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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...

Report of the DHS Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers

ICE, Sept. 30, 2016 - "The detention of migrant children and families by the U.S. government has been controversial since its inception. Child and family detention has been the subject of a number of federal lawsuits – most notably, the Flores litigation (currently captioned Flores v. Lynch...

Former BIA Members and IJs Blast Refugee Detention Regime

In a 4-page letter dated October 31, 2016 to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, twelve former BIA members and Immigration Judges made the case for due process for asylum applicants, and criticized the current detention regime.

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...

Prolonged Detention Stories (Jennings v. Rodriguez)

NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic and Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) - "In the United States today, people are held in immigration detention for months and even years without getting their day in court. In Jennings v. Rodriguez, the Supreme Court has the opportunity...

Federal Judge Orders U.S. to Reform Immigration Bond Practice - Hernandez v. Lynch

ACLU, Nov. 11, 2016 - "A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction ordering U.S. officials to implement substantial reforms in their system for setting bail bonds to ensure that immigrants are not detained merely based on their poverty. The ruling, issued late Thursday by Judge Jesus...

Court Orders Feds to Improve Conditions in Immigration Holding Cells

NILC, Nov. 18, 2016 - "A federal district court today found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is violating the constitutional rights of people detained in holding facilities in Arizona and ordered the government to take steps to improve conditions in these facilities, known as hieleras . This...

New SPLC report uncovers abuse and neglect at immigrant detention centers in the South

SPLC, Nov. 21, 2016 - "As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to deport up to 3 million people, an investigation of immigrant detention centers in the South has found that detainees are routinely denied their due process rights and frequently endure inhumane conditions in isolated facilities that...

SCOTUS Argument Preview: The Constitutionality of Immigrant Detention - Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson, Nov. 23, 2016 - "In recent years, the U.S government has aggressively used detention of immigrants as a tool for enforcing the immigration laws. Immigration detention became national news in 2014 when the Obama administration detained tens of thousands of Central American women and...

Links to All Briefs in Today's Supreme Court Oral Argument: Jennings v. Rodriguez

Jennings v. Rodriguez case file, SCOTUSblog

Transcript of Supreme Court Oral Argument: Jennings v. Rodriguez

Supreme Court, Nov. 30, 2016

CBP Opening 'Temporary' Immigration Jail in Donna, Texas

CBP, Nov. 30, 2016 - "U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is standing up a temporary holding facility adjacent to the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge in Donna, Texas to provide additional capacity for unaccompanied children and family units in CBP custody at Ports of Entry and U.S. Border...

Caution Light for Private Immigration Jails: DHS Advisory Council Report

HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY COUNCIL, Report of the Subcommittee on Privatized Immigration Detention Facilities, December 1, 2016 Elise Foley, Roque Planas, Dec. 1, 2016 - "Private prison companies received a blessing on Thursday from a Department of Homeland Security panel tasked with determining...

S.C. Oral Argument Analysis: Immigrant Detention and the Constitution - Jennings v. Rodriguez

Kevin Johnson, Dec. 1, 2016 - "[T] he justices appeared deeply divided during oral argument in Jennings v. Rodriguez . This class-action challenge to immigration detentions raises questions about whether immigrants, like virtually any U.S. citizen placed in criminal or civil detention, must be guaranteed...

Texas Court Blocks Licensing of Family Detention Camps as 'Childcare' Facilities

Grassroots Leadership, Dec. 3, 2016 - "In a major victory for detained asylum seeking mothers and their children, an Austin judge Friday issued a final judgment effectively preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing child care licenses to the nation’s...