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Breaking: ICE Allows Laptops in Detained Immigration Courts (But No iPads or Smart Phones!)

"Today I want to make you aware of a policy change at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that will enhance detainees’ access to fair and impartial immigration court proceedings by giving their advocates an important, additional tool to use during those proceedings. At the request...

Oscar-Nominated Director Emad Burnat Detained by CBP at LAX

"Emad Burnat, the Palestinian who co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary "5 Broken Cameras," was reportedly detained at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday night as he attempted to enter America to attend the Oscars, this according to filmmaker Michael Moore. Burnat...

Two New IJs in Texas for Detained Docket

"Craig A. Harlow, Immigration Judge, Pearsall Immigration Court: Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Judge Harlow in February 2013. Judge Harlow received a bachelor of arts degree in 1989 from Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas, and a juris doctorate in 1992 from St. Mary’s...

Guide for Detained and Removed Parents with Child Custody Concerns

"If you are in immigration detention and you do not know who is taking care of your children, or if your children are in the child welfare system, it is very important that you get help from a lawyer, a legal aid organization, or relatives and friends as soon as possible. Steps you can take to protect...

How CBP Routinely Terrorizes U.S. Citizens at the Border

"Earlier this month, OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman, her family, and her friends were detained for hours by US Customs and Border Protection on their way home from Canada. Everyone being held was a US citizen, and no one received an explanation. Sarah tells the story of their detainment, and her...

Phase I of Plan to Provide Enhanced Procedural Protections to Unrepresented Detained Respondents with Mental Disorders

"EOIR announced its nationwide plan to provide enhanced procedural protections to unrepresented, detained respondents on April 22, 2013 . On August 15, 2013, EOIR began Phase I of its nationwide plan, in order to test aspects of the plan. This document constitutes EOIR’s final guidance for...

1,000 Migrants Detained at McAllen Station, Agents Warn of Overcrowding

"Border Patrol agents detained roughly 1,000 people Wednesday morning at the McAllen Station, severely overcrowding the modest building on Military Highway. Without anywhere else to keep them, agents temporarily detained many immigrants who entered the United States illegally inside the McAllen...

Toolkit: Detained or Deported - What About My Children?

"Apprehended parents are not guaranteed a phone call to make care arrangements for their children. Children can end up in the child welfare system if both parents are apprehended, if the migrant is a single parent, or if another parent or caretaker doesn't know how to find them. Those children...

NYC to Provide Lawyers for All Detained Respondents in Removal Proceedings

"With $4.9 million dollars of funding from the New York City Council included in the FY 2015 budget for the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), New York City will become the first jurisdiction in the nation to provide universal representation to any indigent immigrant detained and...

Jose Antonio 'Define American' Vargas Detained at Texas Airport

"Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented immigrant and prominent immigration activist, was detained at an airport in McAllen, Texas, on Tuesday as he was passing through a security checkpoint, rights groups said. Airport officials in the border city could not confirm...

Federal Judge Allows Lawsuit by Detained Asylum-Seekers to Proceed as a Nationwide Class Action

"A federal court judge has certified a nationwide class , and rejected the government’s motion to dismiss, in a lawsuit filed on behalf of certain asylum seekers who are detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for months while they await screening interviews that allow them to...

Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire - Margaret Regan

"An intimate look at the people ensnared by the US detention and deportation system, the largest in the world On a bright Phoenix morning, Elena Santiago opened her door to find her house surrounded by a platoon of federal immigration agents. Her children screamed as the officers handcuffed her...

Denial of Due Process to Incarcerated Immigrant Families Worsens in Spite of Court Ruling

AILA, CLINIC, AIC, HRF, RAICES, Dec. 24, 2015 - "Attorneys and advocates called the government to account for rushing detained children and mothers through the legal processes designed to protect them from danger; glaring due process violations have led to the deportation of families with valid...

U.S. Citizen Released After 18 Months in Houston Immigration Jail

Jacqueline Stevens, Jan. 18, 2016 - "On January 5, 2016, Lorenzo Palma, with a lawyer finally by his side (Nashville-based civil rights attorney Andrew Free ), won his release from the Houston CCA immigration jail. Ever since immigration judge Saul Greenstein flagged the possibility that Mr. Palma...

EOIR to Open Aurora, Colorado Detained Immigration Court on May 31, 2016

EOIR, May 17, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review today announced it will be establishing a full-time presence and opening an immigration court in the Department of Homeland Security contract detention facility in Aurora, Colo., on May 31, 2016."