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ICE Shutters Detention Alternative for Asylum-Seekers

Frank Bajak, Associated Press, June. 9, 2017 - "The Trump administration is shutting down the least restrictive alternative to detention available to asylum-seekers who have entered the U.S. illegally, The Associated Press has learned. Immigration activists consider the move a callous insult...

CA2 on Equitable Tolling: Watson v. USA (No Compensation for American Citizen Illegally Imprisoned by ICE)

Watson v. USA, July 31, 2017 - "Davino Watson, a United States citizen, was improperly held in immigration detention for more than three years because the government mistakenly believed that he was a deportable alien. He sued under the Federal Tort Claims Act in the United States District Court...

Three-Year-Old Immigrant Child Released After Two Years in Immigration Jail

Katie Shepherd, Aug. 9, 2017 - "An immigration judge ordered the immediate release of a three-year-old immigrant child and his mother from a detention center in rural Pennsylvania on Monday, stating that it was one of the most sympathetic cases for release he had encountered in his career. The child’s...

No Tax Refund to GEO Group for Immigration Jails: GEO Group v. Hegar

GEO Group v. Hegar, Aug. 10, 2017 - "The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) sued Glenn Hegar, Comptroller of Public Accounts of the State of Texas, and Ken Paxton, Attorney General of the State of Texas, (collectively, the Comptroller) seeking a refund of sales tax imposed on GEO’s use of gas and electricity...

ICE Seeks Return of Children to Immigration Jail

Laura Benshoff, WHYY, Newsworks, Aug. 21, 2017 - "On a video-conferencing screen at an immigration court in York County Prison, a 4-year-old boy appears, sitting in a white plastic chair next to his mother. Wearing a suit, he colors a piece of paper intently, while attorneys in a room 50 miles...

IJ Orders Release of Child at Berks on Recognizance

On Aug. 16, 2017, Immigration Judge Walter A. Durling ordered the release on recognizance of a child who had been detained at the Berks County, PA "baby jail" for over 650 days. Please read his decision in full. Hats off to Bridget Cambria and team!

Supreme Court Oral Argument Preview: Jennings v. Rodriguez

Prof. Kevin Johnson, Sept. 26, 2017 - "Detention as a tool of immigration enforcement has increased dramatically following immigration reforms enacted in 1996. Two Supreme Court cases at the dawn of the new millennium offered contrasting approaches to the review of decisions of the U.S. government...

Bound to Pay: For-Profit Ankle Monitors - Helpful Service or Debt Trap for Desperate Immigrants?

Gus Bova, Texas Observer, Sept. 26, 2017 - "Libre claims it’s helping immigrants by getting them out of detention when no one else will. “Our mission is to give hope to those who have lost it and to help those without a voice in the immigration system,” the company proclaims on...

Jennings v. Rodriguez Argument Analysis: UC Davis Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson

UC Davis Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Oct. 4, 2017 - "Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard reargument in Jennings v. Rodriguez , a class-action constitutional challenge to a variety of provisions of the immigration laws allowing for immigrant detention. After the oral argument last term, the court asked...

Monitoring Detention of Immigrant Children

CHRCL, Nov. 8, 2017 - "Pursuant to Paragraph 33 of the nationwide class action settlement in Flores v. Johnson, 85-cv- 04544-DMG-AGR, Central District of California, class counsel and attorneys and paralegals they designate have the right of "access" to any facility where immigrant children...

ACLU Wins Relief for Immigrant Teens Wrongly Arrested and Jailed Without Due Process

Court Establishes Nationwide Class, Orders Trump Administration to Allow Immediate Hearings ACLU, Nov. 22, 2017 - "The American Civil Liberties Union and co-counsel Cooley LLP, and Holly S. Cooper, co-director of the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, have prevailed in court on behalf of immigrant...

Immigration Jail Slave Wage Cases Move Forward: Chen v. GEO Group; Menocal v. GEO Group

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Dec. 8, 2017 - "Federal district court judge Robert Bryan in the Western District of Washington State on December 6, 2017 filed two orders denying GEO's motions to dismiss the latest lawsuits seeking damages for violating employment laws . For the first time, a federal...

