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Cook County, Illinois Circumvents Secure Communities and Protects Its Residents

09/14/2011

As legal challenges to Secure Communities make their way through courts across the country, Cook County, Illinois has found a bold and creative way around this destructive program. Last week, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to stop complying with ICE requests to hold immigrants convicted of misdemeanors and traffic violations.

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Iran’s Barbaric Execution of Three Gay Men Signals Dangerous Direction

09/12/2011

Two weeks ago, Iran executed three men because they were gay. Iranian authorities rarely admit executing prisoners on the basis of sexuality – typically they are killed on trumped-up charges like kidnapping or burglary – but here the men were explicitly charged with the crime of intercourse between men.

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Tragic Death Should Not Define Public Policy

09/12/2011

Matthew Denice’s tragic death at the hands of a drunk driver is a crime that should be punished. But it is not the single incident upon which public policy should be based.

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Federal Court Rules that Prolonged Detention of Immigrants Is Unconstitutional

09/08/2011

In February Cheik Diop, a Senegalese asylum seeker, walked out of an immigration detention facility in Pennsylvania. His release came nearly three years after he was first detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in early 2008. Last week, a federal appeals court held that detaining Diop for 1,072-days while he fought to stay in the United States violated the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. This important ruling gives hope to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are detained every year.

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The DSK Effect: Immigrant Victims Fear Reporting Crimes

08/25/2011

This week, sexual assault charges against former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, were dropped due to concerns about the credibility of his accuser, Nafissatou Diallo. The inconsistency of Diallo’s narrative, as well as lies contained in her asylum application, led the prosecution to conclude that its case was in jeopardy. Due to the attack on her credibility, the truth regarding what happened in that Manhattan hotel room will never be known. What does this mean for other immigrants who fall victim to crime in the US?

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