Immigration Detention

DHS Argues It Has Evidence That Locking Up Immigrant Families Deters Migration. One Problem: It’s So Wrong.

DHS Argues It Has Evidence That Locking Up Immigrant Families Deters Migration. One Problem: It’s So Wrong.

By Eunice Lee, Detention Attorney, ACLU, Immigrants' Rights Project at 10:02am
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to claim both the incredible and the disgraceful: that Central American mothers and children fleeing danger pose a "national security" threat to the United States and must be locked away.
Un-American Justice: Chilling Scenes from a Southwest Courtroom

Un-American Justice: Chilling Scenes from a Southwest Courtroom

By Patricia Flynn, Communications Fellow, ACLU at 11:46am

Imagine a courtroom where the accused face a judge 50 at a time. They are handcuffed, and their feet are chained together. The judge calls them before the bench in groups of eight to face the charges. His message to the group: either plead guilty to…

What the House is Really Doing on Immigration Today

What the House is Really Doing on Immigration Today

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 10:28am

No one knows when, or if, House leadership will take up immigration reform.

But House appropriators are already poised to consider a bill that will immediately impact the immigration enforcement system for years to come: the Commerce, Justice,…

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…

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…

Needed in Immigration Overhaul: Counsel and Alternatives to Incarceration

Needed in Immigration Overhaul: Counsel and Alternatives to Incarceration

By Kimberly Humphrey, Washington Legislative Office at 12:13pm

Imagine that you are a lawful resident married to a U.S. citizen serviceman who is deployed overseas, and you are looking for a job to help support your family. You find one, but unbeknownst to you, your employer, aiming to expedite the hiring process,…

Georgia: Don’t Allow Extremism to Highjack Good Fixes to Immigration Bill

Georgia: Don’t Allow Extremism to Highjack Good Fixes to Immigration Bill

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 4:39pm

Two years ago, Georgia passed one of the most stringent immigration laws in the country, House Bill 87. Both supporters and opponents of the bill now agree that it has a major flaw which needs to be fixed quickly. As written, the law subjects U.S.…

A Policy Gone Bad: What Happens When a County Enforces National Immigration Law

A Policy Gone Bad: What Happens When a County Enforces National Immigration Law

By Sirine Shebaya, ACLU of Maryland at 1:53pm

A few months ago, the ACLU called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to end its 287(g) program, which delegates immigration enforcement authority to participating law enforcement agencies across the country. Civil rights and faith organizations…

After Supreme Court’s SB 1070 Decision, Federal Court Rules on South Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Law

After Supreme Court’s SB 1070 Decision, Federal Court Rules on South Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Law

By Mariel Villarreal, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 6:48pm

Today, a federal court in South Carolina upheld most of its original order blocking key provisions of South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law from going into effect. The court’s ruling today makes it clear that states like South Carolina cannot…

Victory! New Legal Representation for Those Lost in Detention

Victory! New Legal Representation for Those Lost in Detention

By Carmen Iguina, Equal Justice Works Fellow, ACLU of Southern California at 4:05pm

Mario* had a long history of mental illness prior to landing in immigration custody. He struggled with schizophrenia and had attempted suicide in the past.

Despite this, none of the various immigration officials who came into contact with him…

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