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Whitewashing S-Comm's Immigration Enforcement Failures

Whitewashing S-Comm's Immigration Enforcement Failures

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:27pm
Secure Communities, the Obama administration's favored immigration enforcement program, has a track record that includes the unlawful detention of U.S. citizens. Antonio Montejano, for example, was held for four days after an arrest stemming from his children's handling of store merchandise. He remained in custody despite repeatedly proclaiming U.S. citizenship and arrived back home to his worried 8-year-old son, who asked "'Dad, can this happen to me too because I look like you?'"

United in the Fight: Sen. Durbin to Hold Hearing on Racial Profiling in America

By Kimberly Humphrey, Washington Legislative Office at 5:27pm

At this point, most know the story of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old who died from a fatal gunshot wound on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. The tragic story has garnered national attention, bringing to light valuable questions about the role of race and…

The Administration Must Act: Immigrants in Detention Deserve Equal Protection from Sexual Abuse

The Administration Must Act: Immigrants in Detention Deserve Equal Protection from Sexual Abuse

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 6:14pm

In 2009, Claudia Leiva Deras, a domestic violence survivor who is now a lawful U.S. resident, was held in immigration detention at the Cass County Jail in Plattsmouth, Neb. While Claudia waited there for the outcome of her immigration hearing,…

Lampooning Immigration Jails While Exploiting the War on Women: Does the House Immigration Subcommitee Have Any Standards of Decency?

Lampooning Immigration Jails While Exploiting the War on Women: Does the House Immigration Subcommitee Have Any Standards of Decency?

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:20pm

This afternoon, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement is holding a hearing called "Holiday on ICE: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's New Immigration Detention Standards." (webcast here, ACLU…

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…

Facebook, Twitter and DHS: Which One of These Things is Not Like the Others?

Facebook, Twitter and DHS: Which One of These Things is Not Like the Others?

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:58pm

It's tricky monitoring public information online, especially if you're the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Having the government turn a blind eye to information that anyone can read seems strange, yet the practice raises significant questions.…

Help From Washington: Members of Congress See Firsthand the Damage of Alabama’s H.B. 56 And Speak Out

Help From Washington: Members of Congress See Firsthand the Damage of Alabama’s H.B. 56 And Speak Out

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 4:21pm

Today, a congressional delegation traveled to Alabama to see first-hand the devastating effects of H.B. 56.

Expanded Immigration Detention: Locking Up Those Yearning to Breathe Free

Expanded Immigration Detention: Locking Up Those Yearning to Breathe Free

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:11pm

If Rep. Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) bill passes, has his way, a massive expansion of the immigration detention system will take place.

Battling Prison Rape: Immigration Detainees Deserve Protection, Too

Battling Prison Rape: Immigration Detainees Deserve Protection, Too

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 3:02pm

Excluding immigration detention from prison rape standards that prevent, detect and respond to sexual assault in custody is unjustifiable and unconscionable.