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ICE Announces Changes at Immigration Jails for Refugee Moms, Kids; 'General Deterrence' No Longer a Factor on Bond

From ICE, May 13, 2015 , emphasis added: "ICE announces enhanced oversight for family residential centers WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a series of actions to enhance oversight and accountability, increase access and transparency, and ensure...

LGBT Immigrants See High Detainment Rates, Report Finds: Law360

Allissa Wickham, Law360, May 15, 2015 - " U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained gay and transgender immigrants nearly 70 percent of the time when the agency’s internal assessment tool allowed for their release, according to an analysis published Thursday by the Center...

ICE OPLA Attorney DC Job Openings

Job Title: General Attorney (Immigration Law and Practice Division) Department: Department Of Homeland Security Agency: Immigration and Customs Enforcement Job Announcement Number:OPLA-ILPD-1408074-WJ SALARY RANGE: $63,722.00 to $139,523.00 / Per Year OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, May 21, 2015...

The GIGO Effect: Meaningless Database Entry Blocks Former Obama Aide from Volunteering

"Just a few years back, Audé Negrete-Banos was judged reliable enough to run President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in Kansas and welcomed on a West Wing tour amid the inauguration festivities that followed. Her local sheriff in Johnson County, Kansas praises her recent...

Fed Rack Up Major Immigration-Related Fines, Settlements Against Employers

Washington Apple Orchard Fined $2.25M - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reached a multimillion dollar settlement Tuesday with Prescott-based Broetje Orchards, LLC, for its civil violations of the Immigration Reform and Control Act related to verifying U.S. employment eligibility...

Migrant Teen Mother Who Cut Her Wrist Being Deported to Honduras

"A teenage mother found bleeding from her wrist in the bathroom of a Texas family detention center last week is in the process of being deported. Lilian Oliva Bardales, 19, who had been held with her 4-year-old son since October, was quietly taken from the Karnes County Residential Center early...

Four New Habeas 236(c) 'When...Released' Victories!

In the space of two days, the feds (ICE) take a beating in four cases, three out of the SDNY and one out of the MDPA. Hats off to Christopher J. Cassar, Paul B. Grotas, Craig R. Shagin, Nancy Morawetz and Ruben Loyo! Enjoy... - Antoniou v. Shanahan - Minto v. Decker - Singh v. Sabol - Sutherland...

ICE Releases a Handful of Refugees from Texas Lockups

"With pressure building on the Obama administration to improve or abolish the detention of immigrant families, officials have agreed to release on bond at least half a dozen immigrant mothers, some of whom had sued the federal government for relief. The women now eligible for bond had previous...

ICE Training Materials on PEP (Priority Enforcement Program)

1. PEP Brochure, June 2015 2. SAMPLE I-247N Request for Notification 3. SAMPLE I-247D Immigration Detainer

Mysterious Deaths Sparks Hunger Strike at Arizona Immigration Jail (Eloy)

"A group of 200 immigrant detainees launched a hunger strike at Eloy Detention Center outside Phoenix Saturday morning to protest a detainee's death last month and call attention to conditions at the facility, said immigrant rights activists and detainees' families. Last month's death...

Advance Copy of ICE Final Rule: Change to Existing Regulation Concerning the Interest Rate Paid on Cash Deposited to Secure Immigration Bonds

"The Department of Homeland Security is amending its regulations addressing the payment of interest on cash bond deposits to explicitly provide that the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) will set the interest rate. Treasury will notify the public of its interest rate determinations by publishing...

ICE Final Rule: Change to Existing Regulation Concerning the Interest Rate Paid on Cash Deposited To Secure Immigration Bonds

"The Department of Homeland Security is amending its regulations addressing the payment of interest on cash bond deposits to explicitly provide that the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) will set the interest rate. Treasury will notify the public of its interest rate determinations by publishing...

ICE FAQ on Executive Action, Prosecutorial Discretion - June 17, 2015

On or about June 17, 2015 ICE posted this : "Frequently Asked Questions Relating to Executive Action on Immigration General What changes has the Secretary’s memorandum made to the ICE enforcement priorities? Since 2010, ICE’s...

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

New York Grants Law License to DACA Grantee | On June 3, 2015, an intermediate New York appellate court approved the application for admission to the bar of a Mexican citizen who was brought to the United States as a child and granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...

Why Are I-9 Lessons So Hard to Learn? - The Abercrombie & Fitch Files

You'd think a million-dollar fine would have hammered home the lesson. Nearly five years ago, that's what retailer Abercrombie & Fitch paid ICE to settle an I-9 audit beef. Seems the company's hand-crafted, artisanal electronic I-9 system dropped a stitch here and there, big time . ...

ICE Issues Guidance on Care of Transgender Individuals in Custody

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) issued further guidance to personnel on how to care for transgender individuals in custodial settings. “The Transgender Care Memorandum reaffirms ICE’s commitment to provide...

News Excerpts From The July 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

BIA Will Solicit Amicus Briefs | On June 19, 2015, the Executive Office for Immigration Review announced that the Board of Immigration Appeals has launched a one-year pilot program to solicit amicus briefs from interested parties. The Board will post invitations on a public website that describes...

CA1 on ICE Detention of American Citizens: Morales v. Chadbourne

"]W]e agree with Morales that the law was clearly established in 2009 that, under the Fourth Amendment, an ICE agent required probable cause to issue an immigration detainer. We, therefore, affirm the district court's denial of qualified immunity on Morales's Fourth Amendment claim against...

Dallas Immigration Attorney Liz Cedillo-Pereira to Join ICE

"A Dallas immigration lawyer known for vigorous defense of immigrants will become a senior advisor to the nation’s top cop on immigration enforcement. Mary Elizabeth Cedillo-Pereira, 44, will join the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which is headed by former U.S. Attorney...

Social Worker at ICE Prison for Refugee Moms, Kids Speaks Out - "What is Happening There is Tantamount to Torture"

Franco Ordoñez, McClatchyDC, July 27, 2015 - "Oliva López thought she’d be working with migrant mothers and children in a group-home setting when hired as a social worker at a Texas family detention center. But when she arrived at the concrete facility and the doors were unlocked...

ICE, Nashville Cops Settle Warrantless Immigration Raid Lawsuit: Escobar v. Gaines

"The American Civil Liberties Union announced a settlement in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of victims of a warrantless raid in Nashville, Tennessee, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Metropolitan Nashville Police Department officers. ICE and MNPD agreed to pay $310,000...

ICE Immigration Enforcement Efforts Reach Less Than 0.02% of U.S. Employers - CRS Report

"Despite the increases in recent years ... the number of Final Orders for civil money penalties remains very low relative to the number of U.S. employers. Employers receiving Final Orders in FY2014, as shown in Table 1, represent less than .02% of U.S. employers." - Immigration-Related Worksite...

ICE Bans Two Lawyers From Dilley

"Attorney Kim Hunter received a letter earlier this month from immigration authorities telling her she'd been banned from a family detention center in South Texas for being "belligerent" in demanding the release of her clients one late July night. Andrew Free learned Aug. 3 that...

Advance Copy of ICE Notice: Extension of EADs for Certain Haitian F-1 Students

"This notice informs the public of the extension of an earlier notice, which suspended certain requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is Haiti and who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This notice...

Battle Over the Constitutional Rights of Undocumented Minors

"Two years ago, attorney Sameer Ashar, a UC Irvine law professor, represented a juvenile who was referred to federal immigration authorities by the Orange County Probation Department. In immigration court, Ashar argued to have his client’s case terminated and asked the judge to exclude...