ICE paints bleak picture of detention system

"More than 1,000 pages of internal reports from ICE's Office of Detention Oversight, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, paint an often bleak picture of the inside of the nation's immigration detention system, with detainees in some facilities lacking access to quality...

DISTRICT COURT ORDERS RELEASE OF KEY ICE MEMORANDUM

October 25, 2011, New York : "Last night, Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to publicly disclose by November 1 a previously withheld internal memorandum that advocates believe will shed light on the agency’s legal justification for...

FOIA Victory; Secure Communities; NDLON et al. v. ICE et al.

"Defendants are ordered to release the final version of the October 2 Memorandum, redacting only the final paragraph of page 3 and its accompanying footnote, which are covered by the deliberative process privilege. Defendants are also ordered to release all earlier drafts of the October 2 Memorandum...

Court: ICE must release 'S-Comm' memo

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must turn over an internal memo that could reveal the agency's legal justification for mandating the so-called Secure Communities deportation program, a federal judge ruled. ... To "adopt a legal position while shielding from public view the...

ICE Continues to Stonewall on Immigration Enforcement Data

TRAC, Jan. 10, 2012 : "On January 4 the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) appealed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) concerning its response to TRAC's previous request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for case-by-case information covering all individuals...

Press Release in National Immigration Project/NLG v. DHS - Re: New ICE "Policy"

Washington Square Legal Services, Inc. 245 Sullivan Street, 5th Floor New York, New York 10012 Tel: 212-998-6430 Fax: 212-995-4031 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2012 Contact: Nancy Morawetz, 212-998-6451 nancy.morawetz@nyu.edu Jessica Chicco, 616-552-9261 jessica.chicco...

ICE Takes A Year To Say It Can't Find Data: Withholds information on deportation orders sought in Immigration Court

"Syracuse, N.Y. — On April 20 the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) appealed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) concerning its response to TRAC's April 25, 2011 request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for anonymous alien-by-alien data covering...

New FOIA Lawsuit: AIC v. DHS & ICE (access to counsel)

"ICE’s policies and guidance on access to counsel are difficult to ascertain. As a result, they are a source of great confusion for immigration lawyers, their clients, and the general public. To clarify these policies, the American Immigration Council submitted a Freedom of Information Act...

NIJC Exposes ICE Detention Deficiencies, Files FOIA Lawsuit

"New documents obtained from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reveal that the agency may have adjusted the results of county jail inspections to skirt a Congressional mandate that prohibits the agency from contracting with deficient facilities to hold immigration detainees." ...

2011 ICE Directive on Detention Facility Tours

"The purpose of this directive is to provide Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office Directors, or their supervisory designees, and field offices with policy, procedures, and forms to facilitate detention facility tours, visitation, or tours with visitation (tour/visit) for non-governmental...

TRAC Challenges ICE Claim That Data Are Off-Limits to the Public

Agency Withholding Violates the FOIA Syracuse, NY, October 23 — "The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has filed a suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) challenging a ruling by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that its master repository of investigations...

My Great FOIA Adventure and Discoveries of Deferred Action Cases at ICE

"This Article describes my adventures in FOIA litigation and analyzes deferred action data collected informally by 24 ICE field offices between October 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. This Article also offers recommendations for the agency on data collection, recordkeeping, and transparency in deferred...

ICE’s FOIA Requests Piling Up

"At Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) there has been a rapid rise in the backlog of FOIA requests received that have been waiting unanswered for long periods of time. According to its annual FOIA report, ICE had only 50 pending requests at the end of FY 2011. However, this number had jumped...

ICE’s FOIA Office Backlog Shows Ballooning Wait Times

"The median time FOIA requests have been waiting unanswered in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s backlog has climbed 64 percent in just the last sixty days. During this period according to ICE records, receipts of new FOIA requests and monthly closure numbers have not noticeably...

FOIA Victory in D.C. - American Immigration Council v. ICE

"Plaintiff American Immigration Council brought this action under the Freedom of Information Act seeking records on immigrants' access to legal counsel during their interactions with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities. Defendant ICE (a component of the Department of Homeland...

Poor ICE FOIA Management Hinders Public Access to Immigration Records

"Poor management of FOIA requests at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is evidenced by older requests being forgotten while the agency focuses on the newer ones, according to the latest ICE records compiled and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse...

ICE Agrees to Release Thousands of Previously-Withheld Records

"Yesterday, a U.S. District Court in Connecticut approved a settlement in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit challenging the refusal of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release tens of thousands of documents about the Criminal Alien Program (CAP), one of the agency’s largest...

DHS and Private Prisons Refuse to Release Records on Dollar Per Day Wages Paid to ICE Prisoners; FOIA Lawsuit Filed

"The last year I've been conducting research on the legality of ICE contracts authorizing private prisons to meet performance goals by paying one dollar per day to the people they're locking up. ICE is not forthcoming about the program and it has not responded to my FOIA requests submitted...

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