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Lampooning Immigration Jails While Exploiting the War on Women: Does the House Immigration Subcommitee Have Any Standards of Decency?

Lampooning Immigration Jails While Exploiting the War on Women: Does the House Immigration Subcommitee Have Any Standards of Decency?

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:20pm
This afternoon, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement is holding a hearing called "Holiday on ICE: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's New Immigration Detention Standards." (webcast here, ACLU statement here). The hearing's title and premise insult the U.S. Constitution by denigrating Immigration and Customs Enforcement's belated attempt to introduce basic, constitutionally required standards of care for the nearly 400,000 people held annually in immigration detention facilities. These men and women are detained for alleged civil, not criminal, immigration violations; many of them have U.S. citizen children and other relatives.

Urgent: Citizens and Immigrants with Mental Disabilities Need Congress's Attention

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:01pm

Mark Lyttle, a native-born U.S. citizen of Puerto Rican descent with mental disabilities, was deported after an immigration court hearing in 2008 at which he had no lawyer. Despite the fact that he spoke no Spanish and was known to have spent time…

Sharing Prints: DOJ and FBI Must Take Responsibility for S-Comm Failures, Too

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:32pm

It’s long past time for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to stop passing the buck on Secure Communities (S-Comm) and take responsibility for the controversial immigration enforcement program. S-Comm has caused unprecedented harms to public…

Expanded Immigration Detention: Locking Up Those Yearning to Breathe Free

Expanded Immigration Detention: Locking Up Those Yearning to Breathe Free

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:11pm

If Rep. Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) bill passes, has his way, a massive expansion of the immigration detention system will take place.

Separating Immigration Policy and National Security, Not American Families

Separating Immigration Policy and National Security, Not American Families

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 3:22pm

As we remember the victims and heroes of 9/11, we're reminded that people of all colors and creeds died on that horrific day, including more than 100 undocumented immigrants. We also remember the courage of survivors, emergency responders, family…

DHS Told Loud and Clear: Stop Tearing Immigrant Families Apart

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:49pm

Last night in Arlington, Virginia, a community spoke to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by bearing witness to fear and hardship sown by the immigration enforcement program misleadingly called Secure Communities. Hundreds of people were…

Immigration Policy in the Obama Years: Dragnet Enforcement First and Foremost?

Immigration Policy in the Obama Years: Dragnet Enforcement First and Foremost?

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:51am

In El Paso last month, President Obama gave a speech on immigration reform in which he said: "I know that the increase in deportations has been a source of controversy. But I want to emphasize: we are not doing this haphazardly; we are focusing…

Homeland Security Suspends Ineffective, Discriminatory Immigration Program

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:23am

Zero for 93,000. That was the government's terrorism conviction record resulting from several preventive immigration measures that targeted citizens of principally Arab- and Muslim-majority nations. At the heart of these efforts stood the National…

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