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Eight House Democrats To Visit Family Detention Facilities In Texas Next Week

In a press conference yesterday, eight House Democrats announced plans to visit two detention centers in Texas early next week. The House members, including Whip Steny Hoyer, Rep. Joaquin Castro, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, will tour facilities housing women and … Continue reading »

Officials To Release At Least Six Immigrant Mothers From Karnes Detention Facility

With pressure from both advocates and members of Congress mounting over the past several weeks, immigration officials announced yesterday plans to release at least six immigrant mothers from a Texas detention facility. “The women now eligible for bond had previous requests for release denied by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and had been issued deportation … Continue reading »

Immigration, Family, Children’s Advocates Hold Twitterstorm Calling For DHS To End Family Detention

Earlier today, immigration, family, and children’s advocates held a “Twitterstorm” calling for DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to end the administration’s harmful family detention policy. The movement to end family detention has gained considerable steam over the past few months, with over 150 Democrats from both chambers of Congress sending letters to Secretary Johnson also calling for … Continue reading »

Senate Democrats Send DHS Secretary Letter Urging End To Family Detention

Today, Senate Democrats sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson urging him to “end the practice of presumptive detention of families.” “While these mothers and children wait their turn before an immigration judge, there are many alternatives to detention that are more humane, cost-efficient, and will keep families together,” the letter states. “We are … Continue reading »

136 House Democrats Send DHS Letter Calling For End To Family Detention

Today, 136 House Democrats sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson asking the administration to end its family detention policy. The letter, which includes a majority of House Democrats, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, was spearheaded by Reps. Zoe Lofgren, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Luis Gutiérrez. “We cannot hear reports … Continue reading »

House Democrats, Accompanied By Formerly-Detained Mom, Call For End To Family Detention

This morning, nearly a dozen members of Congress, including Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and Rep. Lucille Royball-Allard, held a press conference calling for the Department of Homeland Security to end its controversial family detention program. The House Democrats were joined by Dree Collopy, a pro bono attorney who has met with detained families, … Continue reading »

Los Angeles County Nixes Controversial Immigration Program

One vote was the deciding factor that put an end to the controversial 287g program in Los Angeles County, California. The program, which was adopted in 2005, allowed Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to enter county jails in order to determine whether certain inmates could be transferred into federal custody to face deportation. Furthermore, … Continue reading »

US Bishops Call For Dismantling, Reforming Immigrant Detention System

Yesterday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called for dismantling and reforming the federal government’s gargantuan immigrant detention system. From the AP: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a sobering report that tens of thousands of immigrants are housed in prison-like conditions that cause psychological harm and are inhumane and ineffective. That … Continue reading »

Federal Court Blocks Government from Detaining Mothers and Children Seeking Asylum

Last Friday, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction blocking the Obama Administration’s practice of locking up mothers and children seeking asylum in the United States. The ACLU filed the case on behalf of mothers and children who have fled their home countries facing conditions of extreme fear and violence.  Each had been found by … Continue reading »

By Huge Margin, NYC Council Passes Bills Supporting Immigrant Communities, Limiting ICE

This afternoon, this tweet with some good news caught our attention: Bill to stop NYC from cooperating with ICE without judicial warrant passes @NYCCouncil 41-6. — Mara Gay (@MaraGay) October 22, 2014 And, a report from the New York Observer: The New York City Council overwhelmingly passed legislation today to stop the Department of Correction … Continue reading »