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What design elements at Karnes facility tell us about the state of immigrant detentionnew

No guard towers, no barbed wire, no road with armed checkpoints. The new Karnes County Civil Detention Center doesn't look much like a prison from the outside.
San Antonio Current  |  Scott Andrews  |  04-02-2012  |  Immigration

Why do lowest-risk detainees need to be detained at all?new

This month, the first asylum seekers and border crossers landing in the sparkling new Karnes County Civil Detention Center will be among the first to experience Immigration and Customs Enforcement's kinder, gentler approach to immigrant detention.
San Antonio Current  |  Michael Barajas  |  04-02-2012  |  Immigration

Swift Justicenew

A Utah town is still trying to recover five years after a high-profile immigration raid.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Matthew D. LaPlante  |  12-07-2011  |  Immigration

Dream Act on ICEnew

College grad fights deportation to Peru, testing the Obama administration's new policy of prioritizing action.
Chico News & Review  |  Leslie Layton  |  12-01-2011  |  Immigration

ICE Policies Leave Overburdened Foster-Care System in their Wakenew

A sustained federal crackdown made 2011 a banner year for deportations. A record 397,000 undocumented immigrants were sent packing. And while the Obama administration cheers that more than half of those deported were convicted of crimes, advocates warn of a troubling by-product of rising immigration enforcement: children left behind as natural-born citizens absorbed by the foster-care system.
San Antonio Current  |  Michael Barajas  |  11-16-2011  |  Immigration

The QueQue: Pearl Railroaded, ACLU Sues ICE, CCA over Hutto Assaults, TCEQ Exposednew

Despite a no vote from District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules and District 5 Councilman David Medina’s no show, San Antonio’s Council bravely vaulted fringe objections from the Homeowner Taxpayer Association (“Mayor Castro, do not railroad us!”) and Tea Partiers (“We don’t need a Solyndra in San Antonio”) to course down the tracks toward a “multimodal” future and our first urban rail project.
San Antonio Current  |  SA Current News Team  |  10-27-2011  |  Commentary

How San Francisco's Sanctuary Sellout Hurts Undocumented Teensnew

Before: The city coddled undocumented teen criminals. After: The city punishes undocumented teens who commit crimes (and some who don't, too).
SF Weekly  |  Lauren Smiley  |  11-18-2009  |  Immigration

Is a Draconian Law Forcing Innocent Men Out of the Country?new

Over the last 13 years, the federal government has deported more than 1 million immigrants following criminal convictions -- a number that has escalated dramatically in the last decade. But what if the men are innocent, and the law doesn't care?
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Julia Harte  |  11-10-2009  |  Immigration

San Fran's Mayor Forces a Legal Stalemate While Hundreds of Kids Face Deportationnew

City Hall echoed with delighted whoops of Si se puede! last week, as a veto-proof majority of the Board of Supervisors voted to give juvenile immigrants their day in court before referring them to federal immigration authorities. But the battle over the civil rights of immigrant kids is far from over.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Sarah Phelan  |  10-28-2009  |  Immigration

Federal Secure Communities Program Changes the Reality for Philly's Undocumentednew

ICE says that Secure Communities targets those illegal immigrants guilty of committing serious crimes. But immigrant advocates say the program will thrust lower-level offenders and innocent people behind bars, and hinder police in their work with immigrant communities.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Daniel Schwartz  |  08-25-2009  |  Immigration

Idaho ICE Raid Sparks Dialoguenew

In the wake of an immigration raid at a Nampa, Idaho factory, a Latina group sits down to enchiladas with ICE.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  12-10-2008  |  Immigration

Documents on Operation Front Line Show Innocent Muslims Got Caught in Bush's Dragnetnew

Operation Front Line's stated goal was to disrupt terrorist cells that might be planning an attack during the campaign or on inauguration day. But government documents recently obtained by a team of Yale Law School students and faculty expose the program as a massive fishing expedition that hinged on racial profiling.
New Haven Advocate  |  Andy Bromage  |  11-25-2008  |  Immigration

How We Break Our Promise to Protect Asylum-Seekersnew

Secrecy is an essential part of America's promise to refugees. Sometimes, though, secrets leak out. Especially for those refugees the government decides to send back home. In Peter's case, it began with a mere paperwork error.
Westword  |  Lisa Rab  |  10-14-2008  |  Immigration

Friend and Foes of Illegal Immigrants Deal with the Delugenew

As the number of undocumented immigrants in this country continues to grow, so does the volume of the debate over how to fix the problem. The controversy has no clear end in view, or even likely to come into view for a long time.
Fort Worth Weekly  |  Eric Griffey  |  10-10-2008  |  Immigration

How ICE Turned All Local Authorities into La Migranew

The real change for illegals is that once their status is discovered, Arizona cities get help from ICE that was unheard of two years ago -- help ensuring that nearly every illegal immigrant arrested by any local police agency will be removed quickly from the country.
Phoenix New Times  |  Ray Stern  |  10-07-2008  |  Immigration

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