DHS to Revise Family Detention Approach
June 24, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson announced that the department will make “substantial changes” to family detention practices.
Among the key reforms: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will offer bond to families who fear persecution in their home countries. ICE also is working to ensure that families have access to counsel, which protects essential due process rights.
In addition, “Once a family has established eligibility for asylum or other relief under our laws, long-term detention is an inefficient use of our resources and should be discontinued,” Johnson says in the statement.
“This announcement is a positive development. Now comes the crucial test: Will Director Saldaña and her colleagues at ICE fully implement these changes?” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “Our national interest lies in the humane treatment of mothers and children. We look forward to the administration moving in the direction of phasing out family detention once again.”