The ACLU recently sent an open letter to the Department of Homeland Security to urge action on the inhumane detention of non-criminal immigrants, especially families. The letter, which was signed by 153 other human rights and immigrant advocacy groups, didn't ask immigration authorities to undertake some liberal plan. It simply asks the organization to follow the recommendations of experts the agency itself hired for advice on the issue.
While the detention policies of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have long faced criticism from both immigration advocates and human rights groups, one policy in particular has recently been drawing intense condemnation: the treatment of transgender detainees.
It can be very frightening to learn that a loved one has been physically detained by officials with the Department of Homeland Security for removal proceedings. In addition to this fear, you and your family will likely experience confusion as to why your loved one was detained in the first place, where they have been taken, and whether they have any rights or options going forward.
A few weeks back, our blog took a closer look at the important issue of how long a person can be held by a law enforcement agency on an immigration detainer issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
While most people might not realize it, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has had a memorandum in place for several years directing agents not to take immigrants into custody at certain "sensitive locations" absent extraordinary circumstances.