HOW ICE IS USING PRIVATE CONTRACTORS TO DODGE LOCAL DEMOCRACY

After months of sustained pressure, immigrants’ rights activists clinched a major victory in Williamson County, Texas, in June 2018. In a room packed with local organizers, the county commission voted to terminate contracts with ICE and CoreCivic—the second-largest private detention…
Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — When Martha Kebede’s adult sons immigrated from Ethiopia and reunited with her in South Dakota this year, they had few work opportunities. Lacking English skills, the brothers took jobs at Smithfield Foods’ Sioux Falls pork plant,…
Second man with COVID-19 dies in US immigration custody

A Guatemalan man held in United States immigration detention died after contracting the novel coronavirus, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed on Monday. He is the second known migrant to die of COVID-19 while in immigration custody. In…
US immigration: No rash decisions please, Prez Trump

Let’s begin with some good news. Recently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the immigration arm of the US administration, entered into a settlement with ITServe Alliance and agreed to drop application of various contentious policy memos. These…
U.S. Immigration Policy Debate Can’t Be Fought on Republican Terms

The United States has a long history of hostility toward immigrants, from barring “undesirables” (a shifting category that has targeted the nonwhite, the disabled, and women) to turning away desperate asylum seekers who went on to gruesome deaths. Even after…
COVID-19 Shows The Need For Strong Refugee Advocacy

Despite the upheaval caused by COVID-19, HIAS is working to ensure the people we serve have the support they need. The same is true for our advocacy work. HIAS continues to fight — from a socially safe distance — for…