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Detention and Removal

Advocates’ Letter to President Obama Calling For an End to Family Detention

March 17, 2015   President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC  20500   Dear Mr. President,

Appointed Counsel and Bond Hearings for the Mentally Disabled

Appointed Counsel and Bond Hearings for the Mentally Disabled By Debbie Smith

Recorded Webinar: What Really Happened at the Border: Determining Whether Your Client was Ordered Removed

Held on October 12, 2012.
Your client isn't sure what happened at the border when she tried to enter several years ago and didn't succeed. How do you determine what actually occurred at the border? Was there a removal order at all? If so, what kind?

Prosecutorial Discretion Toolkit

What is prosecutorial discretion and how can it benefit my client? Over the past year, DHS and White House statements and memos have announced new immigration enforcement policies and priorities. This effort to implement new enforcement standards through the exercise of prosecutorial discretion includes the review of 300,000 cases at all stages of the removal process. While this review commenced in late 2011, it remains on-going.

Open Letter in Response to the Closing of the Berks County Family Shelter Care Center and Solicitation of New Family Detention Beds

"We call on the administration to prioritize release of immigrant families in all cases. We
urge the administration to assign social workers to manage familiesʼ cases rather than
placing them in detention. For families without housing, the administration should
partner with non-profit shelter or child welfare organizations experienced in supporting
asylum-seeking and immigrant families to resolve any issues preventing the direct
release of families. Social workers with proven track records providing family and child

Family Safety Planning Training Manual

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has dramatically stepped up enforcement in the interior of the country. DHS agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Division are arresting immigrants at their homes, workplaces and on the streets in communities all across the country.

At-Risk Reports

In 2000-2001, CLINIC published a series of reports on immigration issues based on numerous case studies. These are not current reports. The reports identify, track, and examine the impact of our nation's laws and immigration policies on at-risk immigrants. They illustrate particularly compelling problems faced by immigrants, clear explanations of the law at the root of such problems, and other research.