Here we are collecting some docs related to migrant rights and detention in the United States, mostly as a way to prepare our response to the IACHR report released in March.–gm
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Report on Immigration in the United States: Detention and Due Process (OEA/Ser.L/V/II; Doc. 78/10; 30 December 2010; Original: English) Archived at TCRR in pdf format 2.1 MB
IACHR Press Release (March 17, 2011: No. 21/11) IACHR PUBLISHES REPORT ON IMMIGRATION IN THE UNITED STATES
Washington, D.C., March 17, 2011 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) today is publishing its Report on Immigration in the United States: Detention and Due Process. The report contains the conclusions of an investigation the IACHR carried out to ascertain whether policies and practices on immigrant-related detention in the United States were compatible with the country’s international obligations in the area of human rights. The report also includes recommendations for ensuring that detention policies fulfill those obligations.
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Jorge Bustamante: Addendum, MISSION TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (UNITED NATIONS A, General Assembly Distr., GENERAL, A/HRC/7/12/Add.2, 5 March 2008, Original: ENGLISH, HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, Seventh session, Agenda item 3, PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS, CIVIL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT) Archived at TCRR in pdf format 118 KB.
OHCHR Press Release: SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON HUMAN RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS ENDS VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES,
17 May 2007: The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Jorge Bustamante, issued the following statement today:
The Special Rapporteur wishes to thank the Government of the United States of America for their official invitation to visit their country and their cooperation during his 18 day visit to the United States from 30 April to 17 May 2007. In the course of his visit, the Special Rapporteur met with senior government officials in charge of migration and human rights issues at the federal level.
Activated Jurisdictions: 1,210 of 3,181 (38 percent). As part of the Secure Communities strategy, ICE is leveraging a federal biometric information sharing capability to quickly and accurately identify aliens in law enforcement custody. Since this capability was first activated in 2008, biometric information sharing has helped ICE identify and remove more than 72,000 convicted criminal aliens from the United States. As of April 19, 2011, the biometric information sharing capability is activated in 1,210 jurisdictions in 41 states. By 2013, ICE plans to use this capability nationwide. The enforcement statistics are current as of March 31, 2011. Archived at TCRR in pdf format 7.5 MB!
Lockheed Martin Named Biometrics “Company of the Year” By Frost & Sullivan: Award Recognizes Leadership in Biometrics Innovation, Customer Value (Press Release at Lockheed Martin website)
GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 13th, 2011 — Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been named the North American Biometrics Operations and Integrations “Company of the Year” by Frost & Sullivan, recognizing the Corporation’s success in delivering innovative biometrics solutions that offer high levels of customer value. . . .
Frost & Sullivan highlighted Lockheed Martin’s role as the lead industry partner for several major government biometrics initiatives, including the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) program, which is expanding and enhancing the Bureau’s current identification capabilities. Lockheed Martin was also recognized for its role in developing RapI.D.™, a new DNA analysis system that leverages the latest in microfluidic research and development to accelerate the DNA identification process.
U.S. interest in unique identification project. A. SRIVATHSAN. The Hindu (April 23, 2011)
The U.S. State Department showed immense interest in the Unique Identification (UID) project being implemented by the Government of India and wanted to know details including “the name, model, and version of the biometric collection devices used for the ID.” The office of the Secretary of State, on December 17, 2009, sent a cable (240481: secret/noforn) under the name of Hillary Clinton asking the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi to find out the motivation behind the project and to collect as much information on it as possible.
(This article is a part of the series “The India Cables” based on the US diplomatic cables accessed by The Hindu via Wikileaks.)
STATEMENT OF JOHN MORTON, ASSISTANT SECRETARY U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE) DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REGARDING A HEARING ON “U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT FY 2012 BUDGET REQUEST” BEFORE THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY (Friday, MARCH 11, 2011 — 10:00 a.m.) Archived by TCRR in pdf format
Department of Homeland Security, Ofﬁce of Inspector General, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Identification of Criminal Aliens in Federal and State Custody Eligible for Removal from the United States (OIG-11-26 January 2011) Downloaded from Syracuse TRAC, archived by TCRR in pdf format 1.4 MB
STATEMENT OF WESLEY LEE, ACTING DIRECTOR OF DETENTION AND REMOVAL OPERATIONS (DRO), U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE) DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, TECHNOLOGY, AND HOMELAND SECURITY AND SUBCOMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION, BORDER SECURITY & CITIZENSHIP: “THE SOUTHERN BORDER IN CRISIS: RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE NATIONAL SECURITY” (Tuesday, June 7, 2005 2:30 p.m. Room 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building) Archived by TCRR in pdf format