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Obama administration urged Australia to change offshore detention refugee policy

“The Obama administration urged Australia to change its policy of offshore detention of refugees while agreeing to accept up to 1,200 people to relieve their suffering, a former senior US official has said” writes Paul Karp for theguardian.com. The United Nations has called Australia’s policy of offshore detention of asylum seekers unjustifiably punitive and unlawful, “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”.Higginbottom, who is now the chief operating officer of the aid organisation Care, singled out the “policy of detention” as the aspect of Australia’s policy rejected by the Obama administration.Turnbull also…

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Manus Island closure: refugees forced out of compound and threatened with arrest

“Refugees and asylum seekers have been forced out of one of the largest compounds of the Manus Island immigration detention centre and threatened with arrest as part of the rolling closure of the facility” writes Helen Davidson for theguardian.com. Those detainees with refugee determinations have been told they can stay at the East Lorengau transit centre, or can temporarily relocate to one of the other detention centre compounds until they too are closed. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Florida county sued for detention of US citizen at behest of immigration officials

“Gimenez caused outraged in January when he overturned years of county policy and ordered jails to approve all immigration detainer requests instead of only those for people facing serious charges” writes Richard Luscombe for theguardian.com. Your due process gets violated and you’ll be held for the immigration agency. “It’s a fear immigrants have always had, even in the Obama years, but Obama wasn’t targeting the average, working-class immigrant. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Sweden is cracking down on undocumented immigrants now

“A 22-year veteran who has caught thousands of illegal immigrants, Wiberg led the raid at the construction site in May” writes Johan Ahlander for businessinsider.com. In 2016, police made about 1,100 unannounced workplace checks, almost three times more than in 2015, and caught 232 illegal immigrants.Up to 50,000 undocumented immigrants already work in hotels, transport, construction and restaurants, the agency said last year.Expanded police powers include workplace checks without concrete suspicion of a crime, to be allowed from next year, with sharply higher fines for employing illegal immigrants. Source: businessinsider.com Share…

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ICE IG finds ‘nothing’ wrong at detention centers, rejects complaints from illegals

“But the IG found the three major detention centers it investigated in ship shape form” writes Paul Bedard for washingtonexaminer.com. Several immigration rights groups, members of Congress and media have complained that illegals faced all sorts of abuses inside detention centers.The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, acting on charges that illegals faced abuses inside detention centers, found “nothing” wrong in three key facilities built to hold over 3,300 undocumented immigrants. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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ICE Shuts Down Program for Asylum-Seekers

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will soon close a family case management program for asylum-seekers that, as of April 19, housed more than 630 families” writes Aria Bendix for theatlantic.com. The United States’ family case management program provides a more relaxed alternative to detention facilities, functioning less like a prison and more like a counseling center.While the case management program has deported just 15 of its participant families, intensive supervision programs have deported around 2,200 individuals over the same time period.With the program scheduled to close on June 20,…

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Inside Trump’s secretive immigration court

“In US immigration courts, respondents have no right to a public attorney as the proceedings are administrative and not criminal” writes Oliver Laughland for theguardian.com. The LaSalle detention facility, which holds both men and women, serves as a major hub for arrestees from many of the southern states.The charges were enough to see him transferred to immigration detention.The justice department’s executive office for immigration review [EOIR], which administers America’s immigration courts, declined to respond to a list of detailed questions about the new court. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Egypt orders detention of ex-presidential candidate who said he may run against the current president in 2018

“CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s public prosecutor on Tuesday ordered the detention of ex-presidential candidate Khalid Ali for questioning in relation to a case in which he is accused of “offending public decency,” his lawyer told Reuters” writes Ahmed Aboulenein for businessinsider.com. Ali, a prominent human rights lawyer who ran in Egypt’s 2012 election, has suggested he might run against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a presidential election slated for 2018. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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The US has started ‘extreme vetting’ interviews at Australia’s offshore detention centers

“Manus Island is one of two Australian-operated detention centers, which hold nearly 1,300 people who were intercepted trying to reach Australia by boat” writes Colin Packham for businessinsider.com. SYDNEY (Reuters) – U.S. Homeland Security officials have begun “extreme vetting” interviews at Australia’s offshore detention centers, two sources at the camps told Reuters on Tuesday, as Washington honors a refugee swap U.S. President Donald Trump had called “a dumb deal”.The first security interviews finished last week at Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island detention center, two refugees who went through the process…

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