Detention & Deportation News Roundup, mid February 2010
Quotes from DWN member noted below:
- Inter Press Service: U.S.: Deportation System Called “Severely Flawed”
Karen T. Grisez, chair of the ABA Commission on Immigration: “This is the most comprehensive study that has ever been done of the immigration removal adjudication system, beginning with the decision of who should be put into removal proceedings and running through the appeals process.”
Beth Werlin, Litigation Clearinghouse Attorney at the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Centre: “These problems not only diminish the public’s confidence in the system, but even worse, they compromise the statutory and constitutional guarantee of fair process for each person facing removal.
- Houston Chronicle: Poll: 52% back visa or path to legal status. But 38% of Texans favor deportation in survey on illegal immigration
- New America Media: Arizona Sheriff Arpaio to Unleash 800 Deputies on Undocumented Immigrants
Omar Jadwat, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights Project: “You’re opening Pandora’s box… When you have local cops getting some short video training and making decisions about someone’s immigration status, it is hugely dangerous because it is a complex and difficult area of the law.”
Alessandra Soller Meetze , director of the Arizona ACLU: “If [SB 1070] passes, Arizona would be the first state in the country to make this specific state crime of immigration trespassing,” said Meetze. “We still think the Constitution prohibits Arizona from passing that law.”
- Wyoming Tribune Eagle: Wyoming illegal immigration cases triple. A third of Wyoming’s federal prosecutions last year involved people who illegally immigrated here from Mexico or Central America.
- AZ Republic: Immigration cases flooding U.S. courts Judges pressured to decide deportations quickly, advocates say
- AP: Siblings face deportation after work for feds
- TRAC: Detention of Criminal Aliens: What Has Congress Bought?
- AP: ICE non-criminal detentions fell for 3 months
- AP: U.S. wants out of suit over Chinese detainee’s death
- Providence Journal: Warden, financial officer fired from Wyatt Detention Center
- Democracy Now: Prisoners Launch Hunger Strike at Texas Immigration Jail
- AlterNet: ‘Removal Process’ For Immigrants in the U.S. Is Riddled With Staggering Problems. A new study by the American Bar Association confirms what many advocates already feared: Our country’s removal process fails to offer even a glimmer of due process.
- The National Law Journal: ICE Warms Up to Detainees: National Law Journal: Immigration chief promises overhaul of ‘haphazard’ system
- The Monitor (TX): Immigration prosecutions straining court system