Hennepin County, MN Says 'No' to ICE Holds

"Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday that the sheriff’s office will no longer honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests. In the past, “ICE holds” — requests to hold detainees an additional 48 hours...

I-901 Goes Mobile

"The I-901 Mobile Fee site is currently available! Users now have on-the-go access to the FMJFee site with the option to conveniently check the status of their I-901 Fee payment. Utilizing the mobile-friendly site will allow users to read and learn more about Recent News and Updates relative to...

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Supreme Court Decides CSPA Case | On June 9, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 3991 [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The Court held that the BIA’s textually reasonable construction of the Child Status Protection...

Broward County Sheriff Modifies ICE Detainer Policy

Becky Sharpless writes: "In a new policy announced on Friday , the Broward Sheriff's Office will no longer honor ICE detainers, unless the request for detention is supported by an order of removal or an administrative arrest order. A copy of the policy is attached . Please report any implementation...

Cal. Atty. Gen. on ICE Detainers: Bulletin

"Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued an information bulletin to California law enforcement agencies that provides updated information on their responsibilities and potential liability for complying with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) federal detainer requests for undocumented...

Fearing Lawsuits, Sheriffs Balk at ICE Detainers

"“When a judge says something is in violation of the Fourth Amendment, I am not going to just keep doing it,” said Sheriff William Gore of San Diego. “If they want to take someone into federal custody, they can decide to do that, but I am not going to keep holding somebody because...

L.A. Says 'No' to ICE Detainers

"Frustrated at the lack of action on immigration reform by the federal government, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday the Los Angeles Police Department will no longer honor most federal requests to detain arrestees so they can be investigated for deportation. Citing a recent federal court ruling...

No Bond for Babies, Part Two: First Artesia, Now Karnes

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement now is seeking no bond or high bond for immigrants detained at the 537-bed Karnes County Residential Center, including those who pass a credible-fear interview — the first hurdle to gaining asylum — even if they present no flight risk or threat...

Feds Planning Massive Family Immigration Jail in South Texas

"Federal officials are planning a new for-profit family detention lockup for immigrant children and their parents in South Texas. The 2,400-bed “South Texas Family Detention Center”—as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is referring to it—is slated for a 50-acre site...

News Excerpts from the Sept. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Settles Lawsuit over Coerced Voluntary Departures In August, the Department of Homeland Security agreed to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of nine Mexican citizens alleging they were forced to “voluntarily” depart the country instead of having a hearing before an immigration judge...

ICE I-9 Audit Leads to $2M Fine Against Utah Luxury Hotel

"Salt Lake City-based Grand America Hotels and Resorts will forfeit nearly $2 million for hiring unauthorized workers, including illegal aliens, according to a non-prosecution agreement signed last week between the company, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah and U.S. Immigration and Customs...

CCA Pick for Texas Immigration Jail Draws Ire

"Five years after claims of scathing human rights abuses ended the detention of immigrant families at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, federal officials this week have unveiled plans to build another detention center in South Texas to house parents and children amid the unprecedented number...

How ICE Justifies a 'No Bond' Policy for Refugee Kids

In Artesia, NM , (and soon, Karnes City, Texas and Dilley, Texas ) ICE is arguing in Immigration Court that the refugee mothers and kids from Central America should be held without bond. They base their argument on a 2003 case decided by then-Attorney General Ashcroft during the Haitian crisis, bolstered...

Will Jeh Johnson Out-Perry Rick Perry?

Texas Governor Rick Perry sent the National Guard to the border. Now, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson wants to merge CBP and ICE efforts along the border into a 'Southern Command' military-like structure.

Two More Counties Say 'No' to ICE Holds

"Sheriff's departments in both Long Island counties said they no longer will hold in jail immigrants who are flagged for deportation unless federal officials produce warrants, curtailing participation in a controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement program known as Secure Communities...

7-Eleven Harboring Case Yields Big Gulp for ICE: $4.9M

"According to court filings and facts presented in court, the defendants, who owned, managed, and controlled fourteen 7-Eleven franchise stores during the course of the conspiracies, allegedly hired dozens of illegal aliens, equipped them with more than 20 identities stolen from United States citizens...

Federal District Court Reaffirms that ICE Detainers are Not Mandatory

"A federal judge yesterday reaffirmed that local law enforcement offices should not consider U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers mandatory. “For many years, ICE took advantage of legal ambiguity to convince law enforcement to honor immigration detainers,” said...

Groups File Complaints Detailing Sexual Abuse, Extortion, Harassment of Women at ICE Facility in Texas

"Attorneys from MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), the Immigration Rights and Civil Rights Clinics at the University of Texas Law School, and the Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, filed a complaint earlier this week with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U...

The 'When' of Immigration - Angelo A. Paparelli

"In everyday English, “when” clearly “connote[s] immediacy.” . . . ’”when’ … can be read, on the one hand, to refer to ‘action or activity occurring ‘at the time that’ or ‘as soon as’ other action has ceased or begun...

ICE, Austin Are E-Mail Pen-Pals

"When defending his aggressive implementation of the federal Secure Commun­ities program – an Immigration and Cus­toms Enforcement initiative that has led to the deportation of some 5,000 undocumented immigrants since 2009 – Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton often suggests...

GAO on Immigration Detention: Oversight of Facility Costs and Standards

"What GAO Found Within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) uses two different methods to collect and assess data on detention costs; however, these methods do not provide ICE with complete data for managing detention costs across facilities...

ICE, CCA Funnel Immigration Detention Dollars from Texas to Arizona

"When the immigration detention center in Dilley fills up next year, the city of Eloy, Arizona, population 16,600, stands to make $436,000. Eloy will benefit because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tapped the town as a pass-through to funnel $290 million to a private jail company to operate...

Crossing Alone: An Untimely Death Without Explanation

"Gloria Jerónimo Sales cried softly in an autumn rain as she gently wiped splatters of mud from her 17-year-old son's tomb. Mario Morales Jerónimo died in the custody of U.S. government officials nearly three years ago, but his mother said she has received no official word of his...

Latest Numbers from Artesia

"The mayor of a New Mexico city where federal immigration authorities are holding nearly 500 detainees says the facility will likely get more detainees and it isn't closing anytime soon. Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press more detainees are expected to arrive soon weeks after...

Strategic Use of Expedited Removal Authority - 2011 ICE Memo

Thanks to a FOIA request filed for LexisNexis by Steve Yale-Loehr , this April 5, 2011 ICE memo has been uncovered. ICE Policy # 11009.1 April 5, 2011