The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) achieved a new milestone a few days ago when it released a newly-created training module, “Guidance for Adjudicating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Refugee and Asylum Claims.”
Recently, the NC Stop Torture Now group released a comprehensive report on extraordinary rendition and called upon state officials to stop any such extraordinary rendition flights from operating at the NC Johnston County Airport.
[Updated with photos, 1/13/12] Today, January 11, 2012, marks the tenth year of existence of the detention center at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Ten years ago, twenty men arrived there and were held in Camp X-Ray, a temporary camp of open-air 6’x8’ cells made of chain link fence...
On January 11, 2012, ten years after the first detainees were brought to Guantánamo, demonstrations took place across the globe to protest the continued existence of the prison camp that has come to symbolize torture and indefinite detention. From Washington DC all the way to San Francisco, across the ocean to London, Paris, and Brussels, hundreds of protestors marched, demonstrated and chanted slogans, demanding justice for the men at Guantánamo.
When the Obama administration announced that it would encourage the use of prosecutorial discretion to determine which undocumented immigrants should be targeted for deportation, immigrants and advocates were cautiously optimistic. Now, as the first batch of cases to be considered for prosecutorial discretion are making their way through the system, both the benefits of the policy and the challenges to implementing it are coming into focus.