Alfonso Serrano

White voting booths adorned by American flags

Midterms 2018: Progressive Prosecutors Elected to Reshape 'Lock-em-up' Mentality

Several reform-driven district attorneys won seats on Tuesday on pledges to revamp a criminal justice system that disproportionately targets people of color.

Border Patrol Agents Detain Migrants Near US-Mexico Border

With Detention Centers at Capacity, ICE Begins Releasing Immigrant Families

Unable to keep up with case files at the Arizona-Mexico border, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is releasing apprehended immigrants to churches and other nonprofits.

Activists Demonstrate Against President's Immigration Policies

Citing Racial Bias, Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Terminating TPS

A district judge extends protection from deportation for some 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Sudan, Nicaragua and Haiti.

California governor signs criminal justice reform measures.

Series of New Laws Overhauls California's Criminal Justice System

Governor Jerry Brown signs a slew of measures aimed at reducing prison population and stemming the criminalization of people of color.

Border Patrol Agents Detain Migrants Near US-Mexico Border

Inspector General Issues Scathing Report on Family Separation Policy

The government watchdog spotlights widespread disarray among federal agencies tasked with implementing the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy.

Bill would bar DHS from arresting child sponsors on immigration violations.

Bipartisan Bill Would Bar DHS from Arresting Immigrant Child Sponsors

The proposed measure comes after ICE arrested dozens of potential child custodians.

Police body camera technology

READ: Body Cameras Won't Save Us

A new article from The Atlantic says there is only so much that technology can do to improve police accountability.

USCIS improperly vets civil surgeons who treat immigrants

REPORT: Feds Hire Doctors with Criminal Records to Examine Immigrants

A new report from the Office of the Inspector General says that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ faulty vetting procedures are placing immigrants at risk.

Murder rate drops in US, according to FBI data

Violent Crime Rates Fall, But Incarceration Rates Still High

Ames Grawert of Brennan Center for Justice: “Congress and states should back commonsense sentencing reform that would correct grave injustices in the way we sentence and incarcerate.”

ICE arresting sponsors of undocumented children.

ICE is Arresting Immigrants Who Attempt to Sponsor Undocumented Children

Majority of arrests are result of immigration violations, not criminal activity.

 

Jeff Sessions further limits judicial independence of immigration judges

Attorney General Further Limits Judges' Ability to Dismiss Deportation Cases

Critics say the new directive from Jeff Sessions is the latest in a series of moves designed to limit judicial independece and integrity.

Person in winter clothing holds green and white sign that reads, "Refugees are welcome here."

Trump Administration Retreats on Vow to Lower Refugee Cap

After announcing record low refugee cap of 30,000, administration says it will consult Congress before making a final decision. 

 

DHS documents show FEMA diverted money to ICE to deport immigrants, just as 2018 hurricane season began

Trump Administration Funneled $10 Million from FEMA to ICE Detention Program

Newly released DHS documents show that, at the start of hurricane season, the money was diverted to buttress the federal government’s detention and deportation efforts.

U.S. gun violence is a human rights crisis, says Amnesty International

Under the Gun: U.S. Firearm Violence Is a Human Rights Crisis

A new report from Amnesty International says that gun violence in the United States is a crisis that has an exorbitant toll on communities of color.

Dallas Police Officer Faces Manslaughter Charge in Black Man's Shooting Death

Dallas Police Officer Faces Manslaughter Charge in Shooting Death of Botham Jean

Amber Guyger’s fatal shooting of the Black man recast national attention on police violence and accountability.

Trump Administration Proposes Longer Detention for Migrant Children

Trump Administration Proposes Longer Detention for Migrant Children

A newly proposed rule would circumvent a long-established agreement that limits child detention to 20 days.

People stand behind white privacy screens that say, "vote"

ICE Requests Millions of North Carolina Voting Records

State officials say complying with the request will prevent them from preparing for the general election. Critics say the request is brazen attempt to suppress voting rights for people of color.

Democrats call on Trump administration to reunite 500 children who remain separated from their parents

Democrats Demand Reunification Plan for 500 Separated Children

More than 40 days after the deadline to reunify thousands of immigrant families, hundreds of children still remain separated from their parents.

Migrant parents say they were intimidated into waiving rights to be reunited with their children.

Migrant Parents Say ICE Intimidated Them Into Waiving Reunification Rights

Immigrant rights groups say parents were misled and coerced into signing away their rights to be reunited with their children.

A person with their hands shackled behind their back is seen through an opening in a chain-link fence

Incarcerated People Stage Strikes Nationwide

Strikers say meager wages and sentencing laws that target people of color amount to modern day slavery.