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Feds Open Third Baby Jail for Refugee Minors in North Texas

JULIETA CHIQUILLO, ANA AZPURUA and DIANNE SOLIS, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 21, 2015 - "More than 170 Central American migrant children are settling in a camp in rural Rockwall County as the federal government announced that a third camp in Texas will host 200 migrant minors. The youths are scheduled...

Denial of Due Process to Incarcerated Immigrant Families Worsens in Spite of Court Ruling

AILA, CLINIC, AIC, HRF, RAICES, Dec. 24, 2015 - "Attorneys and advocates called the government to account for rushing detained children and mothers through the legal processes designed to protect them from danger; glaring due process violations have led to the deportation of families with valid...

Prelim. Injunction Issued in Detention Lawsuit Against ICE: Doan v. Bergeron

Doan v. Bergeron, Dec. 31, 2015 - "Kim Anh Thi Doan’s First Amended Complaint [#77] asserts that she is being unlawfully detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) custody. First Am. Compl., Count I. Presently before the court is her Motion for Preliminary Injunction...

ICE to Roll Out New Alternative to Detention Initiative

ICE, Jan. 8, 2016 - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) will commence the Family Case Management Program (FCMP) on January, 21, 2016. The FCMP is a new alternative to detention (ATD) initiative that uses qualified case managers to promote...

Arizona Detention Conditions Lawsuit Moves Forward: Doe v. Johnson

Court Rejects Government’s Efforts to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Inhumane Detention Conditions in Border Patrol Facilities and Certifies Large Class of Immigrant Plaintiffs; Class Now Seeks to Unseal Government Documents Detailing Abuse NILC, Jan. 13, 2015 - "On Monday, a federal district...

Texas Mulls Licensure of Immigration Jails for Refugee Kids, Moms

Andrea Ball, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 29, 2016 - "The speakers trekked to the podium one after another, simultaneously lambasting and pleading with a panel of child protection officials weighing the fate of thousands of immigrant mothers and children in detention centers. Why on earth, they...

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...

Report Shows Poor Medical Care Led to Deaths at U.S. Immigration Jails

NIJC, Feb. 25, 2016 - "A report, Fatal Neglect: How ICE Inspections Ignore Deaths in Detention , released today by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Detention Watch Network (DWN) and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), examines egregious violations of medical standards by U.S...

Lengthy Detention of American Citizen by ICE Yields Small Award: Watson v. USA

Watson v. USA, Feb. 25, 2016 - "This arcane case involves a combination of critical negligent factual errors by government officials and rare reversals in the interpretation of applicable substantive citizenship law. An American citizen was wrongly arrested and held as an alien for 1,273 days while...

ICE Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers Meeting, March 16, 2016, San Antonio, TX

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 39 / Monday, February 29, 2016 - "The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) will meet in San Antonio, TX to brief Committee members on ICE’s family residential centers and to review and assess...

Notice of ICE Public Meeting on Family Residential Centers, San Antonio, Wed., Mar. 16, 2016

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 39 / Monday, February 29, 2016 - "The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) will meet in San Antonio, TX to brief Committee members on ICE’s family residential centers and to review and assess...

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...