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Private Prison Industry Looks on Gleefully As Trump’s Mass Deportation Strategy Tears Apart Families & Hurts Economy

Donald Trump’s mass deportation of immigrants are tearing apart families and damaging the economy — but one group that’s benefiting is the private prison industry (and their investors). At the Daily Beast, Betsy Woodruff covered a shareholder call this week conducted by the GEO group, a private prison company that is being sued for human trafficking and … Continue reading »

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 »

Court Orders Release Of Video Stills Showing Deplorable Conditions Inside Border Patrol Detention Facilities

Following attempts by Border Patrol to keep evidence from the public, a court ordered the release of video stills depicting disturbing conditions inside detention facilities in the Tucson, Arizona sector. From the American Immigration Council: Accepting the position of the Plaintiffs and the Arizona Republic, which intervened to argue for the release of the materials, … 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 »

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