Eight congressional Democrats have returned from visiting two immigrant detention centers in Texas, and they agreed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to improve the detainees’ living conditions.
Despite the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s new enhanced oversight announcements on its immigrant detention facilities, congressional lawmakers and immigrant rights’ advocates are still voicing their disapproval.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a "series of actions" to enhance the agency's oversight on family residential facilities, also referred to as detention centers. ICE’s announcement comes as congressional lawmakers called for the end of such detention facilities.
One of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) immigration agencies announced "enhanced" oversight and release procedures for custody determinations for immigrant detainees with criminal convictions.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Sarah Saldaña, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, as the next director the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, whose appointment was met with praise from legal and immigration experts and advocates.