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U.S. Immigration Detention System Falls Far Short of Human Rights Standards, Should be Reformed

"On June 21, 2012 the newly appointed Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants Francoise Crépeau will present his first report to the Human Rights Council. The report focuses on the detention of migrants and alternatives to detention – areas of escalating concern globally...

Immigration Law - Moving away from Individual Rights

"Jennifer Oltarsh, an immigration lawyer practicing in Manhattan, writes about how the tendency of Congress and the Obama Administration to require the incarceration of low-level immigration law violators without providing individualized determinations of whether a detainee will be released from...

Out of Sight, Immigration Detainees Struggle to be Heard

"With constitutional rights lacking, even for those with no record of crime, immigrants languish, pawns in a burgeoning law enforcement system that is defined by secrecy." - Boston Globe, Dec. 9, 2012 .

Rights and Protections for Foreign-Citizen Fiancé(e)s and Spouses of U.S. Citizens and Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents

"If you are immigrating to the United States to live permanently, following U.S. immigration laws, we welcome you. We understand you may not be familiar with laws in this country. We want you to know, under all circumstances, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse are illegal in the...

Activist’s Smartphone App Gives Advice on Deportation Laws

A Utah-based immigration activist launched a Spanish-language smartphone application Friday designed to assist those facing detention and deportation proceedings for being in the country illegally. Deyvid Morales, a 21-year-old undocumented immigrant, began working on the application in October and was...

Immigration Reform and Workers’ Rights

"[I]n all the talk of providing a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers while tightening border security, one important issue has, so far, received only passing mention: stronger protections for immigrant workers against exploitation and abuse. Such protections, essential to any...