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PHR Welcomes Creation of ICE Public Advocate


US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with enforcing immigration laws and running immigration detention centers, announced on Thursday that it is creating a Public Advocate post to address complaints regarding immigration enforcement.

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Burma Kachin churches in Hpakant take in 1,000 refugees since New Year

Kachin News

Churches and Buddhist monasteries in the Hpakant (or Hpakan) jade mining area of Burma's northern Kachin State have taken in nearly 1,000 refugees since the beginning of the year. The huge increase in displaced people in the Hpakant area is a result of the ongoing Burmese army offensive against the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), according to sources on the ground.

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Immigration 2011: Deportation, 'Administrative Amnesty,' Harsh State Laws

US News and World Report

PHR's Christy Fujio is quoted in US News and World Report's story on "Why 2011 may have presented a reason to hope for immigration reform."

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Christmas Eve to be a Silent Night in Kachin State

The Irrawaddy

Burma’s ethnic Kachin community, which is 90 percent Christian, traditionally celebrates Christmas complete with decorations, caroling and church worship. But due to the ongoing armed hostilities in their region of northern Burma, this year’s holiday celebrations will range from low-key to non-existent.

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Human Rights Groups File Lawsuit Against DOJ on Detention of Asylum Seekers


Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and eight partner organizations filed a lawsuit today against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) challenging its failure to issue regulations that would give immigration judges the authority to order the release of asylum seekers who are being held in immigration detention facilities.

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