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DOJ: Refugee Moms, Kids Locked Up in Texas Aren't 'People,' Have No Rights

Central American moms and kids fleeing for their lives and seeking asylum in the United States are no better than anarchists, and are not among 'the People' protected by the Constitution. Reaching back to a Supreme Court case from 1904 involving an alleged English anarchist imprisoned on Ellis...

Migrant Teen Mother Who Cut Her Wrist Being Deported to Honduras

"A teenage mother found bleeding from her wrist in the bathroom of a Texas family detention center last week is in the process of being deported. Lilian Oliva Bardales, 19, who had been held with her 4-year-old son since October, was quietly taken from the Karnes County Residential Center early...

ICE Releases a Handful of Refugees from Texas Lockups

"With pressure building on the Obama administration to improve or abolish the detention of immigrant families, officials have agreed to release on bond at least half a dozen immigrant mothers, some of whom had sued the federal government for relief. The women now eligible for bond had previous...

Texas Family Detention Center Now Licensed for Child Care; Expert Details Trauma of Detention

"A corrections corporation that manages a family detention center for Immigration and Customs Enforcement received a child care license from the state of Texas in May, raising questions among attorneys and activists as to whether the company is trying to comply with a court ruling forbidding the...

Refugee Moms, Kids Languish in Texas Immigration Gulags

"Workers are putting the finishing touches on rows of barracks in a 50-acre camp here, the largest immigration detention center in the country. It houses thousands of women and their children who were caught crossing the border illegally and are seeking asylum in the United States. Federal officials...

DHS Statement on Jailing Refugee Moms, Kids

"ICE Director Saldaña and I understand the sensitive and unique nature of detaining families, and we are committed to continually evaluating it. We have concluded that we must make substantial changes to our detention practices when it comes to families. Last summer we faced an unprecedented...

Celebrating Freedom...From Ankle Bracelets, Detention from Karnes

Barbara Hines reports on July 2, 2015: "As many of you know, women and children are being released from Karnes and Dilley on orders of recognizance and ankle bracelets. At least 25 women were released yesterday and more today, including withholding only moms. We have come such a long way since last...

Virginia Raymond - Pro Bono Champion

"Five years ago, Virginia Raymond was teaching Mexican-American studies at the University of Texas at Austin while also directing an oral history project on the death penalty. Although she was a licensed attorney, she was not actively practicing law. That all changed in 2012, when she offered to...

DHS Begins Releasing Refugee Moms, Kids From Family Prisons

"Federal officials have begun releasing hundreds of detained mothers and children from the nation’s family detention centers as part of plans to end long-term detention of migrant families. Nearly two hundred detained parents and children were released over the weekend, according to U.S...

Social Worker at ICE Prison for Refugee Moms, Kids Speaks Out - "What is Happening There is Tantamount to Torture"

Franco Ordoñez, McClatchyDC, July 27, 2015 - "Oliva López thought she’d be working with migrant mothers and children in a group-home setting when hired as a social worker at a Texas family detention center. But when she arrived at the concrete facility and the doors were unlocked...

TRO Halts Licensing of Texas Immigration Jails for Refugee Moms, Kids

Virginia Alvino, Texas Public Radio, Nov. 2, 2015 - "A state judge has temporarily halted efforts for two Texas immigration detention centers to be licensed as child care facilities. That's put the future of the centers in Dilley and Karnes in question." More here at Law360.

Judge Prohibits Texas from Licensing Family Detention Centers as Childcare Facilities

Grassroots Leadership, Nov. 20, 2015 - "Grassroots Leadership today won a temporary injunction in its suit to stop the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from licensing family detention centers in Karnes and Dilley as childcare facilities under an emergency rule. The emergency rule...

Barbara Hines, Denise Gilman Play Key Role in Defending Detained Refugee Kids, Moms in Texas

Jazmine Ulloa, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 31, 2016 - "More than 120 women with children — loaded into government vehicles and shuffled from city to city — arrived this month at the immigrant family detention center in Dilley, adding to the caseloads of lawyers working out of a large...

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...

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...

Texas Sued for Issuing Child-Care License to Immigration Jail

Madlin Mekelburg, Texas Tribune, May 3, 2016 - "A nonprofit organization has sued the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for issuing a temporary child-care license to an immigration detention facility in Karnes City. Grassroots Leadership , which opposes for-profit prisons, says...

Texas Judge Blocks Licensing of Family Immigration Jail

Grassroots Leadership, May 4, 2016 -"A judge in Austin today issued a Temporary Restraining Order preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from implementing 40 TEX. ADMIN. CODE § 748.7 to issue a childcare license to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley...

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...

How to Crowdsource a Refugee Rights Strategy - Stephen Manning, TEDx

TEDx, June 2016 - "Attorney Stephen W. Manning is a founding partner of Immigrant Law Group PC and the founder and director of the Innovation Law Lab, a non-profit that combines technology and litigation to create next generation activism against mass incarceration of refugees and immigrants. This...

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...

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...

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...

Hundreds of Asylum-Seekers Released After Texas Court Ruling

Tina Vasquez, Rewire, Dec. 5, 2016 - "After more than a year of court proceedings, a judge in Texas issued a final judgment late Friday afternoon, preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing child-care licenses to the South Texas Family Residential Center...

In Texas, Prison Lobbyists Write Bill to Ease Requirements for Refugee Lockups for Kids

Meredith Hoffman, Associated Press, Apr. 21, 2017 - "[L]egislators are considering easing requirements for child care facilities, but opponents say the bill would license the centers without improving conditions. Attorneys have warned that it could invite a costly lawsuit. A state representative...

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...