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ICYMI: “Daniel Ramirez Medina: I’m a ‘Dreamer’, But Immigration Agents Detained Me Anyway”

In a moving Op-Ed published in the Washington Post this morning, Dreamer Daniel Ramirez Medina writes from inside a detention center, voicing concerns about his future and the future of his three-year-old child. Ramirez has been in the United States since he was 7 years old and received DACA in 2012. Ramirez was arrested on … Continue reading »

Military Experts Condemn Excesses of Trump’s Deportation Force

Why is DHS Secretary Kelly — a retired Marine General — Letting Agents Act with Impunity? Today, several leading military experts are challenging the Trump Administration and DHS Secretary Kelly — a retired Marine General — regarding the policy and practice excesses of ICE and CBP. Yesterday, we highlighted an array of examples and reflections about … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Undocumented Woman With a Brain Tumor Locked Up by ICE”

Washington, DC – As Trump’s unrelenting focus on deportation continues to terrorize immigrant families and communities across the country, a new story out of Texas points to the ugly truth of Trump’s crackdown. As reported by Betsy Woodruff of The Daily Beast, Sara, a 26-year-old undocumented woman is currently being detained in Texas. This month, … Continue reading »

Judge Denies Texas Request To License Detention Center As “Child Care” Facility

Immigrant and refugee advocates won a victory earlier this week after a Texas judge blocked a detention center from being licensed as a “child care” facility. From Esther Lee of ThinkProgress: Judge Karin Crump’s temporary injunction will prevent the 2,400-bed facility in Dilley, Texas from receiving a child care license until a full hearing in … Continue reading »

Immigrants Launch Hunger Strikes Inside Detention Facilities In Texas And California

Immigrants across the nations are launching hunger strikes to highlight the conditions they face at various detention facilities. Earlier today, PRI reported on how 500 women set for deportation at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Liberty, Texas joiuned similar protests that took place in detention centers at  El Paso, Texas, and LaSalle, Louisiana. … Continue reading »

Profiting From Immigrants: Bail Bond Company Charges $420 A Month For A GPS Ankle Bracelet

Libre By Nexus, a Virginia-based bail bond company, has discovered a new way to profit off the misery of immigrants detained by ICE. A string of Spanish-language pieces from La Opinion and Univision highlight the disturbing trend. As a condition for paying their bond for their release from detention, the company is contractually forcing immigrants … Continue reading »

In Court Documents, Mothers Fleeing Violence Allege “Psychological And Physical Harm” At Family Detention Centers

A group of mothers fleeing violence in Central America have filed court papers alleging mistreatment — including “psychological and physical harm” — at family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania. From the New York Times: Claimants in the 60-page filing, all from Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador, include a woman who said she received poor … Continue reading »

“Children Do Not Belong In Prison”: Read The Powerful NYT Editorial Calling For An End To Family Detention

Early last week, a federal judge ordered the release of hundreds of mothers and children from family detention centers, citing a violation of a 1997 court settlement on the treatment of children in such centers. The ruling was hailed by immigration advocates, with the ruling having an almost immediate effect for some families in detention. … Continue reading »

178 House Democrats In Letter To DHS Secretary Johnson: End Family Detention Now

Following a federal judge’s ruling that holding mothers and their children in family detention facilities violates a 20-year-old court settlement, 178 House Democrats sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson urging him to end the harmful practice. In the letter, the Democrats say the “strong evidence that such detention is detrimental to mothers and … Continue reading »

“God Is With Them”: Meet The Faith Leaders Who Comfort Distraught Immigrant Families In Detention

As the first GOP Presidential debate approaches next week, immigration is sure to become a heated — and contentious — topic among the Republican candidates, many of whom are verging to the far-right on immigration in an attempt to woo primary voters. But we know it’s about so much more than just politicking here. Immigration isn’t just … Continue reading »