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

NWIRP Files Lawsuit Targeting Corrupt ICE Official

"Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) today filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ignacio Lanuza Torres after a government attorney successfully convinced an Immigration Judge to order Mr. Lanuza deported based on a knowingly falsified government document. An employee with U.S. Immigration and Customs...

Lawsuit: ICE Attorney Forged Document

"A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney forged a document in an attempt to deport an immigrant seeking to stay in the country with his wife and children, according to a new lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in a Seattle U.S. District Court, seeks $500,000 in damages for Ignacio Lanuza...

Foursome in Sweetheart Deal: ICE, CCA, Eloy, Dilley

"The largest immigrant detention facility in the country is under construction in the brush country of South Texas, about 85 miles from Mexico. What's unusual is how the government bypassed the normal bidding process, using a small town in Arizona, 931 miles away, as the contractor." -...

American Citizen Sues DHS After Being Locked Up in Immigration Jail for 3.5 Years

"A New York man is suing the Department of Homeland Security for detaining and seeking his deportation for three and a half years as immigration officers ignored his claims of U.S. citizenship. Davino Watson derived citizenship from his father in 2002. In 2008, DHS took him into custody on a...

Lawsuit Charges Sex Discrimination, Age Discrimination in ICE Legal Department: Vroom v. Johnson

"Plaintiff is a 59-year-old woman. She has been an attorney in the United States Government for 30 years, the last 26 of which have been with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its predecessor agency, the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS). Plaintiff has had a stellar...

ICE Detainers Decline 39 Percent Since FY 2012 - TRAC

"There has been a dramatic drop in the number of detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to the latest available data from the agency. In the eighteen month period from the end of FY 2012 through March 2014, there has been a 39 percent decrease in the number of ICE...

SEVP Deploys More Field Reps to Schools

"The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) deployed 14 additional field representatives to territories across the country this week. The field representatives serve as liaisons between the nearly 9,000 U.S. schools that enroll international students and SEVP. The program, housed within U.S...

ICE to Close Artesia, Will Move Refugees to Texas Jails; Protesters Rally at UT

"The Obama administration confirmed Tuesday it is closing a controversial family detention center it had quickly set up in a remote New Mexico community this summer following a surge of Central American children and parents crossing the southwest border. By the end of next month, any detainees remaining...

ICE Locking Up Hundreds of US Citizens in Recent Years; Chicago Case Suggests ICE Obstruction of Justice

"Data recently released by the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) responsive to my FOIA request shows ICE today still is holding US citizens from days to years prior to their cases being terminated or closed. Preliminary analysis of a small sample of EOIR data for hearings from January...

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

Executive Action Coverage | On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions that will help secure the border, prioritize deporting felons over families, and allow certain undocumented immigrants to temporarily remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation if they pass...

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others...

Maybe DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson missed this episode of Sesame Street. His November 20, 2014 memo to ICE, CBP and USCIS specifies three tiered priorities for the "Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." At the top, Priority 1 (threats to national security, border security...

DACA, DAPA Reviews Lead to ICE Releases

"More than 200 people have been released from immigration custody in Arizona in the last month following the Department of Homeland Security’s new enforcement priorities, ICE officials said. On Nov. 20, President Obama announced that parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents...

In Latest OCAHO Boondoggle, ICE Extracts $5,400 I-9 Fine from Dentist - USA v. Robert Schaus, D.D.S.

No unauthorized aliens were found in this ICE I-9 audit. The dental office is a sole proprietorship with no previous immigration violations. ICE wanted $10,030 in fines. OCAHO cut it back to $5,400. How many tax dollars were spent on this boondoggle, including ICE investigator salaries and OCAHO salaries...

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

DHS Weighing Program to Streamline Employment-Based Immigration Requests | On January 15, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security announced the potential launch of a pilot program later this year to streamline adjudications of employment-based immigration requests by known U.S. employers. According...

Does L.A. Dodgers Baseball Star Jose Peralta Need A Work Visa to Sign Autographs?

"The immigration nightmare that Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Joel Peralta recently endured is a strong example of why major league ballplayers always should carry their own baseball cards for identification. Peralta and his wife were stopped at the Miami International Airport for six hours...

DHS OIG on ICE Alternatives to Detention

"According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program is effective because, using its performance metrics, few program participants abscond. However, ICE has changed how it uses the program and no longer supervises some participants throughout...

ICE No Longer Honoring Nov. 2014 Prosecutorial Discretion Memo

Matthew Kolken writes: " Immigration lawyer Bryan Johnson has shared that a Deportation Officer at the Varick Street Detention Center in New York advised that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is no longer honoring the November 20, 2014 prosecutorial discretion memorandum due to Judge Hanen's...