We have learned at the last minute that Corrections Corporation of America will be in New York City all day tomorrow for something called an “Analyst Day.” We are martialing a group to protest outside their meeting. It’s short notice, so we need your help turning people out. We will have a banner generously donated by Grassroots Leadership, and fliers to hand out to the public. Please come if you can, and forward this notice widely. Bring signs, but no bullhorns as we did not have time to obtain noise permits. If you have time today to help out with outreach to the public and the media please get in touch at one of the phone numbers below.
WHAT: PROTEST AGAINST CCA AND THE PRIVATE PRISON INDUSTRY
WHERE: GRAND HYATT HOTEL – 109 East 42nd Street @ Lexington, MANHATTAN, NYC (Go through hotel lobby to the elevators and press “B” button. We are gathering on the “Ballroom Floor,” just outside the meeting.)
WHY: BECAUSE CCA SEPARATES OUR FAMILIES AND MAKES MONEY OFF OF OUR COMMUNITIES’ SUFFERING!WHEN: TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2, 9 AM
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- Emily Tucker email@example.com; 917-991-9425
Watch: “The Jailer Part 2″ music video by @DevotchkaMusic @ErinMckeown @Flobots in support of immigration reform
“The Jailer: Part 2″ is a remix of Erin McKeown’s critically-acclaimed song, “The Jailer”, a collaboration between Star Jaguar’s Shawn King (Devotchka) and Stephen Brackett (Flobots), featuring Erin McKeown.
The trio united to create the “The Jailer: Part 2″ remix and lyric video as a way to expand their support for just and humane immigration reform. The project was inspired by a visit to border communities in Arizona — part of an Air Traffic Control (ATC) Artist–Activist Retreat — where the musicians witnessed first-hand the challenges facing the recent immigrants and U.S. citizens residing there.
For a FREE download of The Jailer: Part 2, visit this website.
via Puente and NDLON:
On October 12th-14th, join the #Not1More Deportation campaign and migrant communities in Arizona for a Conference to Stop Deportations and a Day of Action to Shut Down ICE.
Congress continues to deliberate reform, but ICE is not deliberating. The deportation machine that has brought criminalized our community and brought fear and insecurity continues at full speed. President Obama has the power to stop the separation of families and criminalization of our communities.
If the President and Congress won’t put a stop to deportations, we should.
We can’t afford to continue to simply wait and hope. Across the country many are organizing to stop deportations and put a wrench in the deportation machine. We invite all who stand with the struggle for inclusion, racial justice and migrant rights to collectively set this debate in the right direction and demand that President Obama to change course and truly be a champion for our community.
In Phoenix we will come together to strategize and plan concrete steps to forge alternatives for relief, through education, local campaigns and direct action. We hope you can join us.
via MacArthur Foundation:
Margaret Stock is one 24 recipients of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowships:
Margaret Stock is an attorney bringing her singular knowledge of immigration law and national security law to bear on reform efforts through direct representation and policy-based advocacy. With a broad view of national security that goes beyond protecting the country from terrorist threats to include the protection of economic and political interests that ensure our prosperity, Stock articulates the crucial role of a healthy and efficient immigration system in responding to changes in the global economy and maintaining the foundational values of our democracy.
Stock’s experiences serving in the U.S. Army Reserve and teaching at West Point have led her to focus much of her work to date on the impact of immigration law on military personnel and their families. She has spearheaded the development of three groundbreaking programs that creatively adapt existing laws to better the lives of both immigrants and native-born military personnel. Beginning in 2008, she initiated and, in cooperation with the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, implemented the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program, which allows the U.S. armed forces to attract and retain foreign nationals with language, medical, and other skills critical to military readiness and national security by expediting their path to citizenship.
Having seen firsthand the plight of limited-income military families in dire need of legal assistance, she created the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) MAP program, which pairs volunteer attorneys across the United States with those in need of their services. She also prompted the Naturalization at Basic Training Initiative, an intergovernmental program designed to promote and expedite the naturalization of military personnel by reducing processing times and providing naturalization ceremonies at basic training locations.
Through these programs, her written scholarship, and her contributions to policy debates (including as an expert witness before Congress), Stock is challenging our complex immigration laws in order to provide more humane and rational policies that will also serve American national security interests.
Margaret Stock received an A.B. (1985), J.D. (1992), and M.P.A. (2001) from Harvard University and an M.S.S. (2006) from the U.S. Army War College. In 2010, she retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Military Police, U.S. Army Reserve, after twenty-eight years of service. Currently an attorney with the Anchorage office of Cascadia Cross Border Law, she is the author of Immigration Law and the Military (2012), and her prior affiliations include faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point (2001–2010) and counsel to the firm Lane Powell (2010–2013).
