Two Congressional hearings yesterday highlighted the massive growth in ICE detention despite a dysfunctional and incompetent inspections system that fails to keep people safe. Heidi Altman of the National Immigrant Justice Center told members of the House Immigration Subcommittee that ICE has detained almost 500,000 people in fiscal year 2019 with over 50,000 people in… Continue »

In light of the upcoming House hearing on the oversight of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities, a Newsweek article yesterday underlines the extraordinary increase in spending by the administration for the largest private prison corporation in the world, The GEO Group. The GEO Group, infamous for its immigrant detention centers and rampant mistreatment… Continue »

House Immigration Subcommittee and House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Management and Accountability each hold hearings this week The Guardian and The Marshall Project jointly produced a series of videos with former immigration officials, legal advocates, and victims of Trump’s family separation policy that provides a thorough explanation of how our country went from detaining… Continue »

Children Describing Emotional Pain of Trump Family Separation Policy, Documented by the HHS Inspector General   Yesterday, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two reports on the treatment of immigrant children in federal custody in 2018. One report described severe challenges in addressing the… Continue »

In the wake of the horrendous DHS Inspector General report of the intense trauma experienced by migrant children, a powerful op-ed authored by three pediatricians for the Boston Globe highlights how the Trump administration’s policies and rhetoric directly threaten the health and well-being of children. They demand the administration stop inflicting trauma on children in… Continue »

Leading observers continue to point out the potential harm of the Trump administration’s announcement to target kids and vulnerable families through indefinite detention.  For example, read Cornell Law professor Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer in the Washington Post recapping the details and implications of the proposed changes to Flores. The research shows long-term detention has lasting mental health… Continue »

Leading Voices Denounce Trump Plan to Indefinitely Detain Kids The Trump administration’s cruel announcement to target kids and vulnerable families through indefinite detention has generated a volume of outrage from leading voices. According to Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communications for America’s Voice, “The cruelty is and always has been the point when it comes to… Continue »

“Families and children should be free and in homes with their loved ones, not jailed indefinitely in unsafe and uncertified facilities.” The following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice, regarding the finalization of the Trump administration’s regulation to allow for more and longer detention of children under weaker standards of… Continue »

“Trump and the Republicans quite literally don’t seem to care.” Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3239, the “Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act,” sponsored by Rep. and Doctor Raul Ruiz (D-CA). Only one GOP Member (Alaska Rep. Don Young) voted for this legislation to provide for basic standards of care for… Continue »

As the Trump administration continues to introduce failing and barbaric immigration policies that are trampling on due process, threatening American citizens, and traumatizing entire communities, and quickly enjoined by the Judicial Branch, the editorial pages of the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post are taking the Trump administration to task. Both take on the… Continue »