US immigration policies aimed at identifying and deporting undocumented immigrants are often problematic. Research consistently shows that such policies lead to widespread racial profiling, indefinite detention without due process, damage to public safety, and many privacy and civil rights violations.
But the trend toward documentation extends beyond the immigrant community. The FBI has developed NextGen, a national biometric identification system for all Americans, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The Department of Homeland Security is overseeing the implementation of a Real ID, which will force states bring their driver’s licenses into compliance with federal standards, in effect creating a national I.D. card and database. DHS also oversees e-Verify, a national database employers can check to see if someone is legally allowed to work in the U.S., thereby creating the situation that people need the federal government’s permission to work.
The emphasis on documentation puts the federal government directly at the center of our lives, and the vast databases of our personal information creates significant privacy and security risks.
These men are on hunger strike for their freedom after suffering prolonged detention, lack of due process, and discrimination. Yet ICE continues to escalate their retaliation against these men by subjecting them to involuntary procedures they refuse.
The Families Belong Together Corporate Accountability Committee Celebrates SunTrust’s Decision to Stop New Financing of The Private Prison Industry
SunTrust’s decision to stop new financing to the private prison industry and immigrant detention companies is a testament to the growing strength of our movement and the power of everyday people standing up for what’s right.
Dr. Warren Scott is facing felony charges carrying up to 20 years in prison. His crime? Providing humanitarian assistance, such as food, water, and shelter, to migrants who might have otherwise died.
Two of the #ElPaso9 Hunger Strikers Have Been Released. But 3 Have Been Deported, 4 Remain in Detention.
Two of the #ElPaso9 hunger strikers, were released from the Otero County Processing Center last week. The men endured verbal and physical abuse including force feeding during their hunger strike.
Immigration Advocates Warn of Physical and Mental Harm to Hunger Strikers in El Paso Detention Facility
The “El Paso 9” have been subjected to brutal force-feedings, mistreatment and retaliatory actions by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and private contractors following their hunger strike, which began in late December 2018.