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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 »

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 »