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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 >

National labor leaders vow strategy to overturn Alabama immigration law

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- National labor leaders visiting Birmingham on Wednesday heard emotional stories and passionate pleas for help in fighting Alabama's new immigration law during a day of meetings with activists, Hispanic workers, sympathetic business owners and frightened mothers and fathers. Read more >

Obama: Kids Stuck in Foster Care Due to Deportation a “Real Problem”

In a briefing with Latino journalists last week, President Obama directly acknowledged that his administration’s immigration enforcement practices break up families and exclude parents from decisions about the custody of their children. His comments affirmed the central findings of a yearlong investigation by the Applied Research Center, which publishes Colorlines.com, released earlier this month. Read more >