Detention

Detention

The Human Cost of IIRIRA – Stories From Individuals Impacted by the Immigration Detention System
The 1996 passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) has had a devastating impact on immigrants who are detained, indigent, and forced to face deportation proceedings without representation. Despite the growing specter of the “criminal alien” in the American psyche, there is little public knowledge or scrutiny of the vast immigration detention and deportation machine. Enforcement of IIRIRA has effectively erased human stories and narrowed immigration debates to numbers and statistics. This paper tells the stories of individuals — immigration attorneys, immigration judges, and detained immigrants and their family members — who have personally experienced the impact of IIRIRA. Collectively, these vignettes provide a realistic picture of the immigration detention experience and reveal the human cost of IIRIRA.

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The CMS US Immigration Reform Project
The CMS US Immigration Reform Project seeks to look beyond current immigration debates to offer analysis, ideas and proposals that: Address the range of conditions driving and likely to drive international migration into the foreseeable future; Consider the impact of...

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National Identity and 3 of the Most Damaging Directives in President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration and Refugees
President Trump’s “shock and awe” strategy in the form of multiple executive orders on immigration and refugees creates three major risks: first, that many of the most damaging provisions will evade scrutiny in the glare of more high profile issues like building an unnecessary and unsustainable 2,000 mile border wall; second, that the cynical rationale for the orders (security and safety) will actually stick, if repeated enough times, and; third, that some portion of this agenda may actually be implemented at permanent cost to our nation’s well-being, core values and identity.

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Migration Experts Series | Bill Frelick
Bill Frelick, refugee rights program director at Human Rights Watch, discusses his paper, “The Impact of Externalization of Migration Controls on the Rights of Asylum Seekers and Other Migrants.” The paper is co-authored with Ian M. Kysel (ACLU of Southern...

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CMSOnAir | Cecilia Muñoz
Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to President Barack Obama and Director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, joins CMSOnAir to reflect on the Administration’s efforts on immigration during the past eight years. She offers a candid assessment of the major immigration and refugee issues and challenges the Administration faced, from legislative reform to Executive action to immigration enforcement and national security. In this episode, Ms. Muñoz speaks with CMS's Executive Director Donald Kerwin on the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States, and the government’s response to the surge of Central American unaccompanied minors and families into the country.

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