Immigration Detention

Sorting at a mailroom. Photo source: Jason V. via Wikimedia

Assembly-Line Injustice

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 10:46am
Dozens of tired, bedraggled men line up in shackles to plead guilty en masse. A judge claims his personal best is sentencing 70 people in 30 minutes: an average of twenty-five seconds per person to review the charges, hear his or her plea, and hand down a sentence.
Prison corridor

Detained Immigrants Hungry for Justice, Literally

By Eunice Lee, Detention Attorney, ACLU, Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:24pm

Days into the hunger strike at the Tacoma-based Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), we won a victory for a class of immigrants detained at that facility. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Seattle ruled that the government must provide the basic due process…

While My Grandfather Fought in WWII, My Grandmother Was Locked in a U.S. Concentration Camp

While My Grandfather Fought in WWII, My Grandmother Was Locked in a U.S. Concentration Camp

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 1:58pm

This piece was originally published on In These Times.

Today is the Day of Remembrance: seventy-one years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized military officials to "evacuate" from their homes some…

For U.S. Citizen Caught in Immigration Web, a Step Towards Justice

For U.S. Citizen Caught in Immigration Web, a Step Towards Justice

By Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:45pm

Should a mother have to spend the night in a jail cell – with no warrant, no probable cause, and no opportunity to contest her detention – just because the feds want to investigate her immigration status? We think the answer is clearly no. Wednesday…

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…

What Justin Bieber's Arrest Would Mean for Another Non-Citizen

What Justin Bieber's Arrest Would Mean for Another Non-Citizen

By Diana Scholl, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 1:37pm

When I wrote about Justin Bieber's trouble with the law last week, we didn't know how far he'd fall in just a few days. Now Bieber has been arrested for late-night drag racing in Miami Beach. If convicted, another immigrant in his situation would…

End Near for Shackling of Pregnant Women

End Near for Shackling of Pregnant Women

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 4:51pm

The massive $1.1 trillion spending bill (“omnibus”) passed by Congress last week and signed into law by President Obama includes a significant victory: a provision aimed at ending the atrocious practice of shackling pregnant women in immigration…

Why Beliebers Should Care About Immigration Reform

Why Beliebers Should Care About Immigration Reform

By Diana Scholl, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 1:51pm

Update (01/23/2014): What Justin Bieber's Arrest Would Mean for Another Non-Citizen

As you may have heard, Justin Bieber is being investigated for egging his neighbor's home in Los Angeles. If the damage is found to be $400 or more, Bieber…

Judge Rules that Immigrants in Long-term Lock-up Have Rights

Judge Rules that Immigrants in Long-term Lock-up Have Rights

By Eunice Lee, Detention Attorney, ACLU, Immigrants' Rights Project at 4:41pm

Yesterday, a federal district court in Massachusetts ordered the government to provide Mark Anthony Reid, a U.S. Army veteran who has spent over a year in immigration detention, with the basic due process of an immigration bond hearing. The court held…

Locking Up the Legals

Locking Up the Legals

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 2:46pm

Everyone knows that our immigration system is broken. But one of its worst features remains shrouded in secrecy: Our massive immigration lock-up system.

On any given day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cages approximately 34,000…

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