It took 16 years for Herberth Cortez Gaitan to have his asylum case heard, 9 more for him to be deported — and 2 years for him to return to the US after a federal court found that immigration judges had made a mistake.
Beth Lew-Williams’ grandfather was 9 when he was separated from family and placed in immigration detention. And he held the pain of the experience for 72 years.
The number of deportations to Cambodia — and the speed at which they’re processed — is on the rise. Sothy Kum is among them.
Ravi Ragbir, director of the New Sanctuary Coalition, was taken into custody during a check-in with the federal government.
In criminal law, people have the right to a bail hearing while they await trial. The Supreme Court is deciding if immigrants have that same right while they fight deportation.
Today, the practice of apprehending immigrants and holding them in custody has created a shadow prison system, complete with hundreds of federal and private facilities throughout the country.
Immigration detention is big business. Trump will make it even bigger.
Australia's offshore detention camps have been brought to the attention of the International Criminal Court. Human rights lawyers want the ICC to investigate whether crimes against humanity are being committed there.
Hungarian prisoners are also building a second "smart fence" complete with night cameras and heat and movement sensors to keep migrants out.
We want to know if more private prisons will come with more oversight of those prisons to document and prevent abuses.
Trump has signed executive orders for the Department of Homeland Security, including an admonition to increase transparency.