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9th Circuit Rejects Prolonged Immigrant Detention Without Hearing

The 9th Circuit issued an important decision this week in Diouf v. Napolitano (opinion here) concerning prolonged detention of immigrants.

In a unanimous decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that a person who has been subjected to prolonged immigration detention is entitled to release unless the government can show that he poses a risk of flight or a danger to the community at a bond hearing before an immigration judge.

The Constitution guarantees every person, whether here lawfully or not, a day in court. The ACLU says: [More...]

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Obama to Announce Revamping of Immigrant Detention Centers

Every year, there are 400,000 immigrants held in U.S. detention centers. President Obama will announce a re-organization today, which includes no longer sending children and families to the notoriuous T. Don Hutto Residential Center outside Austin, TX. Hutto is a former state prison currently being operated by Corrections Corp. of America through a federal contract. It is also the subject of a lawsuit by the ACLU.

While the Obama administration will stress the new program will be more humane, there is unlikely to be a decrease in the number of detained immigrants. [More...]

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