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DHS OIG To Periodically Inspect CBP and ICE Detention Facilities...Unannounced

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced a program of ongoing unannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. The OIG is initiating this...

Students and Professors Fight for Families at Karnes Detention Center - AILA Leadership Blog

AILA Leadership Blog, Mar. 14, 2016 - "Two weeks ago, six law students from the University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic visited Karnes Detention Center. The students were Kate Chapman (3L), Ivonne Escobar (2L), Hellieth Pedroza Guzman (2L), Nekka Morah (2L), Medjine Desrosiers...

CA11 on Prolonged ICE Detention, Bivens, Jurisdiction: Alvarez v. ICE

Alvarez v. ICE, Mar. 24, 2016 - "Although we hold that § 1252(g) does not bar us from considering the merits of Alvarez’s claim, we also find that no Bivens remedy is available to him, both because the Immigration and Nationality Act sets out sufficient meaningful remedies for Alvarez...

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project Files Complaint with DHS

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, Mar. 28, 2016 - "We submit this complaint to register our ongoing concern regarding the detention of traumatized mothers and children in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) family detention centers. On June 30, 2015, the American Immigration...

Immigrant Detention Centers Through the Eyes of a Therapist - 'What Happened in World War II is Happening Again'

Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 11, 2016 - "Unlike the internment camps, which were filled with people singled out for their ancestry, the nation's three family detention centers hold hundreds of adults and children who crossed into the U.S. illegally or are seeking...

Class Action Habeas Challenges Detention of Immigrants: Muzaliwa v. Brott

ACLU, April 12, 2016 - "The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Law School's Center for New Americans, and Dorsey & Whitney filed a class action lawsuit challenging the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practice of continuing to detain immigrants...

Immigration Detention is Big Business

TRAC, April 12, 2016 - "This report presents an overview of ICE's custody system, and accompanies a series of reports covering each detention facility." Walter Ewing, AIC, Apr. 26, 2016 - "It is easy to forget at times just how sprawling and labyrinthine the U.S. immigration detention...

Private Prison CEOs ‘Pleased’ Their Earnings Soared From Keeping Immigrant Kids In Detention

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, May 10, 2016 - "During separate conference calls to talk about earnings reports, two of the country’s largest for-profit private prisons indicated that they saw their profits soar from holding immigrant mothers and children in detention centers across the country. Revenues...

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."

CHILDREN SEEKING ASYLUM ASK FEDERAL COURT TO END THEIR DETENTION AND APPOINT A MONITOR TO OVERSEE OBAMA'S DETENTION POLICY

CHRCL, May 19, 2016 - "Claiming that the conditions of their detention are "deplorable" and "inhumane," and that they are being illegally held in remote detention centers commingled with hundreds of unrelated adults, children seeking asylum in the United States today asked a...

GAO on Immigration Detention (May 26, 2016)

Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen DHS Management of Short-Term Holding Facilities - "GAO recommends that DHS establish a process to assess time in custody data for all individuals in holding facilities; issue guidance on how and which complaint mechanisms should be communicated to individuals...

Texas Court Issues Temporary Injunction Prohibiting Licensing of Dilley Family Detention Camp

Grassroots Leadership, June 1, 2016 - " In a major victory for advocates, an Austin judge has issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a child care license under lowered standards to the nation’s largest immigration...

Immigration Class Action Settlement: Lyon v. ICE

ACLU, June 14, 2016 - "In a first of its kind class action settlement , the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has agreed to change its policies in four Northern California detention centers, ending severe restrictions on telephone use that make placing outgoing calls nearly impossible...

Eloy Immigration Court Temporary Closure

EOIR, June 23, 2016 - "On May 31, 2016, the Eloy Immigration Court temporarily suspended hearings following confirmation by the Arizona Department of Health Services of a measles outbreak in certain areas within the Eloy Detention Center, and based upon the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration...

Immigration courts in prisons raise issues of due process, public access

TribLIVE, July 31, 2016 - "Raymond Lahoud stood before a judge in a federal immigration court here, arguing why he needed his client's son inside the courtroom. Marco Davilla, an Ecuadorian immigrant, had been accused by his ex-wife of assaulting his 12-year-old son. The son had told Lahoud...

N.C. Teen to be Released on Bond from Immigration Detention

WRAL, Aug. 10, 2016 - "A Durham teen who has been in U.S. immigration custody for more than six months could soon be home after supporters raised money to post his bond. Wildin David Guillen Acosta, 19, was picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents while on his way to Riverside High...

Inside the Administration's $1 Billion Deal to Detain Central American Asylum Seekers

Chico Harlan & Priscila Mosqueda, Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2016 - "As Central Americans surged across the U.S. border two years ago, the Obama administration skipped the standard public bidding process and agreed to a deal that offered generous terms to Corrections Corporation of America, the...

Court Orders Release of Graphic Photos of Arizona Border Patrol Detention Facilities and Damning Expert Witness Testimony

NILC, Aug. 18, 2016 - "Today, groups made public damning evidence, including expert testimony and video stills illustrating the deplorable and unconstitutional conditions detained individuals are subjected to in Border Patrol custody in the agency’s Tucson Sector. The court rejected the...

Will DHS Follow DOJ's Lead in Booting Private Prisons?

Aviva Shen, ThinkProgress, Aug. 18, 2016 - "The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it will stop outsourcing federal prisons to private prison companies after their current contracts expire. But that doesn’t mean the federal government is actually ending private prisons. The DOJ...

Expert: Immigration Detention Lawsuit Could Send 'Strong Signal' to Feds

Sebastien Malo, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Aug. 19, 2016 - "A Honduran mother and young son have filed a lawsuit against U.S. authorities, claiming they were mistreated in detention facilities after they entered the country seeking asylum. The lawsuit, which lawyers say is the first to seek damages...

DHS to Review Privatized Immigration Detention: Statement by Sec. Jeh Johnson

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, Aug. 29, 2016 - "On August 18, the Department of Justice announced that the Bureau of Prisons will reduce and ultimately end its use of private prisons. On Friday, I directed our Homeland Security Advisory Council, chaired by Judge William Webster, to evaluate whether...

Justice Department Gave Supreme Court Incorrect Data in Immigration Case

Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 30, 2016 - "The Justice Department said it provided the Supreme Court with erroneous information that helped it win a 2003 case upholding a blanket policy of denying bail to thousands of immigrants imprisoned while appealing deportation orders. The department...

DHS Subcommittee to Advise on Privatized Immigration Detention

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 - "The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, tasked the Homeland Security Advisory Council to establish a subcommittee entitled the Privatized Immigration Detention Facilities Subcommittee on August 26...

Money & Politics in Immigration Detention

Institute for Justice & Journalism, Sept. 12-13, 2016, Denver - "Detaining immigrants is big business. The Department of Homeland Security has an annual budget for immigration detention of at least $2 billion and locks up more than 400,000 people each year – double the number from 10 years...

ICE Director Sarah Saldaña - Private Detention Contracts Essential (Law360)

Allissa Wickham, Law360, Sept. 22, 2016 - "The head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday that halting the agency’s use of private detention centers would basically turn its system “upside down,” with her remarks coming not long after it was revealed that ICE’s...