Immigration Law

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Lawsuit Challenges Lack of Medical Care in ICE Jails
Posted on 20 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CREEC, Aug. 19, 2019 "A nationwide class action lawsuit was filed today against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and others acting in their official capacities. The lawsuit challenges... Read More

Tags: detention , lawsuit , ICE

Detained Children Must Have Adequate Food, Hygiene Items: Court
Posted on 16 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 15, 2019 "In a case that dramatized the plight of children detained at the border, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld an order requiring immigration authorities to provide minors with adequate food, water... Read More

ICE Jail in Colorado Uses Solitary Confinement
Posted on 6 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Susan Greene, Colorado Independent, Aug. 6, 2019 "ICE has a long, yet little-known record of holding detainees in solitary confinement – a term the agency forcefully rejects, preferring “segregation” in “Restricted Housing... Read More

American Citizen Imprisoned by ICE for Three Weeks in Texas
Posted on 23 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Obed Manuel, Dallas Morning News, July 22, 2019 "An 18-year-old Dallas-born U.S. citizen has been in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for more than three weeks, his attorney says. Now his... Read More

Tags: citizen , detention , ICE

ICE Just Quietly Opened Three New Detention Centers, Flouting Congress’ Limits
Posted on 10 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Noah Lanard, Mother Jones, July 9, 2019 "When members of Congress reached a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown in February, they gave Immigration and Customs Enforcement a simple instruction: Stop detaining so many people. Instead,... Read More

What a Pediatrician Saw Inside a Border Patrol Warehouse
Posted on 9 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic, July 3, 2019 "Dolly Lucio Sevier evaluated dozens of sick children at a facility in South Texas. She found evidence of infection, malnutrition, and psychological trauma." Read More

DHS Inspector General Management Alert: DHS Needs to Address Dangerous Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention of Children and Adults in the Rio Grande Valley
Posted on 3 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Inspector General, July 2, 2019 "... During our visits to five Border Patrol facilities in the Rio Grande Valley, we observed serious overcrowding of UACs and families, populations defined as “at-risk” in TEDS standards (see figures... Read More

"Why Detain at All?"
Posted on 29 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, June 29, 2019 "A federal judge has ordered a mediator to move swiftly to improve health and sanitation at Border Patrol facilities in Texas, where observers reported migrant children were subject to filthy conditions... Read More

Judge Orders Feds to Fix Kids' Border Detention Conditions Fast (Law360)
Posted on 29 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dave Simpson, Law360, June 28, 2019 "A California federal judge Friday gave the Trump administration two weeks to get living conditions for children being detained at border facilities up to snuff, following reports that kids there are malnourished... Read More

ICE Focus Shifts Away from Detaining Serious Criminals - TRAC
Posted on 26 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 25, 2019 "Much in the news has been the increasing number of immigrants being held in custody. This report profiles those individuals Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained. Based on case-by-case records recently obtained... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

Gov. Pritzker Signs Package of Legislation Enhancing Protections for Illinois' Immigrant Families
Posted on 25 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Office of the Governor, June 21, 2019 "Making good on his promise to make Illinois a welcoming state for all, Governor JB Pritzker signed three pieces of legislation Friday to protect Illinois' immigrant community amid growing attacks from... Read More

Attorneys: Texas Border Facility is Neglecting Migrant Kids
Posted on 24 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cedar Attanasio, Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, June 21, 2019 "A 2-year-old boy locked in detention wants to be held all the time. A few girls, ages 10 to 15, say they’ve been doing their best to feed and soothe the clingy... Read More

DHS OIG Finds 'Egregious Violations' of Immigration Detention Standards
Posted on 6 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, June 3, 2019 "Overall, our inspections of four detention facilities revealed violations of ICE’s 2011 Performance-Based National Detention Standards, which set requirements for facilities housing detainees. This report summarizes... Read More

Tags: detention , dhs oig , ICE

Government Watchdog Report Says Texas Border Facility Was So Overcrowded That Detainees Stood on Toilets to 'Gain Breathing Space'
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Abby Vesoulis, Time Magazine, May 31, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found an El Paso Border Patrol processing center was so overcrowded that detainees were wearing “soiled clothing for... Read More

Statement of ABA President Bob Carlson, Re: Improper Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, May 31, 2019 "The American Bar Association is deeply disturbed by reports that hundreds of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States are being held by the U.S. Border Patrol in violation of the law and federal policies. ... 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...