Human Rights Watch, the Immigrant Justice Network, and the National Immigrant Justice Center invite you to join a free webinar on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST (1:00 – 2:30 PM CST) to learn more about the skyrocketing increase in federal prosecutions of immigration offenses.
Immigration cases now constitute 40 percent of all federal criminal cases. The vast majority of these cases involve illegal entry and illegal reentry; i.e. entering the US illegally and reentering after deportation. The sheer volume of immigration cases has overwhelmed federal courts along the border and led to procedural shortcuts, including group trials where nearly every defendant pleads guilty and one attorney can represent over 30 to 40 clients at a time. These prosecutions affect not only first-time migrants, but also long-term residents of the US who are desperate to return to their families after deportation. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced a new initiative to address over-criminalization and reduce the federal prison population, but the reforms considered thus far have failed to address the tens of thousands of nonviolent immigration offenders who are sentenced to prison each year.
The webinar will cover the tremendous human and financial costs of immigration prosecutions and advocacy opportunities for immigration and criminal justice reform advocates.
- Who is being prosecuted and changes in prosecution policies;
- Challenges faced by federal defenders and federal courts, including the impact of budget cuts and sequestration;
- The impact of immigration prosecutions on the growing federal prison population and the related growth in private prisons;
- How criminal immigration prosecutions exacerbate unfairness in the civil immigration system;
- How the Senate immigration bill and House proposals would address immigration prosecutions; and
- Advocacy opportunities in the context of federal sentencing reform.
The speakers include:
- Grace Meng, US researcher at Human Rights Watch, and author of the 2013 report, Turning Migrants into Criminals: The Harmful Impact of US Border Prosecutions
- Donna Coltharp, deputy federal defender in Austin, Texas
- Dan Kesselbrenner, executive director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and Immigrant Justice Network partner
- Claudia Valenzuela, associate director of litigation at the National Immigrant Justice Center
- Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership, and author of Operation Streamline: Costs and Consequences [PDF].
The webinar is free and open to advocates interested in immigration and criminal justice reform.
To register for the webinar taking place on October 1 at 2:00 pm EST, please click here.
U.S. immigration officials announced a new directive last week that adds oversight and limitations to the use of solitary confinement for immigrants held in detention for administrative purposes.
The move comes six months after The Investigative Reporting Workshop published an investigation with The New York Times revealing that more than 300 individuals end up in isolation on any given day at immigration detention facilities. That data was based on an internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) survey of the top 50 immigration detention facilities. A subsequent review found that approximately 400 individuals are segregated from the general population across the entire ICE detention system.
via Amy Bracken and Public Radio International’s The World:
“It’s looking unlikely that Congress will take up immigration reform this fall. But the push is still on to put deportations and immigrant detention centers under the microscope. And some of those leading this effort are immigrants themselves—who’ve spent time in detention centers—and are organizing to support those still inside.” Read more here.
via Jennifer Chan:
Congress returns this week from its summer recess, and will be taking up immigration reform sometime this fall. In the meantime, some representatives are building momentum to finally bring an end to the irresponsible notion that our country’s immigration enforcement policies should be driven by an arbitrary quota.
Representatives Bill Foster (D-IL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) are circulating a letter this week to their colleagues in the House of Representatives asking them to call on the White House to remove the immigration detention bed mandate from its fiscal year 2015 budget request.
Currently, Congress requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain at least 34,000 immigrants at all times under the annual Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill. President Obama also included a similar figure in his fiscal year 2014 budget request. In June, Representatives Foster and Deutch received unprecedented bipartisan support to remove the detention bed mandate from the DHS Appropriations bill, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the misguided pro-enforcement vote that enabled the mandate to survive.
No other law enforcement agency in the country is driven by a requirement that it fill its jails at all times — because this approach just doesn’t make sense. In an environment of fiscal restraint, the detention bed mandate is a poor use of government resources. Immigration detention costs the United States over $2 billion a year, or $5.05 million a day and $159 a day per individual. More humane alternatives to detention have proven effective and ensure that individuals attend their court dates and fulfill immigration judges’ orders — at a cost of only 70 cents to $17 a day.
The detention bed quota also undermines any attempts to reduce immigrant incarceration and end human rights violations in the system. Most detained immigrants are held in county jails or facilities run by private prison corporations, often hundreds of miles from legal counsel and anyone they know. Human rights abuses have been well documented at facilities across the country. Many immigrants in the system have strong ties to their communities and no criminal record, yet they must fight their cases from a jail—all so DHS can reach a quota.
