Detention Watch Network Applauds End of ICE Contract with Pinal County Jail in Arizona

July 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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July 22, 2014     Contact: Silky Shah, sshah@detentionwatchnetwork.org

  Decision comes after the Immigration Jail was Regarded as one of the Worst in the Country 
After years of outrage at the conditions for immigrants in detention at the Pinal County Jail, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ended its contract with the county. Since 2005, ICE has used the Pinal County Jail in Florence, Arizona to detain immigrants facing removal in Arizona. In 2012, in response to repeated hunger strikes and protest letters from people detained in the jail, Arizona advocates responded by holding vigils, organizing visitation programs and advocating for the termination of this contract. As recently as June 2014, men detained in the jail began a hunger strike in protest of the conditions.
“ICE’s decision to end its contract with the Pinal County Jail is long overdue. Year after year, since the beginning of this contract, men and women detained in the jail have bravely protested the punitive treatment and inhumane conditions,” said Victoria Lopez, Policy and Advocacy Director at the ACLU of Arizona and author of the 2011 report, In Their Own Words: Enduring Abuse in Arizona Immigration Detention CentersRead more

Detention center puts immigration spotlight on New Mexico town

July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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By Milan Simonich  of  The New Mexican |

ARTESIA — Oil, farming and high school football are usually the hottest topics in this dusty town of 11,300 people. But now Artesia finds itself in the middle of the national debate on immigration policy.

Between 400 and 500 immigrants accused of illegally entering the United States were being held last week in a government compound here that, ironically enough, trains every U.S. Border Patrol agent. All of the immigrants being detained in Artesia are mothers and their children, a total of 191 families as of Friday.

Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch says many of those in custody at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center paid thousands of dollars to immigrant smugglers who assured them that they would be accepted in the United States if only they made it to the border in South Texas.

When these mothers with children in tow reached what they thought was a safe haven, a new world full of bright promise, many walked right up to a Border Patrol agent to announce that they were immigrating to America, Burch said. Instead, they landed in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Read more

Central American child refugees – how you can help!

July 7, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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Background on what is happening in Central America: 
Many of you have asked how you can help Central American refugees throughout the border region. Below is a list that the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) has compiled of places where you can donate supplies, volunteer your time, or make a financial contribution to support the refugees, most of whom are mothers and children, who are arriving with little more than the clothes on their back. Our border communities are opening our hearts and lending what help we can, but the need is great and your support is extraordinarily important.   Here are the ways that you can help.


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