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New Project via @EndIsolation: “Detention Stories – Life Inside California’s New Angel Island”

August 12, 2014

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Audio Recordings Document Abuse in Immigration Detention

LOS ANGELES – Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) releases seven audio recordings and videos, featuring the voices of people in immigration detention across California.  As video and audio recording generally is not allowed in immigration detention facilities, people in immigration detention requested that CIVIC record their voices to share with a larger audience online.  Through these telephone conversations, CIVIC documented arbitrary use of solitary confinement, sexual assault, physical abuse by ICE officers, prolonged detention, retaliatory transfers, and other aspects of life inside immigration detention.

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8/8 in #CostaMesa CA: Screening of Detention Stories – Life Inside California’s New Angel Island

August 7, 2014

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DETENTION STORIES: LIFE INSIDE CALIFORNIA’S NEW ANGEL ISLAND

Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is proud to release Detention Stories: Life Inside California’s New Angel Island, a documentary film series that explores the social and cultural world inside California’s immigration detention centers through individuals who are in the best position to describe it: men and women in detention.  Come learn about the history of immigration detention in California from the early 1900s to the present.

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Listen: Latino Advocates in the South urge us to be “beacons of light” for unaccompanied child migrants

August 2, 2014

Earlier this month in Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia, SPIN Academy convened a meeting of organizers and advocates working on immigration issues across the South; a sort of summer camp to learn effective communications skills and storytelling strategies for their organizations. Read more…

via @ACLUofGA: New Report Details Prejudice & Pretext in #GA’s Hyper Immigration Enforcement

July 31, 2014

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Atlanta, GA – July 31, 2014: Today advocacy organizations publish a new report based on data made available through FOIA litigation with the state and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement that both outline the metastasizing growth of local police’s involvement in immigration enforcement and the resulting patterns of prejudice and collateral deportation in local practice with little to no evidence of any relation to actual public safety efforts.

The data reveals that the federal agency’s practice of requesting the extended incarceration of an individual because of the suspicion of the immigration status known as ICE detainers rose 17,169% from 2007 to 2013 with 96% of those targeted being of “dark or medium complexion.”

In addition to the racial implications of the newly released statistics, the study identifies that at least 54% of those taken into ICE custody were long-time Georgia residents who had called this country home since at least 2003 resulting in the separation of families where 48,135 US citizen children in Georgia had a parent taken by ICE and 17,497 Georgia residents had a spouse taken by ICE in the four years between 2007 and June of 2013.

 

Finally the exaggerated emphasis on immigration status in local law enforcement resoundingly counters the public safety pretext of police-ICE collaboration noting that Immigration officials do not even record a “Detainer Criminal Offense Level” in nearly half of records available and in those where it is recording, 40% are identified as “level three,” having been convicted of traffic or other minor offenses.

Azadeh Shahshahani of the ACLU of Georgia explains, “The numbers revealed today are both damning of what has happened to law enforcement in Georgia and heartbreaking for what it has done to Georgia communities.  One can feel the chilling effect this has had with confidence in police and the risk to all of our safety when so many Georgia residents have been harmed and live in fear of the deportation apparatus that the police have lent themselves to. Contained in the report is the human cost, erosion of rights, and the rise of a culture of suspicion in our state that must be addressed.”

“No one should be afraid to call 9-1-1,” explains Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights. “But that is exactly what has happened since police became involved in filling federal deportation quotas.  We all want to live in safe communities but the well known threat of your neighbor being torn from his or her family makes that an impossibility.  Sheriffs who want to focus on policing and not on persecuting Georgians for the color of their skin should join the 165 plus jurisdictions around the country that are cutting their ties with ICE in order to rebuild them with the community.”

“The data shows that the exponential growth of hyper-immigration enforcement has torn apart thousands of Georgia families,” said Alina Das, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at New York University Law School. “Georgia officials have an opportunity and an obligation to protect families by ending state and local involvement in programs that funnel parents and longtime residents into the broken immigration system.”

The Report “Prejudice, Policing, and Public Safety: The Impact of Immigration Hyper-Enforcement in Georgia” was produced by the ACLU of Georgia, GLAHR, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the NYU School of Law and is available online here.

The Georgia #Not1More Campaign is urging the Dekalb and Fulton County Sheriffs to follow the example of more than 165 other jurisdictions who have limited or eliminated submission to the unjust and burdensome ICE hold requests in the wake of recent court rulings finding their violation of 4th amendment rights.

Friday 7/25 in #DC: Rally to Protect Central American Children

July 24, 2014

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On Friday afternoon, the Presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will be meeting with President Obama and Vice-President Biden at the White House to discuss the dire situation facing refugee children.

Let’s join together to call on President Obama to uphold and defend the legal rights of children, ensure that families can be reunited and protected here in the U.S., and to take responsibility for U.S. economic and military policies in Mexico and Central America that helped create this crisis in the first place.

We need your help to make this a powerful action!  Read more…

Detention Watch Network Applauds End of ICE Contract with Pinal County Jail in Arizona

July 22, 2014

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For Immediate Release:

Contact: Silky Shah, sshah@detentionwatchnetwork.org

Decision comes after the Immigration Jail was Regarded as one of the Worst in the Country

After years of outrage at the conditions for immigrants in detention at the Pinal County Jail, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ended its contract with the county. Since 2005, ICE has used the Pinal County Jail in Florence, Arizona to detain immigrants facing removal in Arizona. In 2012, in response to repeated hunger strikes and protest letters from people detained in the jail, Arizona advocates responded by holding vigils, organizing visitation programs and advocating for the termination of this contract. As recently as June 2014, men detained in the jail began a hunger strike in protest of the conditions.

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Action Alert: Stop the Detention of Families

July 22, 2014
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via Grassroots Leadership: Drawing by a child who was held at the Hutto Family Detention Center.

This week the House and Senate will be addressing President Obama’s supplemental request for $3.7 billion in response to the increase of women and children seeking refuge at the border. As part of the package, the Administration has requested an expansion to 6,300 detention beds, which will include family detention centers to hold women and children behind bars. Expansion has already started in New Mexico and Texas and is expected to continue in the coming weeks.

Help stop the needless incarceration of families and children by calling your member of Congress TODAY and telling them Congress should not fund family detention. Read more…