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Supreme Court Oral Argument Preview: Jennings v. Rodriguez

Prof. Kevin Johnson, Sept. 26, 2017 - "Detention as a tool of immigration enforcement has increased dramatically following immigration reforms enacted in 1996. Two Supreme Court cases at the dawn of the new millennium offered contrasting approaches to the review of decisions of the U.S. government...

Bound to Pay: For-Profit Ankle Monitors - Helpful Service or Debt Trap for Desperate Immigrants?

Gus Bova, Texas Observer, Sept. 26, 2017 - "Libre claims it’s helping immigrants by getting them out of detention when no one else will. “Our mission is to give hope to those who have lost it and to help those without a voice in the immigration system,” the company proclaims on...

Jennings v. Rodriguez Argument Analysis: UC Davis Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson

UC Davis Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Oct. 4, 2017 - "Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard reargument in Jennings v. Rodriguez , a class-action constitutional challenge to a variety of provisions of the immigration laws allowing for immigrant detention. After the oral argument last term, the court asked...

Monitoring Detention of Immigrant Children

CHRCL, Nov. 8, 2017 - "Pursuant to Paragraph 33 of the nationwide class action settlement in Flores v. Johnson, 85-cv- 04544-DMG-AGR, Central District of California, class counsel and attorneys and paralegals they designate have the right of "access" to any facility where immigrant children...

ACLU Wins Relief for Immigrant Teens Wrongly Arrested and Jailed Without Due Process

Court Establishes Nationwide Class, Orders Trump Administration to Allow Immediate Hearings ACLU, Nov. 22, 2017 - "The American Civil Liberties Union and co-counsel Cooley LLP, and Holly S. Cooper, co-director of the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, have prevailed in court on behalf of immigrant...

Immigration Jail Slave Wage Cases Move Forward: Chen v. GEO Group; Menocal v. GEO Group

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 employment laws . For the first time, a federal...

Immigration Prisoners Subjected to Strip Searches, Moldy Food, Intimidation: DHS OIG Report

DHS OIG, Dec. 14, 2017 - "A new report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) cites concerns about the treatment and care of detainees by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE). The report is based on recent unannounced OIG inspections...

Expert: Rabgir Habeas Writ 'Groundbreaking'

Liz Robbins, New York Times, Jan. 29, 2018 - "In an impassioned rebuke of the Trump administration’s immigration practices, a Federal District Court judge in Manhattan Monday ordered the immediate release of the immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir, calling his abrupt detention on Jan. 11...

From School Suspension to Immigration Detention

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 case, a fight triggers a criminal charge —...

Class Action Challenges Trump, Sessions Attack on Refugee Children

NYCLU, Feb. 20, 2018 - "The New York Civil Liberties Union today announced a class action lawsuit against the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for trapping immigrant children in prolonged detention. Though the agency is obligated to promptly reunify children with their families, the release...

DHS OIG: Did Not Follow Federal Procurement Guidelines When Contracting for Detention Services

DHS OIG, Feb. 21, 2018 - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for the detention of removable aliens. ICE commonly uses a type of agreement called an IGSA to reserve space at detention facilities owned or operated by state or local governments. In September 2014, ICE...

Immigrants Scammed by Fake ICE Agents...An Inside Job?

Micah Hauser, Feb. 23, 2018, The Guardian - "The South Texas Residential Family Center sits atop a former camp for oilfield workers in the remote, sloping scrubland of the Rio Grande Valley. It is managed by CoreCivic, a private prison company, and has the capacity to hold 2,400 immigrant detainees...

Habeas Petition Challenges Trump's Violation of Repatriation Agreement with Vietnam (Trinh v. Homan)

Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, Mar. 1, 2018 - "Hoang Trinh’s family arrived in the United States when he was 4 years old, fleeing postwar communist Vietnam in 1980. Trinh became a legal U.S. resident, married and raised two American children in California’s Orange County. But he...

Jennings and the Metastization of the ERO Archipelago

Garrrett Epps, The Atlantic, Mar. 9, 2018 - "A quarter-century ago, in 1994, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, on any given day, was holding somewhere around 5,500 immigrants in “immigration detention.” For fiscal year 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement budget documents...

ACLU Files National Class Action Lawsuit Over Trump's Practice of Forcibly Separating Parents, Young Children

ACLU, Mar. 9, 2018 - "The American Civil Liberties Union filed a national class-action lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s practice of forcibly separating asylum-seeking parents and young children. The filing broadens an existing ACLU lawsuit seeking to reunite an asylum...

Bond Victory in San Francisco: Liborio Ramos v. Sessions

Pangea Legal, Mar. 15, 2018 - "On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Pangea client, Floricel Liborio Ramos, was freed from immigration detention after substantial litigation , multiple appeals, and requests for her release. Today, on her first day free after 11 months, Floricel came out to speak in gratitude...

Report: Human Rights Abuses Alleged at West Texas Detention Facility - "I Was Treated Like an Animal"

Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), the Texas A&M University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, and the University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic, Mar. 22, 2018 - "This report is prepared on behalf of approximately 80 African immigrants who...

ICE on Detention of Pregnant Detainees

ICE, Mar. 29, 2018 - "What is the new policy? ICE has ended the presumption of release for all pregnant detainees. Instead, as with all detainees, absent the requirements of mandatory detention, ICE will complete a case-by-case custody determination taking any special factors into account...

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Prolonged Immigration Detention: Aleman Gonzalez v. Sessions

ACLU Northern California, Mar. 27, 2018 - "Two Bay Area fathers who have been detained for over six months at the Contra Costa West County Detention Facility in Richmond, California sued the federal government today in a class action lawsuit challenging their unlawful and prolonged detention. ...

ICE Isn’t Following its Own Handbook on How to Deport Kids

Aura Bogado, Reveal News, Apr. 25, 2018 - "An internal federal immigration handbook’s regulations outlining how minors “aging out” of custody are supposed to be treated contrasts starkly with realities on the ground, according to immigration advocates and a federal judge’s...

ICE Held American Citizen in Custody for 1,273 Days

Paige St. John, Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 27, 2018 - "Immigration officers in the United States operate under a cardinal rule: Keep your hands off Americans. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents repeatedly target U.S. citizens for deportation by mistake, making wrongful arrests...

Groups File Complaint Against GEO Immigration Jail in Denver Suburb

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 inadequate treatment of medical and mental...

New Resources from CLINIC (May 2018)

Practice Pointer: Matter of Castro-Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 271 (A.G. 2018) - "This practice pointer provides practitioners guidance on the Attorney General’s Matter of Castro-Tum decision issued on May 17, 2018. Matter of Castro-Tum revokes immigration judges’ and the Board of Immigration...

Babies Behind Bars: Child Abuse Now Government Policy Under Trump, Sessions, Nielsen

Steve Turnham, ABC News, June 18, 2018 - "There’s a vivid term mental health experts use to describe the destruction of the love of life in another human being, especially in a child: It's called “soul murder.” It can happen as a result of physical abuse, they say, but just...

Trump Executive Order Keeps Families Together...Behind Bars

White House, June 20, 2018 - "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq ., it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1 . Policy . It is the policy of this...