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June 2013 Archives

Suit claims ICE used immigration holds on U.S. citizens

According to a class action suit filed last week in federal court, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been using immigration detainers to hold both U.S. citizens and legal residents. The suit, which names ICE officials including Director John T. Morton as defendants, claims that the agency has used these holds to unlawfully detain people for up to 48 hours past the time that they would otherwise be released. The purpose of this particular program is to allow ICE time to determine whether a person is subject to removal from the U.S.

Is worker exploitation the cost of a blind US immigration policy?

Many would argue that the state of U.S. immigration law is now the worst it has ever been. In the current debate on an immigration overhaul, some thinkers on both sides of the issue have legitimate points about security, legal status for unauthorized immigrants, access to realistic options for legal immigration, the Dream Act and the path to citizenship proposed in the Senate version of the bill being debated right now.

Man's naturalization still leads to deportation attempts

Just last week, we wrote about the inconsistencies and tribulations of the U.S. immigration detention process. It was discovered that thousands of undocumented minors had been held in adult detention centers for longer than the legal maximum length of time.

Immigration detention centers: renewed criticism after new fiasco

Immigration detention centers have been scrutinized for some time. At best, they are a prison for people who have committed a non-violent crime (entering the country illegally); and at worst, they detain U.S. citizens based on discriminatory factors, treat people terribly and, in general, obstruct human rights. Immigration detention centers are back in the news this week, after a report detailed the startling tactic of adult detention centers holding minors for more than three days (which is supposed to be the legal limit for placing a minor in an adult detention center).

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