family detention

Urge Congress to end the administration’s policy of prosecuting asylum seekers, which is a direct violation of their rights under U.S. and international law. Congress should also move to immediately reunify children who have been separated from their parents under the administration’s policy. Background: On May 7, the Trump administration formalized a policy of forcibly separating immigrant children from…

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As President Obama calls for more generosity and welcome toward refugees, his administration continues to put refugee families from Central America into detention centers and deport them back to the dangers from which they fled. Mothers and children in a family detention center in Berks County, Pennsylvania, where some have languished for more than a year,…

Read more Refugee children in Pennsylvania want to be free from their prison

In the colossal entity that is the United States criminal justice system, an estimated 20% of prisons are private and for-profit. Private prisons provide an awful incentive to continue the sad trend of mass incarceration that the United States has had for decades. Contracts that federal and state governments have with private prisons usually stipulate…

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By Tammy Alexander Recent headlines speak of a “European migration crisis” and a “U.S. border crisis.” Politicians declare that efforts to stop migration are “urgent”—an “emergency.” Putting the focus on the “burden” of wealthy countries, however, rather than on the needs of refugees, negates the responsibility we have to offer a helping hand to those…

Read more The shameful practice of family detention