Immigration Law

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ICE Detainees Making $1 a Day Sue Over Alleged Wage Theft
Posted on 18 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED, July 16, 2022 "A multi-billion dollar private prison company has allegedly maximized profits by coercing immigrant detainees locked up at two of its facilities in California to work for $1 a day, according to a class... Read More

ISAP SNAFU, Part 2
Posted on 8 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Johana Bhuiyan, The Guardian, Mar. 8, 2022 " Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (Isap) : The US government program was launched in 2004 as a “humane” alternative to detention for immigrants waiting for their cases to be heard... Read More

Tags: geo group , ISAP , ICE

Federal Jury: GEO Group Owes $17.3M in Back Pay to ICE Prisoners
Posted on 30 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martin Kaste, NPR, Oct. 29, 2021 "A federal jury in Tacoma, Wash., says the GEO Group, which owns and runs a large detention center for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, owes former detainees $17.3 million in back pay for tasks such 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

Judge Orders ICE to Explain Why it Cannot Immediately Test for COVID-19 at NWDC
Posted on 30 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Castañeda Juarez v. Asher "[T]he court ORDERS Respondents to show cause no later than five (5) days from the date of this Order explaining why ICE, in consultation with its contractor the Geo Group (“GEO”), cannot immediately... Read More

ICE Prison’s Dollar-a-Day Wages Face Class-Action Suit: Novoa v. GEO Group
Posted on 6 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Robin Urevich, Capital & Main, Dec. 2, 2019 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees who allege they were required to work for $1 a day and, in many cases, for no pay at all, are one step closer to their day in court. The undocumented... Read More

ACLU Report Highlights Death, Abuse and Neglect at Colo. ICE Jail
Posted on 18 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Colorado, Sept. 18, 2019 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers operate without meaningful accountability or oversight. One facility in particular — the Aurora Contract Detention Facility (ACDF), operated by... 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

Cert. Denied in Menocal v. GEO Group (Oct. 1, 2018)
Posted on 1 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jacqueline Stevens writes : " Supreme Court Conference Announcement: Cert Denied for Menocal et al. v. GEO Group, Inc. From October 1, 2018 Supreme Court Docke t for The GEO Group, Inc., Petitioner v. Alejandro Menocal, et al... Read More

Dream Defenders Fight Back Against 'Cease and Desist' Letter from GEO Group
Posted on 8 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

See this link for the Aug. 3, 2018 letter to Dream Defenders from Holland & Knight, lawyers for GEO Group, and then scroll down for the Aug. 6, 2018 reply by the Dream Defenders! Read More

18 GOP Congressmen Aren't Sure About the 13th Amendment
Posted on 16 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Betsy Woodruff, Daily Beast, Mar. 15, 2018 Republicans Say Forced Labor Is Good for Detained Immigrants in Letter Defending Private Prison GEO Group is being sued for paying aliens $1 a day or less while they’re locked up. GOP lawmakers say... Read More

Groups File Complaint Against GEO Immigration Jail in Denver Suburb
Posted on 5 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, June 4, 2018 - "Two immigrants have died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at the Denver Contract Detention Facility in Aurora, Colorado in the last six years. This is in addition to many more detainees who report dangerously... Read More

Immigration Jail Slave Wage Cases Move Forward: Chen v. GEO Group; Menocal v. GEO Group
Posted on 9 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Dec. 8, 2017 - "Federal district court judge Robert Bryan in the Western District of Washington State on December 6, 2017 filed two orders denying GEO's motions to dismiss the latest lawsuits seeking damages for violating... Read More

Lawsuit Aims to Prevent Licensing of Texas Refugee Gulags (Updated: Link to Lawsuit Added)
Posted on 22 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune, Oct. 22, 2015 - "A watchdog group is suing the agency charged with protecting the state’s most vulnerable Texans, alleging the department fast-tracked a policy change that might help the federal government... Read More

In Texas, Prison Lobbyists Write Bill to Ease Requirements for Refugee Lockups for Kids
Posted on 21 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Meredith Hoffman, Associated Press, Apr. 21, 2017 - "[L]egislators are considering easing requirements for child care facilities, but opponents say the bill would license the centers without improving conditions. Attorneys have warned that it could... Read More