Immigration Prisoners Subjected to Strip Searches, Moldy Food, Intimidation: DHS OIG Report

DHS OIG, Dec. 14, 2017 - "A new report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) cites concerns about the treatment and care of detainees by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE). The report is based on recent unannounced OIG inspections...

Expert: Rabgir Habeas Writ 'Groundbreaking'

Liz Robbins, New York Times, Jan. 29, 2018 - "In an impassioned rebuke of the Trump administration’s immigration practices, a Federal District Court judge in Manhattan Monday ordered the immediate release of the immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir, calling his abrupt detention on Jan. 11...

From School Suspension to Immigration Detention

Alice Speri, The Intercept, Feb. 11, 2018 - "The path from school to immigration detention usually goes like this: A teenager, often recently resettled in the United States, gets into some sort of trouble at school. Sometimes, as in Dennis’s case, a fight triggers a criminal charge —...

Class Action Challenges Trump, Sessions Attack on Refugee Children

NYCLU, Feb. 20, 2018 - "The New York Civil Liberties Union today announced a class action lawsuit against the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for trapping immigrant children in prolonged detention. Though the agency is obligated to promptly reunify children with their families, the release...

DHS OIG: Did Not Follow Federal Procurement Guidelines When Contracting for Detention Services

DHS OIG, Feb. 21, 2018 - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for the detention of removable aliens. ICE commonly uses a type of agreement called an IGSA to reserve space at detention facilities owned or operated by state or local governments. In September 2014, ICE...

Immigrants Scammed by Fake ICE Agents...An Inside Job?

Micah Hauser, Feb. 23, 2018, The Guardian - "The South Texas Residential Family Center sits atop a former camp for oilfield workers in the remote, sloping scrubland of the Rio Grande Valley. It is managed by CoreCivic, a private prison company, and has the capacity to hold 2,400 immigrant detainees...

Habeas Petition Challenges Trump's Violation of Repatriation Agreement with Vietnam (Trinh v. Homan)

Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, Mar. 1, 2018 - "Hoang Trinh’s family arrived in the United States when he was 4 years old, fleeing postwar communist Vietnam in 1980. Trinh became a legal U.S. resident, married and raised two American children in California’s Orange County. But he...

Jennings and the Metastization of the ERO Archipelago

Garrrett Epps, The Atlantic, Mar. 9, 2018 - "A quarter-century ago, in 1994, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, on any given day, was holding somewhere around 5,500 immigrants in “immigration detention.” For fiscal year 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement budget documents...

ACLU Files National Class Action Lawsuit Over Trump's Practice of Forcibly Separating Parents, Young Children

ACLU, Mar. 9, 2018 - "The American Civil Liberties Union filed a national class-action lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s practice of forcibly separating asylum-seeking parents and young children. The filing broadens an existing ACLU lawsuit seeking to reunite an asylum...

Bond Victory in San Francisco: Liborio Ramos v. Sessions

Pangea Legal, Mar. 15, 2018 - "On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Pangea client, Floricel Liborio Ramos, was freed from immigration detention after substantial litigation , multiple appeals, and requests for her release. Today, on her first day free after 11 months, Floricel came out to speak in gratitude...

Report: Human Rights Abuses Alleged at West Texas Detention Facility - "I Was Treated Like an Animal"

Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), the Texas A&M University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, and the University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic, Mar. 22, 2018 - "This report is prepared on behalf of approximately 80 African immigrants who...

ICE on Detention of Pregnant Detainees

ICE, Mar. 29, 2018 - "What is the new policy? ICE has ended the presumption of release for all pregnant detainees. Instead, as with all detainees, absent the requirements of mandatory detention, ICE will complete a case-by-case custody determination taking any special factors into account...

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Prolonged Immigration Detention: Aleman Gonzalez v. Sessions

ACLU Northern California, Mar. 27, 2018 - "Two Bay Area fathers who have been detained for over six months at the Contra Costa West County Detention Facility in Richmond, California sued the federal government today in a class action lawsuit challenging their unlawful and prolonged detention. ...