Immigration Law

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The Origins of American Immigration Detention
Posted on 20 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tanvi Misra, Ariel Aberg-Riger, Bloomberg CityLab, July 20, 2021 "The U.S. incarcerates more noncitizens than anywhere else in the world. On any given day in the U.S., thousands of people — adults and children — are in government custody... Read More

Tags: detention

Immigration Cyber Prisons: Ending the Use of Electronic Ankle Shackles
Posted on 14 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cardozo Law Immigration Justice Clinic, Freedom for Immigrants, Immigrant Defense Project, July 2021 " Cardozo’s Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic , together with Freedom for Immigrants, and Immigrant Defense Project have co... Read More

Behind Closed Doors: Abuse & Retaliation Against Hunger Strikers in U.S. Immigration Detention
Posted on 23 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, PHR, June 23, 2021 " Behind Closed Doors: Abuse & Retaliation Against Hunger Strikers in U.S. Immigration Detention , a new research report from ACLU and PHR (Physicians for Human Rights), provides an in-depth, nationwide examination... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

Posted on 12 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, June 11, 2021 "A transgender immigrant held in solitary confinement for approximately seven months at a Georgia immigration detention center that is under investigation for abuse is suing the federal government. MALDEF (Mexican American... Read More

Tags: detention , MALDEF

American Citizen Sues ICE for Unlawful Detention
Posted on 11 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, June 11, 2021 "Today, Carlos Rios, a citizen of the United States since 2000, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seeking compensation for... Read More

Tags: citizen , detention , ICE

Lawsuit Filed against CoreCivic in NM
Posted on 20 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU-NM, May 13, 2021 " The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico and the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center (NMILC) today filed a lawsuit on behalf of nine asylum-seekers formerly detained at the Torrance County Detention Facility as... Read More

Washington State Governor OKs Bill Banning For-Profit Jails
Posted on 15 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rachel La Corte, Associated Press, Apr. 14, 2021 "One of the country’s largest for-profit, privately run immigration jails would be shut down by 2025 under a bill signed Wednesday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure approved by the... Read More

Cruelty and Corruption: Contracting to Lock Up Immigrant Women for Profit at the Hutto Detention Center
Posted on 30 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UT Law Immigration Clinic, Grassroots Leadership, Mar. 30, 2021 "The story of the T. Don Hutto (“Hutto”) immigration detention center is a story of women deprived of their liberty and dignity in the pursuit of profits for the private... Read More

Court Blocks ICE, NARA From Destroying Records
Posted on 16 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amy Lieu, American Independent, Mar. 15, 2021 "A federal judge ruled on Friday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the National Archives and Records Administration must preserve sexual assault and death files on detained immigrants... Read More

Tags: detention , NARA , ICE

COVID-19 and Immigration Detention
Posted on 17 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Caitlin Patler, PhD, Jackie Gonzalez, JD, Hamid Yazdan Panah, JD, Immigration Initiative at Harvard, Feb. 2021 "The COVID-19 pandemic exposes a federal immigration detention system of imprisonment without trial that has long failed to properly... Read More

ICE Detention COVID-19 Practices Violate Law: Report
Posted on 12 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Physicians for Human Rights, Jan. 12, 2021 - Praying for Hand Soap and Masks "The harsh and punitive conditions reported in this study show that ICE practices did not comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance or with ICE’s... Read More

ICE Detention Contributed 245K COVID-19 Cases
Posted on 10 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Detention Watch Network, Dec. 2020 "Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) failed pandemic response substantially increased the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to Hotbeds of Infection: How ICE Detention Contributed to... Read More

A Wyoming Town Splits Over a Proposed ICE Jail
Posted on 4 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sarah Tory, High Country News, Dec. 1, 2020 "When a private prison company came to Evanston, Wyoming, local officials believed an economic revival was at hand. Instead, it unleashed a bitter debate." Read More

CBP Broke the Law, Then Lied About It
Posted on 17 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, Nov. 17, 2020 EMAILS SHOW CBP DETAINED HUNDREDS OF IRANIANS FOR HOURS PURSUANT TO UNLAWFUL DIRECTIVE Media Contacts: Matt Adams, NWIRP Legal Director – (206) 957-8611, Imraan Siddiqi, CAIR-WA Executive Director –... Read More

Tags: detention , cbp , FOIA , nwirp , border

ICE Deports Migrant Women Who Alleged Abuse by Georgia Doctor
Posted on 11 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press, Nov. 11, 2020 "The Trump administration is trying to deport several women who allege they were mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to their lawyers. U.S. Immigration... Read More

Tags: Georgia , detention , ICE
  • 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...