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Congressional Hearings Show 50% Growth in ICE Detention Under Trump Despite Dysfunctional and Incompetent Inspections System that Fails to Keep People Safe

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 reading »

Ahead of Today’s House Detention Oversight Hearing, Newsweek Highlights Increased Spending on a Private Prisons With Documented Records of Abuse

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 reading »

ICYMI: The Guardian and The Marshall Project Explainer on “How the US Built the World’s Largest Immigration Detention System”

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 reading »

Yazmin Juárez’s Courageous Testimony Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Nowhere are the cruel and deplorable actions of the Trump administration more outstanding than in the abhorrent conditions of immigration detention facilities holding children and families. Yesterday, in a powerful House Oversight Committee hearing, Yazmin Juárez bravely gave a heartbreaking testimony of the death of her one year old daughter weeks after being released from … Continue reading »

TWEETS: Mother of Toddler Who Died from Detention Conditions Tells Congress Her Story

Today,  Yazmin Juarez came to Congress to testify before the House Oversight Subcommittee about the horrible detention conditions that led to the tragic death of her young daughter earlier this year. Yazmin’s and her daughter, Mariee, had made the journey across the border to seek asylum, a trip that Mariee appeared healthy throughout. After they … Continue reading »

Acting ICE Director Won’t Commit to Investigate Trump

Appearance of Selective Enforcement to Protect President   In an exchange at today’s subcommittee hearing of the House Appropriations Committee, Acting ICE Director Kevin McAleenan was given the opportunity to say if his agency would give President Trump’s businesses special treatment on immigration and prosecution. His answer was evasive, and seemed to indicate he thought … Continue reading »

Immigration Experts & Advocates Highlight Upcoming USCCR Hearing

A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today, immigration experts and advocates, who will be testifying will to tomorrow’s United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) hearing, gathered on a press call to  highlight the importance of the hearing the desperate need to make impactful change to an ever-expanding and inhumane system of … Continue reading »

Republicans Brought a Member of Hate Group to Congress to Testify Against Extending Protections for Dreamers and TPS Recipients

On March 6, Republican members of the House brought Andrew Arthur to testify against the need to expand protections for DACA and TPS recipients. They brought Arthur regardless of the fact that he was testifying on behalf of a hate group and held extreme anti-immigrant views. Arthur works for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), … Continue reading »

What We Learned and Still Don’t Know Following Yesterday’s Hearing on Trump Family Separation Policy

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on Trump’s family separation policy with key government witnesses from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Border Patrol, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), and Health and Human Services (HHS).  Despite serious and lasting harm in separating children, key officials admitted they did not express concern over … Continue reading »