Construction at the ICE detention facility, 409 FM 1144, Karnes City, Texas. I was confused when the Karnes County Commissioners Court held hearings in December about whether to expand the Karnes facility, because this construction to expand the place had been going on for months.  Photo by Virginia Raymond

September 2014: what happened at Karnes

Construction at the ICE detention facility, 409 FM 1144, Karnes City, Texas. I was confused when the Karnes County Commissioners Court held hearings in December about whether to expand the Karnes facility, because this construction to expand the place had been going on for months.  Photo by Virginia Raymond

Construction at the ICE detention facility, 409 FM 1144, Karnes City, Texas. I was confused when the Karnes County Commissioners Court held hearings in December about whether to expand the Karnes facility, because this construction to expand the place had been going on for months. Photo by Virginia Raymond

September 3

DHS releases Nayeli Lisbeth Bermudez Beltran and her mother from Karnes, following an intense campaign led by their lawyer, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, and Grassroots Leadership   Neyeli is seven years old with a growing brain tumor. The Karnes pro bono team won’t know another family who will be released at the discretion of ICE — as opposed to via a judge’s order — until January.

September 13

Demonstration at Karnes opposing family detention

September 26

Ranjana Natarajan, Esq., and Nafisa Bringe, Daniel Hatoum, Janae’ Steele (law students), Civil Rights Clinic of the University of Texas School of Law; and Denise Gilman, Esq., and Alaina Zermeno (law student), of the Immigration Clinic, the University of Texas School of Law, “Report Regarding Grave Rights Violations Implicated in Family Immigration Detention at Karnes County Detention Center,” Report to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Index to the Eleven Exhibits submitted with the report by Ranjana Natarajan, Denise Gilman, and their glorious students as named above. Please note that the first page of each exhibit may appear blank, because it’s just one line centered on the page.  Don’t give up!

Exhibit 1: Record of Deportable/Inadmissible Alien, I-213

Exhibit 2: Record of Credible Fear Determination, I-870 (only for people coming to the U.S. for the first time, or who have never been deported or removed before, or who have never been actually transported by the U.S. out of the country pursuant to a removal or deportation order. If a person receives a removal order in absentia, for example, but then goes home on her home, that counts as a previous deportation/removal.)

Exhibit 3: Notice of Custody Determination, I-286

Exhibit 4: Notice to Appear, I-862 (for those for whom Asylum Officers have determined to have a credible fear of returning to their home countries. Women who have been deported/removed from the U.S. before do not have credible fear interviews, but reasonable fear interviews, and they must meet a higher standard of proof to receive less desirable relief from removal).

Exhibit 5: Custody Order of Immigration Judge

Exhibit 6: Two declarations in support of the no-bond policy by ICE officials Philip T. Miller and Traci Lembke
  Declaration of Philip T. Miller, ICE Enforcement & Removal Operations (ERO), August 7, 2014   (This declaration is the first document in what we call the “ICE bond packet,” see August 7)
  Declaration of Traci Lembke, ICE, August 7, 2014 (This declaration is the second document in what we informally call the “ICE Bond packet,” see August 7)

Exhibit 7: Two declarations in opposition of the No-Bond policy, by Professors Jonathan Hiskey and Nestor Rodríguez
  Declaration of Jonathan Hiskey, September 22, 2014
  Declaration of Nestor Rodriguez, August 28, 2014 (a rebuttal to declaration of Philip T. Miller)

Page of additional resources, submitted to the IACHR by Denise Gilman and Ranjana Natarajan and their glorious students

September 29

Harms of Family Detention.Amicus Brief of 46 Social Science Researchers and Professors.., in Timothy Robbins, et al. Respondents, v. Alejandro Rodríguez, et al, Petitioners-Appellees, Nos. 13-56706 & 13-56755, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

September 30

Marisa Bono for MALDEF, with Barbara Hines (UT School of Law Immigration Clinic), Ranjana Natarajan (UT School of Law Civil Rights Clinic), Andrea Guttin (Human Rights First), Allison Boyle and Javier Maldonado (Law office of Javier Maldonado) file a complaint against Karnes alleging women confined there suffer sexual abuse.    Read the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PRIA) complaint here.

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