Immigrants' Children

Bait-and-Switch: As One Family Detention Center Closes, Another Opens

Bait-and-Switch: As One Family Detention Center Closes, Another Opens

By Andrea L. Alford, Media Strategist, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:00pm
When we arrived at the U.S. border, I felt relieved because I thought we were finally safe. But immigration officials took my daughter and me to a place out in the middle of nothing in Artesia, New Mexico, where we were housed in trailers surrounded by barbed wire fences and cut off from the rest of the world. I only wanted to keep my daughter safe, that's why I came to the United States. But I couldn't keep her safe, not when we were locked away for months on end in a place that is bad for children. I understand that immigration officials need to have a system for keeping track of asylum seekers like my daughter and me while we wait for our legal hearings, but I don't think putting us in jail is the right way to do it. Why are we punishing children who have done nothing wrong? The only thing we have done is seek a safer, happier place for our children. Wouldn't any mother do that for her children? -- Former Detainee in Artesia
My Name Is Magaly: Community Leader, Homeowner, Taxpayer, and Undocumented Mother

My Name Is Magaly: Community Leader, Homeowner, Taxpayer, and Undocumented Mother

By Magaly at 2:59pm

I was 23 years old when I crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with my husband, aunt, and cousin.

Before we came to the United States, we lived in a community in Veracruz. My husband was in the Mexican Army, but the money he made was not enough to…

Detained for the Holidays

Detained for the Holidays

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 10:44am

This fall, Zadia* and her son Jose* came to the United States to escape years of physical abuse by her common-law husband. With the help of members of their church, Zadia and Jose fled Honduras. But rather than find refuge, they have been locked up…

Victory! The University of Michigan Grants In-State Tuition to DREAMers

Victory! The University of Michigan Grants In-State Tuition to DREAMers

By Javier Contreras, DREAMer at 11:39am

Yesterday, we Dreamers won a huge victory for equality in Michigan. The Regents of the University of Michigan voted 6-2 to grant in-state tuition to all Michigan students who meet certain basic educational requirements, regardless of their immigration…

For Some Families Fleeing Violence, a Shot at a Fair Shake

For Some Families Fleeing Violence, a Shot at a Fair Shake

By Daniel Galindo at 4:56pm

When I met Milagro* and her two toddlers just a few months ago, they were locked up in a makeshift federal detention facility in the desert of Artesia, New Mexico, awaiting imminent deportation to Honduras – a near certain death sentence in light…

You Heard the Court, Gov. Brewer: Give the DREAMers Their Licenses

You Heard the Court, Gov. Brewer: Give the DREAMers Their Licenses

By Orion Danjuma, Skadden Fellow at 9:54am

Until now, thousands of young Arizonans have been prevented from getting jobs, going to school, or even attending to sick children – all thanks to Gov. Jan Brewer's ban on granting them driver's licenses.

That situation is set to change soon.…

Immigration Detainees Have the Right to Due Process, Too

Immigration Detainees Have the Right to Due Process, Too

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 2:12pm

Alejandro Rodriguez’s parents brought him from Mexico when he was a baby. Prior to his detention, Alejandro earned his green card and lived near his extended family in Los Angeles, working as a dental assistant to support his two U.S. citizen…

Stepping Out of the Shadows

Stepping Out of the Shadows

By Deisy Hernandez, Outreach Coordinator, ACLU of Nevada at 9:35am

My mother, Estela, and I arrived in the United States in 1988. I was two years old as she carried me in her arms across the Mexico-U.S. border. I was too young to understand what was happening, but my mom has told me many times why we left.

Before…

How Can a 3-Year-Old Represent Himself in Court?

How Can a 3-Year-Old Represent Himself in Court?

By Beth Werlin, American Immigration Council & Kristin Macleod-Ball, American Immigration Council at 5:28pm

Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as a few months old, come before immigration judges and are called upon to defend themselves against deportation. Among them is Arturo,* a three-year-old…

Children Shouldn’t Be Left Alone in Immigration Court

Children Shouldn’t Be Left Alone in Immigration Court

By Sandra Hernandez, ACLU of Southern California at 10:39am

Eleven-year-old Luisa was too young to apply on her own for a visa to come from Guatemala to the United States where she hoped to be reunited with her mother. But since federal immigration authorities detained her last year in Texas, Luisa has learned…

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