Thanks for speaking out.
“On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released of the Review of the Use of Segregation for ICE Detainees Directive (Segregation Directive) PDF. The Segregation Directive establishes ICE policy and procedures to address the monitoring and review of segregation placement decisions.”
DWN members issued responses: [List in formation: check back for updates]
- ACLU: New Directive Issued on Use of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention
- Immigration Policy Center: ICE Provides Critical Guidance on Limiting and Regulating the Solitary Confinement of Immigrants
- National Immigrant Justice Center: NIJC Welcomes New ICE Directive to Improve Oversight of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention
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via @WRCommission: More Information on ICE’s Parental Interests Directive & Announcing Guide for Detained Parents
via Emily Butera, Senior Program Officer, Migrant Rights and Justice Program, Women’s Refugee Commission
Since there has been traffic over the weekend about ICE’s new Parental Interests Directive (and some mischaracterizations about what it is – and isn’t – from the press and Rep. Goodlatte), Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) wanted to pass along some basic background analysis and share a new resource we have created.
The Directive is intended to keep children from entering the child welfare system when a parent is detained or deported, and to ensure that detained and deported parents are able to participate in child welfare proceedings that impact their parental rights. It does NOT address visitation of detained children or parental participation in detained children’s immigration proceedings, despite several erroneous media reports. By our read, it also does not expand ICE’s prosecutorial discretion authority.
ICE will be gradually unrolling the policy in the months to come. In the meantime, many of the concepts in the policy are reflected in WRC’s new “Guide for Detained and Removed Parents with Child Custody Concerns.” This resource, released on Friday, is designed to help detained parents navigate the child welfare system from detention. It is being made available in all ICE over 72 hour facilities beginning this week. Detained parents should be able to find it on the computers in law libraries (please let us know if you hear of parents who are struggling to access it). This resource is the precursor to our larger toolkit for detained parents with child custody concerns, which we will be releasing soon.
I am attaching the 2 page PDF guide here in both English and Spanish. Please distribute widely to your networks. It can also be accessed in both English and Spanish from our website.
Lastly, WRC will be releasing a more detailed analysis of the Directive in the next day or so. In the meantime, our press release from Friday provides the basic contours of the policy, and is pasted below. If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Women’s Refugee Commission Welcomes Parental Interests Directive
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 23, 2013 —The Women’s Refugee Commission welcomes the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) long-awaited and critical Parental Interests Directive, which was issued today.
The Parental Interests Directive will not reduce the number of immigration enforcement actions taking place across the country and does not change the fact that thousands of families are separated due to our broken immigration system, but is an important step forward in the effort to protect the parental rights of those in immigration custody. The directive will make it easier for detained immigrant parents to make appropriate arrangements for the care of their children, and to participate in court proceedings to determine custody of their children when possible. This will reduce the number of children who are unnecessarily placed into the child welfare system as a result of immigration enforcement actions, will help ensure that children whose parents are detained remain safe and are able to maintain communication with their parents, and will increase the likelihood that children will be reunited with their parents at the conclusion of the parents’ immigration proceedings.
The Women’s Refugee Commission has played a key leadership role in raising awareness of the need for such a policy and proposing policy solutions.
“We have been engaging with DHS for several years to propose and promote policies that protect the parental rights of immigrants and promote the best interests of children in families caught up in immigration enforcement,” said Michelle Brané, Director of the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Migrant Rights and Justice Program. “No parent should lose custody of their children simply because they are involved in immigration proceedings.”
The Parental Interests Directive will help reduce the unintentional consequences of immigration enforcement on families caught between the immigration and child welfare systems.
“This announcement is an important acknowledgement that immigration enforcement can be carried out in a more humane and child-friendly manner,” says Brané. “We will continue to push for laws and policies that prevent the separation of parents and children for any length of time”
Coinciding with the Parental Interests Directive, the Women’s Refugee Commission is releasing a two-page guide for detained and deported parents with child custody concerns.* This guide, which DHS will make available in all adult immigration detention facilities, provides parents with steps they can take to protect their parental rights; information on family court proceedings, parent-child visitation, and coordinating care of children; as well as helpful ICE resources for detainees.
The release of the two-page guide precedes the publication of the Women’s Refugee Commission’s larger toolkit for immigrant parents, which will provide detailed information on how to maintain their parental rights and better understand and navigate the child welfare system.
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 private prison corporations which have profited from billions in taxpayer money.