500 bed for-profit detention facility...
  • Blog Post: Mentally ill immigrants deported without representation

    "The government holds, on average, more than 30,000 immigrants with unresolved status in detention on any given day. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials do not know how many are mentally disabled, but class-action attorneys estimate as many as 1,000 immigration detainees have a ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Administration Refuses to Allow Court Review of Asylum Seekers' Detention

    "The Department of Justice has refused to issue regulations that would allow immigration judges to decide whether to detain asylum seekers who are determined to have viable cases and pose no threat to society. The administration released its decision in response to a petition for rulemaking...
  • Blog Post: The Trouble with Karnes County's ICE 'Hotel'

    "ICE has a shiny, new building to warehouse people." - Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer, Mar. 16, 2012 .
  • Blog Post: Mocking Humane Immigration Detention Standards

    AIC, Mar. 28, 2012 : House Hearing Makes Light of Necessary Detention Reform Released on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 Washington D.C. - Today, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on new immigration detention standards recently issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Cynically...
  • Blog Post: Congress should get serious about immigration detention facilities

    "During the last decade, I’ve crisscrossed America visiting remote immigration detention centers in more than half a dozen states. From New Jersey to California, there are over 250 such facilities that house almost 400,000 immigrants and asylum seekers on an annual basis -- all waiting...
  • Blog Post: Immigration Jail Is No Holiday

    "The flippant title of the hearing ["Holiday on ICE"] shows a blatant disregard for the more than 110 people who have died in immigration custody since 2003. One of them was my uncle Joseph, an 81-year-old throat cancer survivor who spoke with an artificial voice box. He arrived...
  • Blog Post: Friday's Wall of Shame Poster Child: Lamar Smith

    Smith : "This hearing is entitled “ Holiday on ICE ” because ICE has decided to upgrade accommodations for detained illegal and criminal immigrants. While we would all like to be upgraded, we don’t have the luxury of billing American taxpayers or making federal law enforcement...
  • Blog Post: Politicized Neglect: A Report from Etowah County Detention Center

    "This report details findings from an assessment of the Etowah County Detention Center in Alabama, which houses both criminal inmates and immigrant detainees. The Women's Refugee Commission found that, disturbingly, the conditions of confinement at Etowah do not meet ICE's OWN detention...