Immigration Enforcement


Hope and Despair as Families Languish in Texas Immigration Centers

DILLEY, Tex. — Workers are putting the finishing touches on rows of barracks in a 50-acre camp here, the largest immigration detention center in the country. It houses thousands of women and their children who were caught crossing the border illegally and are seeking asylum in the United States. Read more >

Banking on Detention: Local Lockup Quotas and the Immigrant Dragnet

New report from Detention Watch Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights explores immigrant detention and lockup quotas within ICE's facilities under the Obama Administration.  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 >

Former Detainees Describe Horrific Conditions in CBP Detention

The following are excerpts from the statements of men and women subjected to appalling conditions in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) holding cells in the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector. Attorneys representing the plaintiffs and class members in Doe v. Read more >

Letter to Secretary Johnson from 136 House Democrats Says DHS 'Has Not Fully Grasped the Serious Harm Being Inflicted Upon Mothers and Children'

 We believe the only solution to this problem is to end the use of family detention”  Read more >

"Something Better" Than Detention for Immigrants?

The New York Times editorial board recently put out a call to "End Immigration Detention." Detention "breeds cruelty and harm, and squanders taxpayer money," violates due process, "shatters families and traumatizes children" and is "immoral," the Times writes. Read more >

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