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Marty Atencio (1967-2011): Another Victim of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Jails

Marty Atencio (1967-2011): Another Victim of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Jails

By Gabriel Eber, ACLU National Prison Project & Eric Balaban, ACLU National Prison Project at 10:38am
Earnest “Marty” Atencio, 44 years old, died on December 20, 2011.  His dead body was covered with bruises, lacerations and puncture marks – wounds that made him look like the victim of a vicious attack by criminals.  But Marty Atencio wasn’t attacked on the street; the attack that cost him his life took place at the Maricopa County Jails (MCJ) in Phoenix, run by the self-styled “toughest sheriff in America,” Joe Arpaio, and the assailants wore badges and uniforms.
PBS To Highlight Abuses at the Border

PBS To Highlight Abuses at the Border

By Vicki B. Gaubeca, ACLU of New Mexico & Krystal Gómez, ACLU of Texas at 5:34pm

A year ago this week, a young woman working with the ACLU of New Mexico arrived at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offices at the Ysleta-Zaragoza port of entry in El Paso/Ciudad Juárez. She was there to meet with a New Mexico State Police…

Getting Nothing for Something: (Over)spending at the Border

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 11:20am

If most employers learned that their employees had been falling asleep on the job out of sheer boredom, the last thing they would do is hire more people to do the same work. That, however, is just what U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has…

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...

The Consequences and Costs of a 287(g) Jail Agreement: One Tennessee County’s Story

The Consequences and Costs of a 287(g) Jail Agreement: One Tennessee County’s Story

By Lindsay Kee, ACLU of Tennessee at 1:31pm

Though street-level 287(g) agreements are ending, ICE is continuing the troubled 287(g) program in jails

U.S. Citizen Wrongfully Deported to Mexico, Settles His Case Against the Federal Government

U.S. Citizen Wrongfully Deported to Mexico, Settles His Case Against the Federal Government

By Esha Bhandari, Equal Justice Works Fellow, ACLU at 12:15pm

Mark Lyttle, an American citizen with mental disabilities who was wrongfully detained and deported to Mexico and forced to live on the streets and in prisons for months, settled his case against the federal government this week.

Lyttle will…

Is Illegal Entry the Crime You’re Most Afraid Of?

Is Illegal Entry the Crime You’re Most Afraid Of?

By Ruthie Epstein, ACLU, Washington Legislative Office at 10:39am

Guess what crime is the most prosecuted at the federal level in the United States? Rape? Murder? Assault? Robbery? Racketeering? Financial fraud?

Actually, no. It's illegal entry and re-entry. And I don't mean people trespassing into your home…

ACLU Files FOIA Request for Unreleased DHS Privacy Report on Laptop Searches at the Border

ACLU Files FOIA Request for Unreleased DHS Privacy Report on Laptop Searches at the Border

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 10:07am

Aiming to determine the impact of border searches on Americans’ civil liberties, the Department of Homeland Security has produced a report on its policy of combing through and sometimes confiscating travelers’ laptops, cell phones, and other electronic…

SB 1070: The Fight Continues

SB 1070: The Fight Continues

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 2:41pm

For 19-year-old Hugo Carrillo Escobedo, SB1070 is about more than just “showing your papers.”  After “squealing” his tires, Hugo wound up in immigration detention for eight hours. Hugo’s story is particularly compelling…

UPS Hearts Logistics. Pregnant Employees, Not So Much.

UPS Hearts Logistics. Pregnant Employees, Not So Much.

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:25pm

Peggy Young asked if she could be put on "light duty" at her UPS job during her pregnancy. UPS refused and put her on unpaid medical leave instead.