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Tiombe Carlos, age 35, has died in Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody.
NEW YORK, October 31, 2013 – We are saddened to report that Families for Freedom (FFF) member, Tiombe Carlos, age 35, has died in Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. Ms. Carlos died of an apparent suicide in York County Prison after being held in detention for nearly three years despite her well-documented severe mental disability and repeated pleas for her release.
We are deeply troubled by the obscure statement released by ICE on October 24, 2013 about Ms. Carlos’ death on October 23, 2013. ICE states that Ms. Carlos was ordered removed on June 21, 2012 but did not disclose that she had been detained 32 months starting in February 2011. Unlike other similar cases, where ICE immediately mentions that suicide victims did not seek medical attention, they issued an opaque statement that omits crucial information. The statement fails to mention that Ms. Carlos, her family and attorneys, advocated for her release because she was unjustly detained and so she could access private medical and mental treatment. Read more…
“Imagine if Congress mandated that an arbitrary number of jail cells be filled with prisoners — regardless of the crime rate. Authorities would be required to incarcerate people, no matter the circumstances or the affront to human rights. That’s basically the state of immigration detention in the U.S.” - The Editors of Bloomberg View, 9/26/2013
“In the past five years, Homeland Security officials have jailed record numbers of immigrants, driven by a little-known congressional directive known on Capitol Hill as the “bed mandate.” The policy requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep an average of 34,000 detainees per day in its custody, a quota that has steadily risen since it was established in 2006. . .” - The Washington Post, 10/13/2013
Do you want to learn more about the immigration bed mandate and its impact on the immigration detention system? Interested in learning its history?
Looking for alternatives to the mandate and the way forward?
Please join us on a call for advocates:
IMMIGRATION BED MANDATE 101
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 • 1:00 – 2:00pm ET
Please RSVP online at: http://bit.ly/1aOSZo5
Activist points to increasing privatization of detention centers as being behind mandatory detention rules in immigration reform bill
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We can have real relief. But we’ll have to fight for it. Watch the video from Arizona’s convergence to shut down ICE.
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Video Collaboration: Barni Qaasim, Chandra Narcia, Dennis Gilman, Jason Aragon, Alonso Parra & Jonathan Alvira; Edited: Barni Qaasim
Reposted from Grassroots Leadership blog:
Guest Blogger, Elaine Cohen, attended a Hutto Visitation Program (HVP) orientation in October of 2011 and began visiting immigration detention centers in Texas almost immediately. Since then she has visited with over a dozen women from Central America and Africa and provided invaluable support and coordination for Grassroots Leadership’s collaboration with CIVIC (Community Initiatives to Visit Immigrants in Confinement) to visit three Texas cities to talk about immigration detention visitation. Her degree in Religion and Women’s Studies comes together in this work at the juncture of Human Rights and Social Justice.
Grassroots Leadership’s Executive Director, Bob Libal and CIVIC‘s Co-Executive Director, Christina Mansfield, planned and carried out a three city tour to Houston, Austin and San Antonio on October 10, 11 and 12th. The purpose of the tour was to generate interest in starting visitation programs in the Houston and San Antonio areas. Bob and Christina’s combined knowledge covered an ample spectrum on the private prison industry’s involvement in immigrant detention centers and the actual conditions within these facilities across the country. Read more…
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Phoenix action on Monday October 14, 2013. Images via NDLON.
Eloy action on Monday October 14, 2013. Images via NDLON.
San Francisco action on Thursday October 17, 2013. Images via CultureStrike.
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DREAMers and Families ask Congressman to file an comprehensive immigration bill immediately, take their grievances to a vigil in from of Broward Transitional Center
Frustrated local immigrants, community members, and leaders with Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER), an affiliate of United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth network in the country and members of the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), the largest immigrant rights group in Florida, held a sit-in at Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart’s Miami office, refusing to leave until he files a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the House, in much the same way his Democratic counterpart in Miami, Rep. Joe Garcia has. Read more…