Advocates seek new system to determine mental competence, appoint attorney
Two-month total greater than any such period in the agency’s history
A steep drop in deportations has caused U.S. immigration officials to implement controversial new quotas to meet an annual goal. Officials have also backed away from an Obama administration pledge to focus enforcement efforts primarily on illegal immigrants who are dangerous or have violent pasts, CIR and the Washington Post report. >> Read the full
Former drug informant who avoided deportation to Mexico has been released after years in immigration lock-up.
Immigrant advocates pushing for reform of the nation’s immigration laws call on the White House to replace top immigration official.
On March 29, CIR's Andrew Becker reported for the Los Angeles Times on a lawsuit filed by two mentally disabled Mexican immigrants who spent years in detention facilities after completing their sentences. Two days later the two men were released by U.S. immigration authorities. Read an update by Becker in the Times. >> Read the
Mentally Disabled Immigrants Remain in Detention for Years After Serving Time for Crimes, Their Attorneys Allege
Two mentally disabled Mexican immigrants, facing deportation for criminal assault convictions for which they have already served their time, continue to be held in detention facilities in violation of their constitutional rights, according to separate lawsuits filed in federal court. Jose Franco-Gonzalez, 29, of Costa Mesa and Guillermo Gomez-Sanchez, 48, of San Bernardino have languished
A DOJ investigation of an immigration judge’s misconduct gives asylum seeker another day in court.
The federal agency that oversees immigration detention will solicit bids next month for a new 2,200-bed detention center in the Los Angeles area.
In another sign that the Obama administration is preparing for — or at least thinking about — sweeping reforms of the nation’s broken immigration system, the agency that polices the nation’s immigration laws has created a new position to work on issues related to possible new legislation.