Are criminal justice reforms and immigration policy at odds?

Asylum & Refugee: Adultsource: Huff Post 
published: 22 October 2015

The Department of Justice recently announced a decision to release 6,000 people from federal prison. As part of that announcement, agency officials noted that 1/3 of the people released are immigrants who will be quickly deported.

There is a clear and troubling pattern where policy reforms in the criminal justice system do not extend to immigrants in the criminal justice or immigration enforcement systems. The glaring question is: why not?

Whether because of the human or monetary costs, lack of effectiveness, or the clear bias that runs rampant, there is a re-examination occurring of the War on Drugs and the mass incarceration system.

Reforms in these domains, however, are not being considered in the immigration enforcement system; in fact, the trend is going in the opposite direction.

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Asylum is not gender neutral: the crisis in Europe from a feminist perspective

Credit: CY Film Production - War Matters
Credit: CY Film Production – War Matters

source: European Women’s Lobby
published: 21 September 2015

[Brussels, 21 September 2015] Today is International Day of Peace. However, the persistence of war and conflicts globally urges us to redefine sustainable peace as the presence of human security, justice and equality, rather than the absence of war.

Europe has to face the consequences of war and conflicts in other parts of the world, and has a duty to act, not only in terms of addressing the situation of refugees and asylum seekers reaching European countries, but also to promote real peace and security for all on this planet.

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Meet the British families who have opened their homes to asylum seekers

Asylum Anonymitysource: The Guardian
published: 7 September 2015

For the past 10 years, the Boaz Trust in Manchester has tried to find accommodation for destitute asylum seekers. Until very recently, the Christian charity often struggled to find enough households willing to take these most vulnerable of strangers into their homes.

All that changed last week with the harrowing photo of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose tiny body became the symbol of the biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe for decades when it washed up on a beach in Turkey.

“We’ve never had so many inquiries,” says Boaz’s chief executive, Ros Holland. “We had someone from Gloucester call up the other day saying: ‘I know I’m not in Manchester, but I’ve got a spare room.

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How Britain helped create this refugee crisis

Blurred refugees on a boatsource: New Internationalist
published: 4 September 2015

I was one of the 2,000 passengers stuck on the Eurostar outside Calais on Tuesday night, as the refugee crisis forced its way onto Europe’s front pages.

Contrary to media reports of passengers being prepared to smash windows in anger, the people in my carriage remained quiet throughout the 5 hours we were held in the dark outside the tunnel.

Many had young families with them, and I listened as parents tried to explain to their children just why we were being prevented from getting home.

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