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Immigration enforcement program to be shut down

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is starting to shut down a program that deputized local police officers to act as immigration agents.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have trained local officers around the country to act as their agencies' immigration officers. Working either in jails or in the field, the officers can check the immigration status of suspects and place immigration holds on them. Read more >

Dispatch From Detention: A Rare Look Inside Our ‘Humane’ Immigration Jails

Sam Kitching, a soft-spoken, round old man dressed in civilian clothes who works for the Sheriff’s department at the Baker County Jail put his hand on my shoulder and, addressing me as “young man,” said, “It’s very important that you be careful in there. They might have AIDS and might try to grab your hand and push something into it.”

“AIDS?” I ask.

“They could,” he said. “These men can be dangerous.”

A younger man dressed in a tight, dark green Sheriff’s uniform unlatched the door into one of the pods that holds several dozen federal immigration detainees. Read more >

A Broken, Dangerous System

Published: December 4, 2011

After reports of chronic abuses — of detainees beaten and sometimes left to die of untreated injuries and illness — the Obama administration in 2009 vowed an overhaul of the nation’s immigration detention system, the sprawling patchwork of prisons and prison-like institutions that confines nearly 400,000 people a year as they await deportation or asylum. Read more >

THESE WALL STREET COMPANIES ARE READY TO CASH IN ON TRUMP’S BORDER WALL

MUCH OF THE discussion on President Donald Trump’s border wall has focused on its cost and impracticality, as well as the anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric it embo Read more >

Class-action suit claims Border Patrol violates immigrants' civil rights

During a six-month period in 2013, people detained by the Border Patrol near Tucson were regularly held more than 24 hours in temporary facilities, breaking the agency's own policies and subjecting immigrants to freezing, overcrowded cells without access to food, water, medical care and legal council, according to a new federal class-action lawsuit. Read more >

Activists say Obama aide Cecilia Munoz has ‘turned her back’ on fellow Hispanics

(Nov. 9, 2011) The highest-ranking Hispanic official in the Obama White House is being targeted as a traitor by fellow Latinos in a highly personal, ethnic-based campaign against the president’s deportation policies. Read more >

Border Wall Could Cost 3 Times Estimates, Senate Democrats’ Report Says

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s plans to build a border wall could cost more than three times as much as initial estimates, Senate Democrats said in a report released on Tuesday, adding that the administration has yet to provide C Read more >

Feinstein Under Fire From Immigration Advocates

For immigration advocates rushing to beat back congressional momentum to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities,” their chief worry isn’t the Republicans who control Capitol Hill.

It’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Read more >

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TSA investigates allegations that screeners at Honolulu airport targeted Mexican travelers

NNIRR joins in call for audit of TSA practices in light of racial profiling cases

NNIRR joined dozens of organizations, rallied by The Sikh Coalition, in calling on the Department of Homeland Security to "promptly undertake a comprehensive publicly-reported audit of the civil rights impact of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport screening policies on racial and religious minority."

Read the letter here. Read more >