Immigration Law

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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

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

Teen Taken at U.S. Border Tells of ‘Icebox’ Cages With 60 Girls
Posted on 5 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Erik Larson, Bloomberg, July 3, 2018 - "A 15-year-old girl who was forcibly separated from her mother after fleeing to the U.S. from El Salvador described to a Washington State investigator how she was crammed into a windowless room with 60 other... Read More

From School Suspension to Immigration Detention
Posted on 14 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alice Speri, The Intercept, Feb. 11, 2018 - "The path from school to immigration detention usually goes like this: A teenager, often recently resettled in the United States, gets into some sort of trouble at school. Sometimes, as in Dennis’s... Read More

LGBT Immigrants See High Detainment Rates, Report Finds: Law360
Posted on 17 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Allissa Wickham, Law360, May 15, 2015 - " U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained gay and transgender immigrants nearly 70 percent of the time when the agency’s internal assessment tool allowed for their release, according... Read More

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

The Madness of U.S. Immigration Detention Policy
Posted on 26 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Imagine if Congress mandated that an arbitrary number of jail cells be filled with prisoners -- regardless of the crime rate. Authorities would be required to incarcerate people, no matter the circumstances or the affront to human rights. That’s... Read More

CIVIC Files Civil Rights Complaint Alleging Frequent Denial of Visits at Cal. Immigration Jail Since Election
Posted on 20 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CIVIC, Jan. 18, 2017 - "Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) has filed a formal complaint with the Office for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties within the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of the people who... Read More

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

Huddled Masses, Turned Away
Posted on 28 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Immigration detention: fastest growing incarceration system in the U.S.
Posted on 6 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More