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Federal Judge Orders Release Of Hundreds Of Women And Children From Family Detention Facilities

Citing a 1997 court settlement on the detention of children, late last week U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that hundreds of mothers and children currently held in family detention facilities must be released by the federal government. From the AP: “The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in California is a victory … Continue reading »

Immigrant Leaders Arrested In Action Protesting Treatment of LGBTQ Immigrants In ICE Detention

Six immigrant rights leaders were arrested yesterday during an action protesting the treatment of LGBTQ immigrants while in ICE detention. “We are asking President Obama to free all LGBT people from detention because detention is not protecting them. Detention is brutalizing them,” said Brooke Cerda-Guzmán, an undocumented transgender woman. Cerda-Guzmán was one of the six … Continue reading »

ICE Immigration Officials: Transgender Women May Now Be Held In Women’s Facilities

Transgender detainees will now be held in facilities matching their gender identity, ICE immigration officials announced on Monday. From Fusion: “We believe this guidance is the most comprehensive for transgender individuals in any custodial entity,” Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, the deputy assistant director for custody programs for ICE, told Fusion in a telephone interview Monday. Some 75 … Continue reading »

Back From A Tour Of Detention Facilities, House Democrats Say Proposed DHS Changes May Not Be Enough

In a press conference earlier today, a group of House Democrats welcomed news that DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson will make changes, including limiting detention times and lowering bond rates, to the family detention system. But after visiting two facilities in Texas earlier this week, including one where a detained mother recently attempted suicide, Democrats say the Secretary’s … Continue reading »

Congressional Delegation Describes “Emotional” Visit With Detained Mothers At Karnes Facility

Yesterday, eight House Democrats spent several hours meeting with detained mothers and their children at the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes, Texas. Rep. Joaquin Castro, who led the Congressional delegation, called it “a very emotional visit,” with one mother saying she and her child have been detained at the facility for nearly a year. … Continue reading »

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 »