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.”


Civil Rights Orgs Call on FBI to END SCOMM

For Immediate Release

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


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


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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ICE, Local Governments Make Important Changes to Immigration Detainer Policies

ICE, Local Governments Make Important Changes to Immigration Detainer Policies

By  | Immigration Impact | January 10th, 2012

Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding ICE’s Secure Communities program, there have been some recent positive developments on the issue of immigration detainers—a tool used by ICE and other DHS officials to identify potentially deportable individuals who are housed in jails or prisons nationwide. Local governments in New York, Illinois, California and now Washington D.C. have taken steps to limit their compliance with ICE detainers. Additionally, ICE has recently issued a new detainer form which provides more clarity to local law enforcement agencies. Continue reading

Immigration reform: Scrap Secure Communities

LA Times Editorial | December 19, 2011

Immigration reform: Scrap Secure Communities

Secure Communities was meant to deport immigrants with serious criminal convictions. But it has targeted non-criminals and even U.S. citizens. If it can’t be fixed, it should be ended.

When the Secure Communities program was launched by the federal government in 2008, it was billed as a way to find and deport immigrants with serious criminal convictions. In the three years since then, it has become clear that the program has instead targeted many non-criminals. And recently it was revealed that the program has also managed to ensnare more than 3,000 U.S. citizens as well. Continue reading

Sign the letter to President Obama calling for an end to the Arizonification of America #NDLON

No More Arpaio’s, End Local Deportation Programs Now!

The Department of Justice report chronicling Sheriff Arpaio’s unconstitutional crimes and the federal immigration programs that made them possible moved the Department of Homeland Security to cut the Sheriff off from his 287(g) agreement and restrict his Secure Communities access.

But those programs are still going full force and being spread across the country. It’s time for the federal government to learn the lessons of Maricopa County and end S-Comm now.

Federal immigration programs that enlist local law enforcement separate families, encourage discrimination, and create civil and human rights crises.

Sign the letter to President Obama calling for an end to the Arizonification of America.

If we don’t want more Arpaio’s, we need to end S-Comm now.

Pressure Builds on Sheriff Baca as Hundreds March for Termination of LA County Secure Communities Deportation Program


Pressure Builds on Sheriff Baca as Hundreds March for Termination of LA County Secure Communities Deportation Program

WHAT: Hundreds to march for end of deportation dragnet program in Los Angeles

WHEN: Saturday, December 10th, 9:30am to 12pm

Gather at Placita Olvera: 9:30am

Press Conference and rally at LA Men’s Central Jail: 11am.

WHERE: Gather @ Olvera Street, 845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, then march to and rally/press conference at LA Men’s Central Jail. Continue reading

Human Rights! Not S-Comm & Private Prisons!


US Human Rights Network joins local organizations to denounce impact of Secure Communities deportations on immigrant communities

Members of the United States Human Rights Network (USHRN) will march and rally with the Southern California Immigration Coalition and several other groups on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, 2011, to protest the Secure Communities Program (SCOMM) of the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at 9 a.m. at La Placita on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.

The protestors will travel to the Los Angeles Federal Building and then on to the Men’s Central Jail where they will call on Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to put an end to sheriff’s department cooperation with the SCOMM program. Continue reading

Enlace denounces DHS Mass Incarceration and Deportation Agenda

For Immediate Release

Prison Divestment Campaign denounces DHS Mass Incarceration and Deportation Agenda

image via Families for Freedom

Friday August 5th 2011 the Department of Homeland Security announced changes to the Secure Communities (S-Comm) program, a controversial tax-funded information sharing program that incarcerates and deports huge numbers of immigrants who have not committed crimes.  DHS stated that it will effectively and unilaterally terminate all Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with states, immediately imposing the program across the US regardless of any state official’s desire to opt out of the program.

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