A joint investigation with Lost in Detention October 18, 2011 FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop examine the Obama administration’s controversial get-tough immigration policy. FEATURED FROM THIS REPORT
Obama is facing “quite a negative legacy on an issue that has cried out for policy-making,” says Suro, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California.
Curran, the Republican sheriff of Lake County, Ill., was initially onboard with the Obama administrations immigration program known as Secure Communities: “When you have local, state and federal law enforcement all sharing information, all working together, … that’s when we work best.” After seeing it in action, however, he’s become an outspoken critic.
Over the past year, three Democratic state governors — and Obama supporters — have attempted to pull out of the administration’s controversial Secure Communities program. Here’s why.
April 22, 2013, 1:47 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The number of deportation cases is the highest it’s been in 15 years.
April 16, 2013, 4:02 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
But the U.S. has already spent billions — and according to a recent GAO report, we don’t know whether it’s making a difference.
March 19, 2013, 4:34 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
It was due to budget reasons, Director John Morton told Congress today.
January 28, 2013, 4:00 pm ET
Their plan includes a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, “contingent” upon success in securing borders.
December 6, 2012, 6:11 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Immigrants detained in facilities run by the Homeland Security department are a step closer to having the same protections from abuse as other inmates in the U.S., nearly a year after a government investigation found troubling allegations of sexual abuse in some facilities.
October 22, 2012, 10:56 am ET · by Sarah Childress
After abuses were uncovered, the Obama administration called for an overhaul of the immigrant detention system. But how much has changed?
June 15, 2012, 4:35 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
Under a new policy announced today by the Department of Homeland Security, up to 800,000 illegal immigrants will be allowed …
June 7, 2012, 5:49 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The news comes as Obama is courting Latino voters in his re-election bid.
May 18, 2012, 11:27 am ET · by Sarah Childress
The Justice Department released new rules yesterday designed to curb sexual abuse in federal and state detention facilities, including stricter …
March 14, 2012, 3:39 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
As part of their promise to overhaul the nation’s vast network of immigration detention centers, Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] …
February 13, 2012, 4:27 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
At least two families of students at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles — where in recent weeks two teachers …
February 9, 2012, 11:57 am ET · by Gretchen Gavett
We’ve reported on the attempts by three states – New York, Illinois and Massachusetts — to challenge the Obama administration’s …
February 3, 2012, 11:34 am ET · by Gretchen Gavett
The move comes after members of Congress petitioned the office to act, citing FRONTLINE’s “Lost in Detention.”
January 20, 2012, 2:56 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
Back in August, the Obama administration announced it would begin reviewing 300,000 backlogged immigration cases in order to better identify …
January 10, 2012, 2:01 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
Citing our October film Lost in Detention, 30 members of Congress are pressing the Government Accountability Office to look into …
January 9, 2012, 3:01 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
By 2013, states will have little choice but to comply with the Obama administration’s controversial Secure Communities immigration program, which collects …
November 17, 2011, 1:32 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
Today, the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] is poised to begin streamlining its much-criticized deportation process, accelerating the court docket …
November 14, 2011, 5:49 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
In June, Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] chief John Morton sought to clarify the agency’s increasingly controversial deportation programs. ICE …
November 10, 2011, 12:59 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
The Obama administration’s immigration policies have outraged many Latino activists. And according to The Washington Post, one person in particular …
November 3, 2011, 2:01 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
“Even if the [immigration] law is executed with perfection, there will be parents separated from their children,” White House Director …
October 26, 2011, 3:29 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
In October 2010, during a press conference, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said that the controversial immigration program known …
October 20, 2011, 2:11 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
“What is the Department of Homeland Security doing to ensure that immigration detainees are safe from sexual abuse, whether they’re …
October 19, 2011, 4:44 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
Just yesterday, the Obama administration announced it had deported a record number of illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2011. But …
October 19, 2011, 11:04 am ET · by Gretchen Gavett
While our film Lost in Detention was airing last night, exploring the Obama administration’s controversial immigration policies, another debate was …
October 18, 2011, 9:50 pm ET · by Nathan Tobey
Read the full transcript of our live chat with Maria Hinojosa, producer Catherine Rentz and Univision’s Tifani Roberts about “Lost in Detention.”
October 18, 2011, 7:53 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
How long can immigrants be held? Who are their advocates? We asked Mark Fleming, the national litigation coordinator for the National Immigration Justice Center, for some basic information about legal rights in the immigration detention system.
October 18, 2011, 5:09 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
Stay tuned for Lost in Detention, our upcoming film on the immigration debate. It airs tonight; check your local listings …
October 14, 2011, 7:09 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
Last year, the Obama administration set new records for detaining and deporting immigrants who were inside the U.S. illegally. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently indicated that the 2011 numbers will be even higher, resulting in the removal of more than 400,000 people. …
October 13, 2011, 1:04 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
Tonight, President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign strategist David Axelrod will attend a $250-a-person campaign event in Phoenix, Ariz. Sen. John McCain won the state in 2008, but Latinos now make up nearly 30 percent of Arizona voters, and Democrats are optimistic that recent redistricting efforts may play out in the president’s favor.
October 6, 2011, 2:41 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
Stay tuned for Lost in Detention, our upcoming film on the immigration debate. It airs Oct. 18; check your local …
September 30, 2011, 1:10 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
Univision’s Aquí y Ahora aired a lengthy segment this week on our upcoming documentary Lost in Detention, which premieres Oct. …
September 29, 2011, 4:31 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
We’re preparing for Lost in Detention — our upcoming film on immigration airing Oct. 18 (check local listings) — and …
September 21, 2011, 2:49 pm ET · by Gretchen Gavett
About 5.5 million children in the U.S. have a parent who is here illegally; some of these kids are as …
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