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Dispatches from “Baby Jail” in South Texas

It was 7:30am on a January morning in south Texas, a few days before the U.S. presidential inauguration. The lawyers and translators filed through security screening into the refugee detention center. Read more >

Rally Fights Deportation of Twin Cities Labor Leader

Labor and immigration activists rallied Tuesday at the Hennepin County Public Safety Center in support of a Twin Cities labor leader who faces deportation to Guatemala. Read more >

ICE Locks Down Immigrant Detention Facility After Interfaith Group Holds Prayer Circle

On Tuesday, a group of more than 60 faith leaders and attorneys visiting an immigrant detention center in the high desert was refused entry, and the entire facility was put on lockdown shortly thereafter. Family members and lawyers who were already visiting detainees inside the Adelanto Detention Center were also forced to leave. Read more >

How Texas' sanctuary cities ban compares to Arizona's 'show me your papers' law

AUSTIN — Before Texas’ sanctuary cities ban even made it to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, it had a not-so-flattering nickname: the “show me your papers” law, a reference to a similar Arizona measure that sparked national debate and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Read more >

Supreme Court Revives Parts Of Trump's Travel Ban As It Agrees To Hear Case

The Supreme Court says it will decide the fate of President Trump's revised travel ban, agreeing to hear arguments over immigration cases that were filed in federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland, and allowing parts of the ban that's now been on hold since March to take effect.

The justices removed the lower courts' injunctions against the ban "with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," narrowing the scope of two injunctions that had put the ban in limbo. Read more >

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For Struggling Families in San Ysidro, Immigration Status and Housing Work Against Each Other

San Ysidro, a community perched on the U.S.-Mexico border, attracts people who are often in flux. Read more >

Former immigration detainees challenge labor practices

A group of former detainees says the system borders on modern-day slavery. They are challenging it in federal court and have won the right to sue the Denver-area detention center’s operator on behalf of an estimated 60,000 people held there over a decade. Read more >

Federal prosecutors inaugurate ‘express’ deportations

Until recently, foreign nationals convicted of a crime in federal court were told that immigration authorities would put them in deportation proceedings upon completion of their prison terms.

Not anymore. Read more >

Border Patrol arrests 4 Mexicans at humanitarian-aid group's Arivaca camp

Border Patrol agents served a warrant and arrested four people at a No More Deaths camp in Arivaca, Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday night. The four are Mexican nationals arrested for immigration violations, the agency said. Read more >

NYC Pension Funds Made a $48 Million Statement About Private Prisons

In the final divestment announcement last week, the comptroller’s office cited reputational risks (poor conditions, high rates of violence, improper staffing levels, inmate abuse and other human rights concerns), legal risks (lawsuits stemming from human rights abuses can lead to high payouts, making private prison companies less profitable) Read more >

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