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  1. Briefing on the State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities

    by , 01-22-2015 at 10:52 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    For immediate release

    January 14, 2015

    U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces Briefing on the State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities

    Media contact: Marlene Sallo
    Staff Director
    (202) 376-8591

    Immigration detention, which is non-criminal custody while awaiting deportation or right to stay, has become one of the fastest-growing and least-examined types of incarceration in the U.S. Because of reports of severe abuse of detainees, including minors, the Commission will examine equal protection concerns and Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement treatment of adult and minor detainees in representative detention facilities under federal law.

    WHAT: Briefing on "State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities"

    WHEN: January 30, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4 PM Eastern


    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
    1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1150
    Washington, DC 20425 (Entrance on F Street NW)

    LIVE STREAM: The briefing will be live-streamed at http://gorebrothers.com/Podcasts/USC...ming_live.html and the link will also be accessible via our website before the briefing at: www.usccr.gov.


    Mariso Bono, MALDEF
    Michelle Brane, Women's Refugee Commission
    Steven Conry, Corrections Corp of America
    Franklin C. Jones, Customs and Border Protection
    Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media Group
    Bob Libal, Grassroots Leadership
    Karen Lucas, American Immigration Lawyers Assn
    Megan Mack, Dept of Homeland Security
    Mary Meg McCarthy, Natl Immigrant Justice Center
    Phebia Moreland, The GEO Group
    Sister Norma Pimentel, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
    Elizabeth Sohn, Dept of Health and Human Services
    David Stacy, Human Rights Campaign
    Carl Takei, ACLU Natl Prison Project.

    A final speaker list will be available before the briefing.

    Deaf or hearing-impaired persons who will attend the meeting and require the services of a sign language interpreter should contact Pam Dunston at (202) 376-8105 at least seven business days prior to the briefing.

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issuing a federal civil rights enforcement report. For information about Commission’s reports and meetings, visit http://www.usccr.gov.

  2. AILA Lawyer Issues Formal Request for Prosecution of DHS Secretary

    by , 01-21-2015 at 11:07 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The firm of Amoachi and Johnson have issued a request to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, of the Southern District of Texas, calling for the prosecution of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano “for committing the federal crime of Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law.”

    Here is a copy of the request.

    Redacted request for criminal prosecution from amjolaw
  3. Second Circuit on INA § 212(h) Eligibility

    by , 01-08-2015 at 11:25 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Big decision out of the Second today: "We conclude that the petitioner, who was a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) and initially entered the country lawfully without LPR status, is eligible to seek a waiver under § 212(h) because he is unambiguously not “an alien who has previously been admitted to the United States as an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence.”

    See: Husic v. Holder, decided January 8, 2015.

    Updated 01-08-2015 at 11:27 AM by MKolken

  4. Obama Admin Detains Citizen for 19 Days After Immigration Checkpoint Refusal

    by , 01-07-2015 at 06:09 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    From Reason.com:

    "You’ve probably seen them before: internal border checkpoint refusals, now a popular YouTube genre. Some are funny. Others are hostile. But for Greg Rosenberg, a naturalized U.S. citizen who speaks accented English, an encounter with South Texas border patrol resulted in weeks of jail time without a single charge being prosecuted.

    Rosenberg immigrated to America 10 years ago from Armenia. Memories and family stories of Soviet rule in his country of origin infused him with strong political beliefs and a reverence for individual rights.

    "Back then [in Soviet-controlled Armenia], if you complained about the government, they took you to Siberia," says Rosenberg.

    So perhaps it’s no surprise that Rosenberg is a checkpoint protester. As a long-haul trucker, he has to drive through these all the time. After all, there are about 170 of them scattered across the United States. And keep in mind, these checkpoints aren’t on an actual border. They just have to be within 100 miles of one. The ACLU estimates that roughly two-thirds of the nation’s population lives within this 100-mile zone.

    Rosenberg's ordeal began in the border town of Laredo, TX. He and his friend pulled onto I-35 North at around midnight on September 26 in a truck carrying a load of Xerox machines destined for Ft. Worth. But only 29 miles north of the border, they’d encounter the Laredo North Border Patrol Station. And Greg would undergo a checkpoint interrogation like he’d never experienced before.

    "They arrested me for what I looked like, but they pressed the charges because of my beliefs," says Rosenberg"

  5. Obama Administration Turns Its Back on American Values with Mammoth New Family Prison

    by , 12-18-2014 at 06:39 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14121745 (posted Dec. 17, 2014)


    December 17, 2014


    George Tzamaras

    Belle Woods

    Washington, DC
    - Leslie A. Holman, President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) responded to the opening of a massive new private jail by the Department of Homeland Security in Dilley, Texas with the following statement:

    “By opening this huge permanent private jail in Dilley, Texas, the Administration willfully ignores the clear evidence that the children and mothers that they are detaining are refugees fleeing from extreme violence, and thumbs its nose at the idea that the United States will live by its values and uphold the rights of asylum seekers.

    “I’m appalled. While the Administration is leaving behind its bleak, remote temporary prison for children and their mothers in Artesia, New Mexico, it is embracing a bleak, remote permanent corporate-run prison in Dilley, Texas. Moving from a make-shift prison to one run by the private prison industry brings no more humanity to an inhumane situation.

    “What does this mean for the remaining detainees in Artesia? Will they be able to overcome the Administration’s fallacy that they are undeserving of a fair chance at safe refuge? Will their removal from the place where stalwart AILA members have volunteered their time to assist them in proving their cases mean the end of their chances for due process? No. Even as they are being taken from one prison to another, the pro bono team is following, determined not to give up on justice for them.

    “But what of the thousands of others that DHS Secretary Johnson proclaims he will imprison? How will justice find its way to them in a small Texas town? This is now reaching a scale that challenges the unfunded world of pro bono representation beyond what is realistic.

    “Isn’t it enough that nearly every mother and child in Artesia who has had a full hearing before an immigration judge so far has been granted asylum? Doesn’t that tell the Administration that these most vulnerable of human beings deserve protection rather than warehousing as prisoners? This is unjust and a repudiation of our nation’s values and historic commitment to justice for all.”

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

    Updated 12-18-2014 at 06:44 AM by MKolken

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