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Short-Term Immigration Detention: Custody May be Temporary, but the Problems are Enduring

10/11/2011

Despite repeated calls for reform, the immigration detention web continues to grow in scale and cost, and the majority of immigrants held by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have broken no criminal laws.

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Massachusetts Legislature Considers Imposing Fees on Inmates

10/07/2011

With budgets in crisis and the recession showing no signs of abatement, Massachusetts is looking for creative ways to cut prison spending. In a recent Joint Committee on the Judiciary session, Republican lawmakers and a group of sheriffs asked the Committee to support a bill that would require Massachusetts inmates to pay for their time in lock up.

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Legal and Political Challenges Inhibit Mexican Asylum Seekers

10/06/2011

Despite mounting evidence of targeted violence, immigration judges seldom recognize that Mexican nationals have a “well-founded fear of persecution”- the substantive criteria for asylum in the United States.

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Troubling Alabama Immigration Law Upheld by Federal Judge

10/05/2011

Last week, Federal District Judge Sharon Blackburn declined to strike major portions of Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant law, HB 56, making Alabama the state with the strictest immigration laws in the country.

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Seeking Answers About CIA Operations in Somalia

09/29/2011

Recently, The Nation and The New York Times disclosed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) may be involved in the transfer of suspected terrorists to Somalia for detention and interrogation, in violation of US and international law.

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