Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention

Fault Lines investigates the business of immigrant detention in the US.

“Immigration is a key issue in the US presidential election, with the Republican candidates trying to demonstrate their tough stance on undocumented immigrants.

But under the Obama administration, the detention and deportation of immigrants has reached an all-time high.

Every day, the US government detains more than 33,000 non-citizens at the cost of $5.5mn a day. That is a lot of money for the powerful private prison industry, which spends millions of dollars on lobbying and now operates nearly half of the country’s immigration detention centres.

Fault Lines travels to Texas and Florida to investigate the business of immigrant detention in the US and to find out how a handful of companies have managed to shape US immigration laws.”

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/faultlines/2012/04/201241081117980874.html

Civil Rights Orgs Call on FBI to END SCOMM

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:
B. Loewe, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), (773) 791-4668; bloewe@ndlon.org
Jen Nessel, Center for Constitutional Rights, 212-614-6449, press@ccrjustice.org
Sonia Lin, Cardozo Immigration Justice Clinic, 212-790-0213, slin@yu.edu

OVER 80 CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS CALL ON FBI TO END FACILITATION OF ICE’S “SECURE COMMUNITIES” DEPORTATION PROGRAM

Groups Demand FBI Address Concerns from Governors and Other High Level State and Local Officials that Program Undermines Public Safety

Today, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and over 80 other civil and immigrant rights organizations sent a letter to the FBI demanding that it end its facilitation of ICE’s Secure Communities deportation program (S-Comm). Continue reading

Join Rally to Demand End to Unjust ICE Deportations in Multnomah County

Help End Unjust ICE Deportations inMultnomah County

When: Thursday March 1st, 10am-12pm
Where: Commissioners Board Room,Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne St
What: Hearing before MultnomahCounty Commission to pass a resolution supporting our communities’ and ICE Director John Morton’s demand for prosecutorial discretion on all deportation cases in our region.

Join immigrant, faith, labor, and civil liberties advocates to stand up for our communities and say NO to ICE’s unjust deportations in Multnomah County! For more info visit PCASC website

Action to Demand Los Angeles County End 287(g) and S-Comm Programs!

Join NDLON and the national day laborer community and allies in demanding that the LA County Board of Supervisors and LA County Sheriff Lee Baca put an end to the 287(g) and “Secure Communities” immigration enforcement programs. LA County is NOT Maricopa County and Los Angeles doesn’t need a Sheriff Joe Arpaio!

We know that these local/federal immigration enforcement programs cast an overbroad dragnet that tears apart families and drives a wedge between the community and law enforcement. These programs do not make our communities safer but are flawed and should be ended immediately.

Please join us and our national network of member organizations and allies during our 6th Annual Asamblea in taking to the streets to demand the humane treatment of our communities.

Rally and Press Conference, 5 pm: Board of Supervisors Building Then March to: Federal Building

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NEW ICE DATA PROVIDES INFORMATION ON EVERY IMMIGRATION DETAINER ISSUED FROM 2007 TO 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tara Tidwell Cullen | ttidwellcullen@heartlandalliance.org | (312) 660-1337

NEW ICE DATA PROVIDES INFORMATION
ON EVERY IMMIGRATION DETAINER ISSUED FROM 2007 TO 2010

CHICAGO (February 16, 2012) – Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) has publicly posted data on every U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer issued from 2007 through September 2010. The data, received through a Freedom of Information Act request, provides useful information on the police encounters that led to individuals’ arrests and the number of detainers ICE issued to each local law enforcement agency.

View the list of data to download at www.immigrantjustice.org/ICEdetainerdata Continue reading

Is California the Next Secure Communities Battleground?

Is California the Next Secure Communities Battleground?

by | February 9, 2012 | PBS Frontline

We’ve reported on the attempts by three states – New York, Illinois and Massachusetts — to challenge the Obama administration’s controversial Secure Communities immigration program. Now one legislator has plans to push California to the forefront of the debate.

The goal of Secure Communities is to share fingerprint information between local and federal officials to identify and detain illegal immigrants who are also serious criminals. The Obama administration plans to make Secure Communities mandatory across the country by 2013. Continue reading

Join the National Day of Action January 24th #Jan24DIVEST

Enlace, in partnership with community groups and unions across the US, is calling on all public and private institutions to divest their holdings in Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group, America’s largest for profit prison corporations which have profited from billions in taxpayer money.  Together with Wall Street investors these companies finance anti immigrant laws like AZ Copycat Laws and lobby for anti immigrant federal policies like SCOMM.

Prison investors include Wells Fargo, Bank of America, General Electric, Fidelity, Wellington, and Vanguard.

We are coordinating a National Day of Action on January 24th. Actions are being planned across the US.  To host an action and get involved contact Daniel at 213-284-3802 or Daniel@enlaceintl.org

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