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VICTORY! In San Francisco, Immigration Detainees No Longer Shackled

VICTORY! In San Francisco, Immigration Detainees No Longer Shackled

By Jenny Zhao, Liman Public Interest Fellow, ACLU of Northern California at 10:08am
Hard to believe, but until recently, all detained immigrants appearing in the civil immigration court in San Francisco were forced to give critical testimony while restrained by shackles and chains at the wrists, waist, and ankles. The inhumane practice was particularly problematic for asylum seekers and immigrants who had suffered from torture and domestic violence in the past—and it was unnecessary since the majority of immigrant detainees appearing in civil court proceedings are peaceful individuals.
States Surge Forward on Immigrants' Rights in 2013

States Surge Forward on Immigrants' Rights in 2013

By Jonathan Blazer, ACLU at 3:17pm

As 2013 comes to a close, political pundits will no doubt say that the big immigration story of the year was the paralysis of national immigration reform inside the Washington D.C. beltway. That may be so, if all you're doing is counting lines of copy.…

Goodlatte's "Safe to Harass" Act Doubles Down on Enforcement and Cost to Taxpayers

Goodlatte's "Safe to Harass" Act Doubles Down on Enforcement and Cost to Taxpayers

By Dara Lind at 4:12pm

This was originally posted on America's Voice.

We know that House Republicans are in denial about the human cost of immigration enforcement and massive deportations. That's why they'd rather kick immigrant families out of their offices than…

Time to End Impunity for US-Mexico Border Killings

Time to End Impunity for US-Mexico Border Killings

By Vicki B. Gaubeca, ACLU of New Mexico at 1:08pm

Yesterday, the world marked International Migrants Day, providing an opportunity to reflect on global efforts to respect and protect migrants' human rights. It is particularly appropriate for us to call attention to U.S. government failure to protect…

Border Quilt Lays Stories of Loss and Courage on National Mall

Border Quilt Lays Stories of Loss and Courage on National Mall

By Alyssa Telander, Border Resident & Outreach Coordinator, ACLU of New Mexico, Regional Center for Border Rights at 4:23pm

With all the talk about immigration reform that goes on behind closed doors in Washington DC, it's rare to hear from the people who actually live on the US-Mexico border, and who will be profoundly affected by what Congress does or doesn't do regarding…

New limits announced on ICE's solitary confinement of immigrants

New limits announced on ICE's solitary confinement of immigrants

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 4:06pm

Earlier this week, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a new directive regulating the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention. This is a welcome and much-needed step toward curtailing a practice that is both inhumane…

Border Life Overlooked During Congressional Jaunt

Border Life Overlooked During Congressional Jaunt

By Brian Erickson, Policy Advocate, ACLU of New Mexico, Regional Center for Border Rights at 2:05pm

The floating body seen by members of Congress who toured the U.S.-Mexico border this month is the latest emblem of our militarized southwest border. CQ reported that Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) was "shocked" after seeing "firsthand the tragedies of…

Locked Up: Class-Action Lawsuits Challenge Mandatory Detention of Immigrants

Locked Up: Class-Action Lawsuits Challenge Mandatory Detention of Immigrants

By Sarah Mehta, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 3:30pm

We have a broken immigration system. One of the worst features of that system is our draconian immigration prisons...

Operation Streamline

Operation Streamline

By Kung Li, Campaign for an Accountable, Moral, and Balanced Immigration Overhaul at 2:58pm

To understand Operation Streamline, it helps to visit the Judge Roy Bean Saloon & Museum, 60 miles north of Del Rio. This corner of Texas needed a local justice of the peace in the 1880s and Roy Bean took the job. Bean deemed his saloon a courthouse and dispensed what the state's tourism department now describes as "his own brand of justice…with strange, but expedient decisions..."

Border Patrol Overkill

Border Patrol Overkill

By Kung Li, Campaign for an Accountable, Moral, and Balanced Immigration Overhaul at 12:00am

This was originally posted by CAMBIO.

San Diego is a town surrounded by military might. To the north is Camp Pendleton and its 37,000 active duty Marines. To the west, Naval Base Coronado is the command center for the Navy SEALS. To the…