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Report: No Evidence that Criminal Prosecution Deters Migration

Vera Institute of Justice, June 2018 - "The mass criminal prosecution and incarceration of people entering the country without authorization along the Southwest border has been acclaimed as a success in deterring others from making the same journey. Analysis by the Vera Institute of Justice and...

Federal Court: Family Separation 'Brutal, Offensive...Shocks the Conscience'

"These allegations sufficiently describe government conduct that arbitrarily tears at the sacred bond between parent and child, and is emblematic of the “exercise of power without any reasonable justification in the service of an otherwise legitimate governmental objective[.]” ... Such...

ABA President Hilarie Bass Sends Letter to DOJ, DHS Opposing Separation of Families

ABA, June 12, 2018 - "American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass sent a letter today to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expressing the association’s strong opposition to recent actions by the Department of Justice and DHS that...

What the Bible Really Says About Immigration Policy

Their feelings hurt because many religious denominations and leaders (Franklin Graham!) have denounced family separations at the border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders are pushing back , citing an infamous Bible passage . In 2010 Bruce and Judy...

Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border (Updated June 17, 2018)

Dahlia Lithwick, Margo Schlanger, Slate, June 17, 2018 - "If you’re horrified by news of families being separated at the borders, here’s a bit of news you can use. First, the policy: It helps to be incredibly clear on what the law is, and what has and has not changed. When Donald Trump...

Kids in Cages, Laura Bush Pushes Back, and S.3036

Begin your Monday, June 18, 2018 with these three stories: 1) "Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside." 2) "I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries...

We Are Better Than This

Claire Thomas-Duckwitz, M.A., Ph.D., L.P., June 18, 2018 - "I visited Dilley, Texas in 2015 as part of a research team investigating practices at detention centers that housed migrants from Central America. Our study was commissioned by the Unitarian Universalist Church in order to report on and...

What separation from parents does to children: ‘The effect is catastrophic’

William Wan, Washington Post, June 18, 2018 - "This is what happens inside children when they are forcibly separated from their parents. Their heart rate goes up. Their body releases a flood of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Those stress hormones can start killing off dendrites...

Couple raises record $4 million on Facebook to reunite immigrant families

Jessica Guynn, USA Today, June 19, 2018 - "In what is the largest single fundraiser ever on Facebook, a Silicon Valley couple has drummed up millions of dollars from tens of thousands of people to reunite immigrant parents with their children. As of Tuesday morning, over 97,000 people had contributed...

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...

Expert: Family Separation at Border Unlikely to Deter Central American Asylum Seekers

Tana Ganeva, Raw Story, June 19, 2018 - "Immigration experts point out that in addition to being inhumane, the policy is not likely to be effective because unlike Homan’s contention that the parents are choosing poorly, many don’t have much choice when it comes to fleeing their home...

A Backgrounder on the Flores Agreement

Women's Refugee Commission, June 15, 2018 - The Flores Settlement & Family Separation at the Border

Handcuffs, assaults, and drugs called 'vitamins': Children allege grave abuse at migrant detention facilities

Blake Ellis, Melanie Hicken, and Bob Ortega, CNN, June 21, 2018 - "A year before the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy resulted in more than 2,300 children being separated from their families at the border in a mere five-week period, a ninth-grader in McAllen, Texas, was...

Who’s Really Crossing the U.S. Border, and Why They’re Coming

Stephanie Leutert, Lawfare, June 23, 2018 - "Over the past week, the separation of 2,000 children from their parents along the U.S. border has forced immigration into the national spotlight. President Trump, who initiated the separations and then sought to quash criticism with a muddled executive...

Free Webinar on Family Separation and Family Detention at the Border (1pm Eastern, Wed., June 27, 2017)

PLI - "In the past several weeks, the administration has escalated its efforts to detain, deport, and deter asylum seekers, particularly those from Central America. The administration has used a “zero-tolerance” policy of prosecuting misdemeanor border crossings to justify the separation...

Court Orders Reunification of Families Separated at Border, Certifies Nationwide Class (Ms. L. v. ICE)

ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR CLASSWIDE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION - "Unless there is a determination that the parent is unfit or presents a danger to the child, or the parent affirmatively, knowingly, and voluntarily declines to be reunited with the child: (a) Defendants must reunify...

Support Kids at the Border

Act Blue : "Chip in to critical groups working to protect kids separated from their families by ICE: Al Otro Lado - serves indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana & Los Angeles https://www.alotrolado.org The Florence Project - providing legal & social services to...

Teen Taken at U.S. Border Tells of ‘Icebox’ Cages With 60 Girls

Erik Larson, Bloomberg, July 3, 2018 - "A 15-year-old girl who was forcibly separated from her mother after fleeing to the U.S. from El Salvador described to a Washington State investigator how she was crammed into a windowless room with 60 other girls and deprived of proper sleep or food for three...

Feds Sued for Turning Away Asylum Seeker and Falsifying Paper Trail - Crespo v. USA

AIC - "U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers all too frequently deny individuals fleeing persecution and torture their right to seek protection in the United States, issue summary removal orders against them, and then falsify documents to support their illegal actions. This case is but...

Defense Contractor Detained Migrant Children in Vacant Phoenix Office Building

Aura Bogado, Ziva Branstetter and Vanessa Swales, Reveal, CIR, July 6, 2018 - "A major U.S. defense contractor quietly detained dozens of immigrant children inside a vacant Phoenix office building with dark windows, no kitchen and only a few toilets during three weeks of the Trump administration’s...

Family Separation Update - 4 Things You Need to Know (July 10, 2018)

ACLU, July 10, 2018 - "On June 26, a federal judge issued a national injunction in the ACLU’s class action lawsuit against the Trump administration’s policy of separating children and parents at the border. He ordered the government to reunite all children under five with their parents...

Expert: Court Sanctions Against Feds Over Family Separations Would Be Difficult To Enforce

Alan Gomez, USA Today, July 11, 2018 - "A federal judge may decide this week to impose some kind of punishment against the Trump administration if he determines that it failed to meet his deadlines to reunite immigrant children separated from their parents. Though the image of Attorney General Jeff...

Migrant Child Prisoners Clean Toilets, Can't Hug Siblings

Dan Barry, Miriam Jordan, Annie Correal and Manny Fernandez, New York Times, July 15, 2018 - "Do not misbehave. Do not sit on the floor. Do not share your food. Do not use nicknames. Also, it is best not to cry. Doing so might hurt your case. Lights out by 9 p.m. and lights on at dawn, after...

Judge: Feds Must Treat Separated Migrant Kids for PTSD

Rosa Ferneuax, Mother Jones, July 17, 2018 - "Two immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the southern border have had their constitutional rights violated, a federal judge in Connecticut ruled late last week in yet another blow to the Trump administration’s draconian immigration...

Doctors Blow Whistle on Dangers Migrant Children Face in Detention

Miriam Jordan, NYT, July 18, 2018 - "The Trump administration, faced with a public outcry over the separation of migrant families at the Southwest border, has said it is exploring a major expansion of family detention centers. But two of the government’s own medical consultants said this week...