Immigration Law

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Posted on 21 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elena Hodges, June 2022 "The movement to abolish immigration detention in the United States has secured immense victories in recent years. Directly impacted communities around the country are demanding an end to the inhumane and violent practice... Read More

Tags: detention

No Place for a Child
Posted on 16 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Anna Flagg, Julia Preston, June 16, 2022 "In cells built for adults, one-third are child migrants. Border authorities have resisted improving conditions for minors in crowded, freezing facilities." Read More

No Fighting Chance: ICE's Denial of Access to Counsel in U.S. Immigration Detention Centers
Posted on 9 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Report "This ACLU research report, No Fighting Chance: ICE's Denial of Access to Counsel in U.S. Immigration Detention Centers , provides the first comprehensive study of the barriers to access to counsel in U.S. immigration detention... Read More

Over 225,000 Immigrants Monitored by ICE's Alternatives to Detention Technology: TRAC
Posted on 30 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 28, 2022 "According to new data available in TRAC's Quick Facts detention data tool, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is now monitoring 227,508 immigrants using 'alternatives to detention' (ATD) technology. The most common... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

Starving for Justice: The Denial of Proper Nutrition in Immigrant Detention
Posted on 6 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice, Apr. 6, 2022 "Imagine spending months, sometimes years without a single homemade meal. Imagine eating more than 400 meals out of a tray. Imagine having to eat in a dining hall that smells like dirty... Read More

Tags: detention

Access to Counsel: Did ICE Lie to Congress?
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Suzanne Monyak, Roll Call, Mar. 22, 2022 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement claimed in a new report to congressional appropriators about detention that immigrants had “unabated” access to lawyers during the pandemic — though... Read More

Why We Need to Talk About ICE's Rapidly-Expanding "Alternatives to Detention" Program
Posted on 22 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Austin Kocher, Feb. 22, 2022 "We are witnessing a profound shift in the geographic forms of migrant surveillance and control, a shift that is simultaneously about migrants and not about migrants, a shift that is wrapped in the paper of liberal... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

Clinic Students Win Release for Afghan Client in Complex Immigration Court Case
Posted on 8 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mary Wood, Feb. 7, 2022 "With help from students in the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, an Afghan national who had been imprisoned for three years on a misdemeanor charge was recently freed on bond. Second... Read More

Tags: bond , detention , habeas

Illinois’ ICE detention ban to take effect within weeks following appeals court ruling
Posted on 13 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Carlos Ballesteros, Injustice Watch, Jan. 13, 2022 "Two Illinois counties that detain immigrants in federal custody in their local jails will have to terminate their contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement within weeks, an appeals... Read More

ICE Detains 22,000 Immigrants at Start of 2022, Monitors 157,000 on Alternatives to Detention Program
Posted on 13 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Jan. 13, 2022 "According to new data available through TRAC's ' Quick Facts ' tools, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is holding about 22,000 immigrants in civil detention centers across the country at the beginning of... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

On America's Obsession with Locking up Immigrants: Prof. César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
Posted on 13 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Todd Miller, Border Chronicle, Jan. 13, 2022 "When Joe Biden administration took office in January 2021, there were promises of a new direction in border and immigration enforcement, and that the policies of Donald Trump would be left behind. Now... Read More

Tags: detention

Experts Comment in Advance of Supreme Court Oral Argument
Posted on 11 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jan. 11, 2022 - Today the Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in two immigration cases. Two expert comment: Prof. Shalini Ray - "The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday in two related immigration cases , Johnson v. Arteaga-Martinez... Read More

Stale ICE Detention Numbers
Posted on 15 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Austin Kocher, Nov. 15, 2021 "Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is actively undermining Congress by failing to release accurate information about the number of immigrants in detention on a regular basis. While minor data issues with ICE’s... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

Rigged by Design: ICE's Detention Algorithm
Posted on 2 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aly Panjwani, Inquest, Oct. 29, 2021 "ICE’s policy preferences for carceral inputs meant that “the RCA’s algorithm lost the ability to measure true risk,” turning instead into “a tool of prosecution, pairing detention... Read More

Federal Jury: GEO Group Owes $17.3M in Back Pay to ICE Prisoners
Posted on 30 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martin Kaste, NPR, Oct. 29, 2021 "A federal jury in Tacoma, Wash., says the GEO Group, which owns and runs a large detention center for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, owes former detainees $17.3 million in back pay for tasks such as... 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...