General issues for immigration


Mon – 6/11: “Mr. President…there’s someone from the UN human rights office out in the hall…” (

We are in violation of international human rights laws: The United Nations human rights office declared that separating children from migrant families entering the United States violates their rights and international law. Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, stated that “[this practice]amounts to arbitrary and unlawful interference in family life, and is a serious violation of the rights of the child.”(Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Rights of the Child treaty, Amnesty International and Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders)

Immigrant detention statistics: The US maintains the largest immigration detention infrastructure in the world, detaining approximately 380,000 to 442,000 persons per year. Prisoners, including legal permanent residents with longstanding family and community ties, asylum-seekers, and victims of human trafficking–are detained for weeks, months, and sometimes years in over 200 county jails and for-profit prisons. This system costs taxpayers approximately $2 billion in 2015. On average taxpayers spend $90.43/day ($33,000/annually) to detain a person in a private immigration detention facility and $72.69/day ($26,500/annually) in a municipal jail. ($30,000 a year is roughly the annual cost of sending a kid to a public college, so that $2bn could provide a full college education to 66,666 students.)

Abuse of detainees: Despite 2009 immigration detention reforms and the Obama administration’s promisesfor greater government transparency, a culture of secrecy persists around immigration detention oversight. The combined lack of transparency and accountability allows detention centers to continue operating without any fear of having to answer for the inhumane treatment of people in detention. No independent oversight of the detention system leaves inmates are vulnerable to abuse. Immigrants in detention facilities around the United States are often subjected to punitive and long-term solitary confinement. They are subject to inadequate medical care, punitive and long-term solitary confinement, rape and assault, and often isolated from access to legal assistance and community support. An internal ICE report concluded that there were “problems that undermine the protection of detainees’ rights, their humane treatment, and the provision of a safe and healthy environment.”

Excellent informational video from immigration lawyers on the legal issues criminalizing asylum seekers, separating them from their kids and the issue of “missing” kids here. Also, answers questions on why asylum seekers can’t effectively petition Mexico for safe harbor.

Information about the 1,475 “missing” kids here.

Dianne Feinstein – “Protecting defenseless children is not an immigration ‘loophole’” (wapo)

John Oliver shreds the Feds for forcing kids to appear in court without lawyers. (Huffpost)

Kamala Harris questions Neilson about separation policy as deterant. considering undermining Flores Agreement, including provision of meals and recreation and kept in least restricted environment as possible.