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Obama: Kids Stuck in Foster Care Due to Deportation a 'Real Problem'

"In a briefing with Latino journalists last week, President Obama directly acknowledged that his administration’s immigration enforcement practices break up families and exclude parents from decisions about the custody of their children. His comments affirmed the central findings of...

Record deportations split families

"Advocates for immigrants say Obama's promise of humane discretion in immigration cases hasn't slowed the deportation of illegal migrants who have not been convicted of crimes. The American Immigration Lawyers Association, in a Nov. 10 report , said its examination of 252 cases...

Without a Country

"The case of Luis Ernesto Rodriguez exemplifies the struggle many deported parents go through to reunite their families. The U.S. has deported more than 1 million [unauthorized] immigrants since 2008. This is one in a series of occasional stories chronicling the people and the communities affected...

Senate Hearing Today: How Comprehensive Immigration Reform Should Address the Needs of Women and Families

“How Comprehensive Immigration Reform Should Address the Needs of Women and Families” Senate Judiciary Committee, Full Committee; DATE: March 18, 2013 TIME: 02:00 PM ROOM: Dirksen 226 "Eliminating or restricting family-based immigration would tear apart existing family structures...

ICE Memo: Facilitating Parental Interests in the Course of Civil Immigration Enforcement Activities

"This Directive establishes ICE policy and procedures to address the placement, monitoring, accommodation, and removal of certain alien parents. The Directive is particularly concerned with the placement, monitoring, accommodation, and removal of alien parents or legal guardians who are: 1) primary...

Immigration Enforcement Policy Change a Win for Kids

"The First Focus Campaign for Children, a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization, reacted to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) release of a set of policy reforms designed to reduce the harm to children and families resulting from immigration enforcement actions against...

NYC Bar Association’s Opposition to Expansion of Detention for Immigrant Mothers and Children - Letter to White House

"[T]he Administration’s plan to jail unprecedented numbers of families and young children while expediting their removal proceedings will lead to large-scale due process violations and the erroneous removals of legitimate refugees and others entitled to international protection. This plan...

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill

"This past summer, the "border kids"— tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid groups mobilized, Congress held hearings , and pleas...

ICE Announces Changes at Immigration Jails for Refugee Moms, Kids; 'General Deterrence' No Longer a Factor on Bond

From ICE, May 13, 2015 , emphasis added: "ICE announces enhanced oversight for family residential centers WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a series of actions to enhance oversight and accountability, increase access and transparency, and ensure...

Letters to White House, DHS Call for End to Family Detention

"Today, the overwhelming majority of Democrats in the House -- including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) – sent Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson a letter saying the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “has not fully grasped the serious...

ABA Releases Report on Family Immigration Detention

ABA, Aug. 20, 2015 - "A new report on the expansion of immigration detention released by the American Bar Association concludes that the federal government’s use of family detention violates applicable laws and human rights norms. The report, developed by the ABA Commission on Immigration...

ABA Commission on Immigration report excoriates federal detention policy for immigrant families

"A report released Aug. 19 by the ABA Commission on Immigration with the assistance of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers takes the federal government to task for its policy of detaining immigrant mothers with young children. “ Family Immigration Detention: Why The Past Cannot...

Report: Immigrant Family Detention Harming Kids' Health

"A new report finds that despite reforms to the family detention system, parents held at a Pennsylvania facility are still struggling to be released and are worried that their children's mental health and well-being could be in jeopardy. The report , released Wednesday by Human Rights First...

ABA Condemns Immigration Raids Targeting Central American Families Seeking U.S. Protection

ABA, Jan. 6, 2015 - Statement of Paulette Brown, President, American Bar Association : "The American Bar Association condemns the U.S. government’s operation targeting the deportation of Central American mothers and children seeking protection in the United States and calls on the government...

PA Revokes License of Berks County Immigration Lockup

AP, Jan. 30, 2016 - "the state decided to revoke the operating license of a residential facility used by the federal government to house asylum-seeking immigrant families. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services said it won't renew the Berks County Residential Center's license because...

Refugee Families Integrating Successfully - MPI Report

MPI, Mar. 23, 2016 - "Despite facing risks to their well-being including linguistic isolation, poverty, and past experiences of trauma, on the whole refugee families with young children in the United States are integrating successfully and achieving self-sufficiency over time, according to a new...

ICE Seeks to Increase Family Immigration Detention Bed Space

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, Nov. 2, 2016 - "Months before the Obama presidency ends, opponents of family detention are concerned his administration is expanding the controversial policy centered on two immigration holding facilities south of San Antonio. After initially signaling...