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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

Flores Motion Challenges 'Prison-Like' Detention Camp for Unaccompanied Minors in Florida
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CHRCL, May 31, 2019 - "Today we filed a motion to enforce the Flores settlement challenging the lengthy detention of children at the prison-like detention camp for unaccompanied minors located at Homestead, Florida. The motion details the long-term... Read More

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

CA2 on Medical Care in Immigration Detention: Charles v. Orange County
Posted on 24 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Charles v. Orange County "Plaintiffs-Appellants Michelet Charles and Carol Small were formerly civil immigration detainees at the Orange County Correctional Facility, where they were treated for serious mental illnesses. They instituted this civil... Read More

Alternatives to Immigrant Incarceration: A Better Way
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Secor, Heidi Altman and Tara Tidwell Cullen of the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), April 2019 "As the Trump administration seeks to indefinitely detain asylum seekers and continues its rapid expansion of its immigration prison system... Read More

New FOIA Release - Butler County ICE Detainees Paid in Coffee Packets, ICE Punishes Hunger Strikers in Tacoma
Posted on 27 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Mar. 25, 2019 "Attorneys have been suing private prisons for their exploitation of people in custody under immigration laws, a phenomenon that has been receiving increasing coverage by the mainstream media . But county... Read More

CADC on Detention, Bail Reform Act: US v. Vasquez-Benitez
Posted on 26 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

US v. Vasquez-Benitez "[W]e affirm the district court order releasing Vasquez-Benitez from pre-trial custody under the Bail Reform Act but vacate its order prohibiting the U.S. Marshal from delivering Vasquez-Benitez to the custody of Immigration... Read More

American Immigration Lawyers Held for Hours at Texas Border by CBP
Posted on 18 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MSNBC, Mar. 17, 2019 "Threatened with arrest and asked about their political beliefs, journalists, activists, and lawyers on a federal list are detained and questioned at the border based on their work with asylum seekers." 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

Will Trump Build a Migrant Baby Jail on a Toxic Landfill?
Posted on 15 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Earthjustice, Feb. 12, 2019 "Earthjustice released a report that highlights how a migrant detention center for unaccompanied children is slated to be placed on top of a former landfill and could have damaging effects on children’s health... Read More

HHS OIG on Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Jan. 2019 "What OIG Found  In the summer of 2017, prior to the formal announcement of the zero-tolerance policy, ORR staff and officials observed a steep increase in the number of children who had been separated from a parent or guardian... Read More

Habeas Victory in NYC: Kouadio v. Decker
Posted on 28 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Adam Klasfeld, Courthouse News, Dec. 27, 2018 - "An Ivorian asylum seeker who has spent nearly three years behind bars gained a chance at freedom Thursday after a federal judge blasted his continuing detention as an affront to democratic society... Read More

Lawsuit: ICE Detention Centers Deny Detainees Contact With Attorneys
Posted on 27 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Dec. 17, 2018 - "For immigrants facing deportation, assistance from attorneys can make a profound difference in the outcome of their cases — immigrants with lawyers have an overwhelmingly better chance of being able to stay in the U.S... Read More

Migrant Kids Behind Bars a 'Moral Disaster' - AP Report
Posted on 20 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Dec. 19, 2018 - "Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed... Read More