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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 »

Detention Watch Network: New "Expose and Close" Report Documents Conditions in NM's Artesia Detention Facility

VIEW THE REPORT Rep. Judy Chu Joins Advocates and Experts Urging President Obama to Immediately Close the Artesia Family Detention Center in New Mexico This week, Detention Watch Network released the findings of their latest “Expose and Close” report on the Artesia Family Residential Center – documenting the conditions facing families currently detained in Artesia, New … Continue reading »

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith Introduces Legislation to Improve Conditions at Immigrant Detention Centers

Two months after immigrants launched a hunger strike at the privately run, for-profit Tacoma Detention Center, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) has introduced the Accountability in Immigration Detention Act. According to Maru Mora Villalpando of the #Not1More deportation campaign, the Tacoma hunger strikers are directly responsible for making this legislation happen.  As she siad: This is the first time I’ve read … Continue reading »

Obama Administration May Consider Bond Hearings, Other Deportation Policy Changes

President Obama has been under heavy pressure from immigration reform advocates to address his record rate of deportations — and according to the Los Angeles Times, he may be considering key changes to detention and deportation policy. According to the Times, Obama may be considering bond hearings for detained immigrants, and changes to deportation policies … Continue reading »

HuffPo: This Photo Captures The Painful Reality Of Detaining People Whose Crime Was Looking For A Better Life

Earlier this week, we wrote about an act of civil disobedience in Gadsden, Alabama, where advocates chained themselves to the front doors of the Etowah County Detention Center.  About 100 demonstrators carried banners and chanted slogans, and seven were arrested. But as the Huffington Post lifts up today, the most powerful image came from inside … Continue reading »

1200 Detainees Launch Hunger Strike in Tacoma, Washington

In Tacoma, Washington, hundreds of detainees are in the fourth day of an ongoing hunger strike to protest President Obama’s record deportations. Advocates say that 1,200 detainees are participating in the hunger strike, which would be nearly the entire population of the Northwest Detention Center (1,300).  The hunger strike will continue for at least five … Continue reading »

Obama's 2015 Budget Proposal Would Slash Detention Bed Mandate 10%

The Obama budget proposal is out, and it would like to reduce the detention bed mandate by about 10%. DHS is currently required to fill 34,000 immigrant detention center beds every day, regardless of what current immigration levels are or what detained immigrants have done (or not done) to get there.  Members of Congress have repeatedly … Continue reading »