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May 9 in #DC: Action to End The Quota! 9 de mayo en DC: Acción de no más cuota!

April 23, 2014

unnamedDetention Watch Network (DWN) takes to the streets to End The Quota! Join us in Washington, D.C. as we march, we rally, and take a public stance against the arbitrary quota that requires the incarceration of 34,000 immigrants in detention at any given time. Read more…

Your input needed: @HRW doing research on CBP abuses

April 22, 2014

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Human Rights Watch is interested in speaking with people who have personal stories or direct knowledge of discriminatory, abusive, intimidating, or unlawful treatment or practices by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in the border region (the Border Patrol) and at border crossings (Office of Field Operations).

We are interested in cases involving both US citizens and noncitizens. We are also seeking information about agency accountability for abuses, including the efficacy of CBP complaint mechanisms.

Human Rights Watch is an international, independent nonprofit organization that defends the rights of people worldwide. We cannot provide legal representation in any individual case, but our goal is to publish these accounts in a report and to ensure anyone interacting with federal immigration and border enforcement agencies is treated in a manner that respects their human rights. Read more…

We’re reaching a social media milestone: Time to celebrate!

April 22, 2014

10000-twitter-followersSince I help manage DWN’s social media, I wanted to let y’all know about an impressive milestone that we should reach today or tomorrow:

DWN will soon have 10,000 followers on Twitter!

In light of this, I thought a lofty goal would be raising $1.00 per follower for DWN’s upcoming conference and network expenses. That would be $10,000!

Since not all of our Twitter followers are pro-migrant individuals (some are organizations, anti-immigrant folks or possibly even robots), I thought folks could give slightly more to make up the difference.

So if you and your community have benefited from the work of Detention Watch Network either online, on conference calls or in person, why not chip in to show your support? $5.00 – $10.00 would make a big difference.

If we can successfully crowdfund our movement, imagine how much more we can challenge immigration detention and restore dignity for immigrant families in the US. It’s been a long struggle but we’re gaining new ground thanks to your individual and collective work.


ICYMI Listen via @TellMeMoreNPR: Deported Jamaican Loses His American Dream

April 21, 2014

via Tell Me More on April 17, 2014:
tell_me_more-11061Howard Dean Bailey made a good life for himself in the U.S. But then, a decades-old run-in with the law led to his deportation. Does his story show the system failing or working?

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Guest Host Celeste Headlee learns more about the United States’ deportation policies from Muzaffar Chishti of the Migration Policy Institute.

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Watch via @studiorevolt: Trailer for “Cambodian Son”. @SEARAC Screening in #DC 4/28

April 21, 2014

Please join us on April 28th for the Washington, DC preview screening of the new film “Cambodian Son” at West End Cinema, along with a Q&A with the filmmaker and a panel of community advocates. Read more…

via @NIJC: Detained Asylum Seekers Sue Obama Administration to End Long Waits for Initial Interviews

April 18, 2014

Department of Homeland Security Routinely Violates Laws Requiring Timely Reasonable Fear Interviews

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For Immediate Release


SAN FRANCISCO (April 17, 2014) — ACLU Foundation of Southern California, ACLU of Northern California, and Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), along with the international law firm Reed Smith LLP, today filed a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of California on behalf of thousands of immigrants fleeing persecution who have faced months of detention while they await reasonable fear determinations, the first step in seeking protection in the United States when someone is forced to return following a deportation order.

“U.S. law and American values of justice demand that those who come to our country seeking safety deserve a fair and timely decision about their applications, particularly if they are detained,” said Michael Kaufman, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California. “The Obama administration has failed to provide that.” Read more…

Watch via @PuenteAZ: @WhiteHouse Hunger Strike: “Because Your Agents Came to Our Doors First”

April 15, 2014

The immigration debate just came to the President’s doorstep

Add your name to ask the White House to meet with the strikers And let their loved ones go: