CURRENT / ONGOING: The U.S. Justice Department and Immigration Customs Enforcement are reviewing the following major recommendations in the Texas Appleseed report:
June 2010: Texas Appleseed holds four immigration judge and attorney trainings on issues related to immigrants with mental disabilities in immigration detention and court proceedings.
March 30, 2010: Texas Appleseed releases its immigration report findings.
July 24, 2009 Texas Appleseed joins with about 70 community organizations, attorneys, mental health professionals, and physicians in signing a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder advocating changes in the immigration court system to provide reasonable accommodations for people with mental disabilities.
May 2009 The national Appleseed office and Chicago Appleseed publish a comprehensive assessment of the nation's Immigration Court system—recommending reforms to address an over-reliance on video conferencing as a substitute for in-person court proceedings, inadequate access to court records, ineffective translation services, and difficulty securing adequate representation for detainees. Appleseed Centers in Texas and other states participated in this report.