Global Detention Project Newsletter January 2017 NEW GDP WORKING PAPER
Reforming Family Detention in the United States
By Dora Schriro
The prospect of ending the detention of immigrant families in the US appears more remote than ever as the Trump administration begins implementing its restrictive immigration agenda. This paper, authored by the former director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Detention Policy and Planning, provides an inside look at the failure of the Obama administration to roll back family detention and urges renewed calls for reforms in the face of Trump’s crackdown. Read Here.
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Ireland: Where Migrants are Detained in Prisons Although it detains only a handful of people at any given time, Ireland is one of Europe’s only countries to use its criminal incarceration system for immigration purposes. Will calls by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and other human rights watchdogs to build a dedicated immigration facility lead to more detention? Read here.
Latvia: A “Crisis” at the NATO-EU Border?
Despite having only a very small number of unauthorized entries, Latvia calls the situation at its borders with Russia and Belarus “alarming” and is building a multi-million Euro border fence. Questions remain whether the fence is targeted at Russia or irregular migrants, most of whom are from Vietnam. Read here.