Posts tagged 'immigration'

Apprehensions at U.S.-Mexico border down from 2017

Posted: Feb. 9, 2018 | Tags: immigration

The number of people apprehended or denied entry into the U.S. at the Southern border was down 16 percent in January from 2017, new figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection show.

Most of those — 35,822 — were those caught once they came into the U.S. About a quarter of them were turned away after they tried to enter with inadmissible documentation or for humanitarian aid.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton said in a statement that the numbers are still too high among unaccompanied children and families trying to ...

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How Trump is shaping immigration policy

Posted: Jan. 31, 2018 | Tags: immigration

The timeline was updated on Feb. 15.

It’s no surprise that President Donald Trump has pushed for stricter immigration enforcement since he came into office. It was a key focus of his campaign. In his first State of the Union address, President Trump spent more than 10 minutes of the address talking about immigration from the U.S-Mexico border wall to the need for more border officers and stricter enforcement.

“It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century,” he said.

What Trump didn’t talk about were the ...

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This week in immigration news

Posted: Jan. 19, 2018 | Tags: immigration

The Trump administration’s promise to tighten immigration efforts ramped up this week. Here’s a roundup of some of the coverage.

Earlier this month, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, decided to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from El Salvador. Salvadorans and Haitians with TPS have 60 days to re-apply to the program one last time, according to the The Washington Post

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a notice on Thursday giving TPS recipients from El Salvador until March 9, and those from Haiti until March 19, to re-apply. The U.S. Department ...

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NPR series on public defenders, Al Jazeera reports from the border

Posted: May 29, 2014 | Tags: immigration

Former Workshop intern Samantha Sunne writes today about the chronic under-funding of public defenders'offices around the country. This is the last in a series of stories by NPR reporters on court fees charged to defendants even when they can't pay. Sunne did her preliminary research while working for us one summer while she was an undergrad at the University of Missouri.

Catherine Rentz has been reporting in Texas for us for an upcoming immigration story. While there, she learned about a musicians' movement pushing for less border control in a remote area of West Texas. Several crossings were ...

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New directive says solitary should be 'last resort' for immigrant detainees

Posted: Sept. 11, 2013 | Tags: immigration

About 400 immigrant detainees are held in solitary confinement on any given day at detention centers around the country, and as we reported in the Workshop’s original investigation, also published in The New York Times, the extended use of such punitive measures can have devastating effects. A new ICE directive issued last week requires facilities to use solitary confinement as a last resort. Read more about the federal oversight and view our new video, which features some of the detainees from our March stories and which includes rare footage inside solitary confinement cells.  

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Solitary amendment passes Senate

Posted: May 22, 2013 | Tags: immigration

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed an amendment Monday to the  844-page immigration bill that would both better define and limit the use of solitary confinement at immigration detention centers. The changes cover those held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) centers and other facilities around the country under contract with the government.

The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., was one of many to the bipartisan bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. The committee voted 13-5 Tuesday to send the sweeping bill to the full Senate, and debate is expected to begin in June.

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Agencies review use of solitary confinement

Posted: April 10, 2013 | Tags: immigration

The government is reviewing solitary practices in immmigration detention centers around the country.

“The Department’s approach is that it should be used as last resort and for as short as time as possible,” said Margo Schlanger, counsel to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. “Now, about 1 percent of population is in detention, and that is very low compared to other prisons and jails,” she added.

The Investigative Reporting Workshop's Catherine Rentz spent months examining the use of solitary in detention. Her story, published in the New York Times and on the Workshop's site ...

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Should immigrant detainees be supplied lawyers?

Posted: March 31, 2013 | Tags: immigration

Immigrant detainees are allowed to hire lawyers. But most cannot afford them, and advocacy groups that provide representation can't keep up with the demand. Would guaranteed legal counsel slow the process or lessen the legal system's backlog? Workshop reporter Catherine Rentz and New York Times reporter Ian Urbina follow-up on our investigation into the use of solitary confinement in detention centers with a look at whether immigrant detainees should be guaranteed a lawyer.

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DHS to review use of solitary

Posted: March 27, 2013 | Tags: immigration

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she is going to review guidelines for using solitary confinement in immigration detention centers, in response to an article in The New York Times Sunday, co-written by the Workshop's Catherine Rentz and Times reporter Ian Urbina.

Our report found that on any given day, about 300 immigrants are held in solitary confinement at the 50 largest detention facilities that make up the sprawling patchwork of holding centers nationwide overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, according to new federal data.

Nearly half of those held in solitary confinement are isolated for 15 days ...

