Federal judge orders more photos unsealed in suit alleging overcrowding in migrant detention centers

A U.S. District Court judge in Tucson has released photographs and documents that immigration activists allege will show crowding and unsanitary conditions at detention centers maintained by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency in its Tucson Sector along the Arizona-Mexico border.

Judge David Bury issued the order late Wednesday, defining and clarifying an earlier order about which documents and photographs can and can’t be released.

Bury had unsealed many of the documents in late June, but they have not yet been made available to the public because CBP claimed they jeopardized security at the facilities and would invade the privacy of immigrants detained there.

Read more about this issue at: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2016/08/04/judge-david-bury-customs-border-patrol-immigration-lawsuit/88182330/

NBCLatino.com: The Dream 9, immigration detention and solitary confinement

by Miriam Gerace and Ruthie Epstein

Last night, Rachel Maddow interviewed one of the so-called Dream 9 – nine young men and women who were brought to the United States as children, without documents, and who recently staged a bold public action when they re-entered the country from Mexico, again without documents, knowing that they would likely be detained immediately upon arrival by U.S. immigration agents. On the Rachel Maddow Show, Lulu Martinez described her experience of being held in solitary confinement for 8 days at Eloy Detention Center in Arizona – punishment, she said, for providing information, with another Dream 9 woman, about a free legal hotline to her fellow detainees, and for encouraging them to “chant and speak out against injustices that were happening in the detention center.”

Typically, solitary confinement completely isolates immigration detainees: They are generally confined to a small jail cell for twenty-three hours a day, with little to no human contact, and a slot in the door through which officers pass their meals. In some Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities, their one hour of daily “rec” time takes place in a human-size cage or in a narrow concrete yard outdoors behind high concrete walls. The maximum time “per violation” that ICE can hold a person in solitary is 30 days, although ICE can also put a person in solitary confinement indefinitely for other reasons; UN experts have said that more than 15 days in solitary can constitute torture.

San Diegans Unite Against SB 1070

Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, Faith, Labor and Political Leaders to Respond to Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona’s SB 1070


Contact: Ricardo Favela, San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, 760-468-4519
Jess Jollett, San Diego ACLU, 619-398-4484 (direct) or 619-203.0959


What:Press Conference responding to Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB1070

11 a.m., June 25, 2012

 Where: San Diego County Administration Building, West Plaza
1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101


Who: Legal, faith, labor, and community leaders, likely including:
Rev. Gerald Brown, President, United African American Ministerial Action Council
Richard Barrera, Member, San Diego Unified School District
Sandra Diaz, Business representative, SEIU Local 1877
Sr. RayMonda DuVall, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of San Diego
Imam Abdul Jalil, Islamic Center of San Diego
Kevin Keenan, Executive Director, San Diego ACLU
Pedro Rios, Director, San Diego American Friends Service Committee and Chair, San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
Lei-Chala Wilson, President, NAACP of San Diego


San Diego:A broad and diverse range of faith, civil rights, labor, law enforcement, and political and organizations and leaders will stand together to declare that San Diego is united against discriminatory laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 in the event of a bad decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.

As predicted by most legal experts, the Court upheld the “show me your papers” provision requiring police to determine the immigration status of those they stop whom they have “reasonable suspicion” to believe are not in the country legally.

The coalition believes that SB 1070 and its copycat laws across the country violate our national values, promote racial profiling, and deny equal justice.When SB 1070 passed in Arizona in 2010, fifty community leaders, comprising faith, business, labor, civil rights, immigrant rights, legal, and social services organizations came together to demonstrate unified opposition to Arizona’s approach to immigration.

Organizers expect an even larger expression of opposition in light of a Court decision upholding some or all of the race-baiting law, particularly because such a ruling will inspire copycat laws across the country, at both the state and local level.

The coalition of civil rights groups will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on the day the court announces its decision. The line-up is subject to change.



Border Patrol responds to immigrant abuse claims

WASHINGTON — The US Border Patrol recently ordered an investigation into allegations that its agents were mistreating illegal immigrants entering the United States, said Michael Fisher, the agency’s chief.


In the Border Patrol, “We do take all those (allegations) very seriously,” Fisher said Wednesday at a House of Representatives hearing.


The allegations were made by non-governmental organizations that operate along the US border with Mexico.

“We turned all of those allegations of misconduct over to the office of the inspector general” of the Homeland Security Department, Fisher told the House Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee.

NPR: Have The Crackdowns On Immigration Gone Too Far?

Dave Martin/AP


The architect of Arizona’s controversial immigration law has been voted out of office. That law and similar statutes are undergoing difficult court challenges. And the strictest law, in Alabama, has ignited a withering backlash expected to force major changes.

Have the crackdowns on illegal immigration finally gone too far?