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ICE Releases Information on Detainees Who Have Died in Custody

In compliance with congressional requirements described in the FY2018 DHS Appropriations Bill, ICE has provided reports regarding in-custody detainee deaths beginning in FY2018. According to a report by Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and Detention Watch Network, “More people died in immigration detention in fiscal year 2017 than any year since 2009” and immigration detainee deaths are “linked to dangerously inadequate medical care.”

SPLC Sues Over Lack of Access to Counsel in Immigration Detention Centers

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a lawsuit last week in federal district court challenging immigration detainees’ lack of access to counsel in the LaSalle, Irwin, and Stewart detention centers.

U.S. News and World Report: Supreme Court to Consider Indefinite Detention for Immigrants

This U.S. News and World Report article reports that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday over whether immigrants facing deportation can be detained indefinitely for months or even years without a hearing. The case, Jennings v. Rodriguez, could have broad implications for President-elect Donald Trump’s proposals to step up immigration enforcement and ramp up deportations. If the respondents prevail, the Supreme Court could require mandatory bond hearings for detained immigrants nationwide. If the government wins, however, tens of thousands of people could be exposed to potentially indefinite periods of immigration detention.

Court Limits Attorney General’s Discretion to Use Mandatory Detention Provision

An equally divided en banc First Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, holding that the bar to bonded release found in the detention mandate in INA §236(c) applies only to those specified criminal undocumented immigrants whom the Attorney General took into custody when they were released from criminal custody. The court concluded that the two petitioners were not taken into immigration custody when they were released from criminal custody, because they had been released from criminal custody years before their immigration custody began. As a result, the court found that the detention mandate did not bar either petitioner from seeking release on bond pursuant to the Attorney General’s discretionary release authority.

Immigration getting hit because bad treatment upon woman and children

The government to comply with U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee’s July 24, 2015, ruling concerning the inhumane detention of mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution. In a press release, the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Projectnoted the government’s noncompliance with the ruling, and called on the government to “immediately cease [the] abhorrent practice” of family detention. The CARA Project also provided a fact sheet on the Flores litigation, covering key points from Judge Gee’s ruling, and discussing what is likely to happen next in the case.

Another win for the Law Offices of Brian Lerner

$10,000 bond granted for client whose case was recently denied by the Immigration Judge and who has a 2013 conviction for trafficking 50-100 kilos of cocaine.

Good ruling for kids in detention facilities

On Friday, August 21, 2015, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee issued an order in Flores v. Johnson, ruling that children should generally be released from family detention within five days—preferably to a parent, including a parent with whom they were apprehended. The government must implement the court’s ruling by October 23, 2015.

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