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New rules to help immigrants

Posted: Dec. 10, 2012 | Tags: immigration

 

Last year, the Investigative Reporting Workshop highlighted the issue of sexual abuse in immigration detention in our PBS Frontline documentary "Lost in Detention."  After the broadcast, more than 30 members of Congress cited our investigation when it asked the Government Accountability Office to look into sexual abuse in immigrant detention centers. Last week, DHS announced new rules that would help protect immigrants from sexual abuse. These regulations mark a significant departure from DHS's Performance Based National Detention Standards, which do not have the force of law. These new rules will provide more resources to prevent sexual abuse and better ...

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'Lost' wins immigration award

Posted: Nov. 8, 2012 | Tags: immigration

The Investigative Reporting Workshop and FRONTLINE received the Immigration Journalism Award from the French-American Foundation on Nov. 7 in New York City for the documentary, "Lost in Detention," which aired Oct. 18, 2011. Senior Editor Margaret Ebrahim, who was a co-producer on the project, accepted the award along with the film's correspondent, Maria Hinojosa, on behalf of their colleagues, co-producer, director and writer Rick Young; co-producer Catherine Rentz; associate producer Frederick Kramer; editor Leslie Atkins; and director of photography Travis Fox.

The film examined President Obama's controversial immigration enforcement policies, through which more than 400,000 undocumented immigrants ...

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More on immigrant detainees' plight

Posted: Oct. 23, 2012 | Tags: immigration

Last fall, we broadcast "Lost in Detention," a co-production of PBS FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop, on the conditions in immigrant detention centers around the country, including reports of sexual abuse.

Now correspondent Maria Hinojosa and producer Catherine Rentz have created a radio story using some of the unused footage from that program and expanding on what we heard from whistleblowers and detainees. This follow-up to "Lost in Detention" can be heard on the Latino USA website, latinousa.org, through Oct. 25, and is also available as a podcast through iTunes. 

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Immigration advocates call for limits on solitary confinement

Posted: Sept. 25, 2012 | Tags: immigration

A group of doctors and immigrant advocates have called for federal officials to stop what they consider widespread abuse of solitary confinement for immigrants in detention.

The Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center and Physicians for Human Rights condemned the practice in a report released Tuesday. It accuses guards of repeatedly placing immigrants in isolation cells, without access to lawyers or medical evaluation, for arbitrary reasons. Detention centers often separate gay and transgender immigrants, as well as detainees with mental health problems, for weeks and months at a time, according to the report.

“The government cannot continue to detain ...

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New rules still don't cover immigrants

Posted: May 18, 2012 | Tags: immigration

A zero-tolerance policy and a set of new rules to protect against sexual assault and rape in prisons nationwide were announced Thursday by the Justice Department. The new rules come nearly a decade after Congress mandated new rape protections for those behind bars under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003. But the new regulations won't immediately impact the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration detention centers, as it still has 120 days to write its own rules to comply with PREA and another 240 days to finalize them.

The Investigative Reporting Workshop and PBS FRONTLINE documented ...

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Members of Congress urge investigation into sexual abuse in immigrant detention centers

Posted: Jan. 17, 2012 | Tags: Frontline, immigration, PBS

Citing our October film Lost in Detention, 30 members of Congress are pressing the Government Accountability Office to look into the issue of sexual abuse at immigration detention centers:

… This review should include facilities run by the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), private facilities under contract with ICE to hold immigration detainees, and those public facilities (like county jails) also under contract with ICE. Additionally, please identify what steps DHS is taking to rectify the problem and suggest any actions it needs to consider in order to ensure that sexual abuse does not continue to plague the immigration detention system.

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Obama official under pressure after documentary airs

Posted: Nov. 10, 2011 | Tags: immigration

Cecilia Munoz, a former, longtime immigration-rights activist, continues to be targeted by Hispanic activists over her defense of the Obama administration's stepped-up deportation of illegal immigrants. The Washington Post reports today that families of immigrants are preparing to confront Munoz, now the director of intergovernmental affairs, Thursday in Phoenix, where she is scheduled to speak at a National League of Cities event.

Munoz was interviewed in the Workshop and FRONTLINE's co-production of the documentary "Lost in Detention" in October, during which she strongly defended the president's policies.

Watch Obama Official Defends Immigrant Deportations on PBS. See more ...

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Arizona won't wait

Posted: April 16, 2010 | Tags: Arizona, immigration, Minutemen, SB1070

Update: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the Arizona bill into law on Friday, sparking protests and stirring up a storm of political criticism around the nation.

The Obama administration, fresh from its narrow victory on health reform, is expected to tackle immigration reform this summer. But in Arizona, often considered ground zero for undocumented border crossings, the battle over immigration already has come to a head.

This week Arizona lawmakers voted on what could become the toughest immigration legislation in the United States. Senate Bill 1070 passed 35 to 21 in the Arizona House of Representatives Tuesday. The bill would ...

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