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Locking Migrants in a Freezer? That’s Not Cool

Locking Migrants in a Freezer? That’s Not Cool

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:56pm
Lots happened this week to hearten those concerned about distorted portrayals of the southwest border as a crisis zone when the fact is that cities like El Paso and San Diego are among the safest in the country and migrant apprehensions are near a 40-year low.
Inappropriate Appropriations: The House Votes to Waste Taxpayer Money on Unnecessary Border and Immigration Enforcement

Inappropriate Appropriations: The House Votes to Waste Taxpayer Money on Unnecessary Border and Immigration Enforcement

By Charanya Krishnaswami, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office & Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:22pm

“Trimming excess.”

That’s how Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, described the committee’s recently released 2013 budget for the Department of Homeland Security. Rogers says the…

Hey, Russell Pearce: Latinos in Arizona Aren't Like Kids Breaking Curfew

Hey, Russell Pearce: Latinos in Arizona Aren't Like Kids Breaking Curfew

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:24pm

At the end of today's Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee hearing on state and local immigration enforcement (ACLU statement here), former Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce tried to explain why Arizona's racial profiling law, S.B.…

Whitewashing S-Comm's Immigration Enforcement Failures

Whitewashing S-Comm's Immigration Enforcement Failures

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:27pm

Secure Communities, the Obama administration's favored immigration enforcement program, has a track record that includes the unlawful detention of U.S. citizens. Antonio Montejano, for example, was held for four days after an arrest stemming from…

Is the Senate's Border Enforcement Capitulation Based on Sham Numbers?

Is the Senate's Border Enforcement Capitulation Based on Sham Numbers?

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:42pm

This week, Republican senators used a Congressional Budget Office report to bolster their case for more border resources. The principal negotiators of a proposal to put 20,000 more Border Patrol agents in the Southwest, along with billions of dollars…

Stop Subjecting Immigration Detainees to Widespread and Prolonged Solitary Confinement

Stop Subjecting Immigration Detainees to Widespread and Prolonged Solitary Confinement

By Laura Markle Downton, Director of U.S. Prisons Policy & Program, National Religious Campaign Against Torture & Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:29pm

Senator Chuck Schumer made a clear demand to reform Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) detention practices two weeks ago...

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.

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…

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