Homeland Security Secretary Announces Changes to Family Detention Policies

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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from the American Immigration Council    June 24, 2015

 According to the Secretary, the agency will work toward ending long-term detention of families by implementing a plan to quickly process families seeking asylum and then to release them on ‘appropriate’ bonds or other conditions while they await their hearings in immigration court.

Washington D.C. - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson released a statement on plans to make “substantial changes” to the agency’s family detention policies. The following is a statement, in response, from Ben Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council.

“The United States has a long, proud history of being a beacon of hope and refuge to people fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. The act of coming to the United States to seek protection is not illegal or criminal. Not only do our laws ensure that those fleeing persecution may apply for asylum, but the United States has entered into treaties with other countries to ensure the protection of refugees. Offering protections to those who arrive here seeking asylum is who we are as a nation. Yet, for the past year, the Obama Administration has treated thousands of women and children asylum seekers arriving at our borders as criminals. They have been locked up in remote detention facilities run by Read more

U.S. Representatives report on trip to family detention center

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Rep. Roybal-Allard, House Democrats Recap Trip to Family Detention Facilities

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) joined seven of her fellow Democratic House Members –Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05)Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20)Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03)Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04)Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) – to recount a trip they took this week to visit two private family detention facilities in Texas used to detain mothers and children awaiting disposition of their asylum claims.   The Members are among the 136 House Democrats who recently signed a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson calling for an end to family detention. Listen to an audio recording of the press conference here.

 During their trip, the members met with detainees at the Karnes County Residential Center in Read more

Poll: Most Back Legal Status for Immigrants in US Illegally

June 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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New York Times                     By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JUNE 4, 2015, 1:22 P.M. E.D.T.

WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans support allowing immigrants living in the country illegally to stay and be granted legal status, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Americans support legal status for such immigrants.

The poll found that 56 percent of Republicans agree that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally should be able to stay as long as they meet certain criteria, as did 8 in 10 Democrats and three-quarters of independents. The poll question did not specify what those requirements might be. Read more

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