Immigration Law

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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

ICE Detainee Sent to Solitary for Encouraging Protest of 'Voluntary' Low-Wage Labor
Posted on 13 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Spencer Woodman, The Intercept, Oct. 10, 2017 - "In June, officials at a privately run Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in rural Georgia sentenced an immigrant detainee to a month in solitary confinement to punish him for encouraging... 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

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

CCA, GEO Spend Millions Lobbying Congress for Immigration Prison Contracts; Profits Soar
Posted on 17 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Contrary to private prison corporation claims that they do not lobby on issues related to immigration policy, between 2008 and 2014, CCA spent $10,560,000 in quarters where they lobbied on issues related to immigrant detention and immigration reform... Read More

CA11 on Cuban Adjustment Act: Silva-Hernandez v. USCIS
Posted on 14 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This appeal presents an issue of statutory interpretation arising from the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 (CAA), Pub. L. No. 89-732, 80 Stat. 1161 (reproduced as a historical note to 8 U.S.C. § 1255). Camila Silva-Hernandez contends that the... Read More

CA5, 2-1, Orders Removal of CCA Age-Out Client Despite Clear Govt Error: Gutierrez v. Lynch
Posted on 19 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gutierrez v. Lynch, July 18, 2016 - "We must therefore decide whether Gutierrez became a lawful permanent resident in 2000, when the INS officer signed the I-89 Form certifying that Gutierrez was eligible for a permanent resident card, or in 2004... Read More

No Conviction, But No Freedom: ICE Jails Over 13,000 Immigrants
Posted on 27 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: detention , CCA , ICE

Apparent Suicide at Arizona Immigration Jail
Posted on 1 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Guatemalan woman in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) passed away Sunday at the Eloy Detention Center , of an apparent suicide. Elsa Guadalupe-Gonzales, 24, was found unresponsive in her cell Sunday evening by another... Read More

Private Immigration Jail in Georgia to Close
Posted on 5 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A private corrections company announced Monday it will close a federal immigration detention center in Gainesville by the end of this month, citing a dwindling number of detainees." - AJC, Dec. 2 2013 . Read More

ICE, CCA Funnel Immigration Detention Dollars from Texas to Arizona
Posted on 13 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When the immigration detention center in Dilley fills up next year, the city of Eloy, Arizona, population 16,600, stands to make $436,000. Eloy will benefit because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tapped the town as a pass-through to funnel... Read More

Tags: eloy , detention , Arizona , buch , CCA , ICE , Texas , dilley

Chicago Suburb Rejects Immigration Jail
Posted on 13 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"After a clash involving national immigration issues jolted the normally sleepy politics of south suburban Crete, village leaders this week unanimously rejected plans for a proposed detention center there. Their vote Monday night, which was met... Read More

Foursome in Sweetheart Deal: ICE, CCA, Eloy, Dilley
Posted on 28 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The largest immigrant detention facility in the country is under construction in the brush country of South Texas, about 85 miles from Mexico. What's unusual is how the government bypassed the normal bidding process, using a small town in Arizona... Read More

Tags: eloy , npr , detention , CCA , ICE , dilley

Proposed immigration jail divides Chicago suburb
Posted on 24 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Private Prison CEOs ‘Pleased’ Their Earnings Soared From Keeping Immigrant Kids In Detention
Posted on 11 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, May 10, 2016 - "During separate conference calls to talk about earnings reports, two of the country’s largest for-profit private prisons indicated that they saw their profits soar from holding immigrant mothers and children... Read More