Williams Mullen: Infosys I-9 Audit Results Likely to Trigger ICE Audits of Computer Consulting Firms

By Mary E. Pivec, Esq. Infosys Limited’s recent $34 million settlement with the U.S. Government resolved the threat of criminal charges against the company based on allegations of visa fraud. For our commentary on the False Claims Act allegations in the Government’s complaint click here...

ICE Refuses to Release 60-Year-Old Asylum Seeker

Lumpkin, Georgia and Daly City, California, January 6, 2014 – "The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have refused to release 60-year-old Honduran asylum-seeker, Miguel Paz, from immigration custody. Mr. Paz’s attorneys are appealing the decision today."

Kern County Will Continue ICE Detainers Pending Legal Analysis

"Under the new state law known as the Trust Act which went into effect January 1, undocumented immigrants arrested for minor misdemeanor offenses are no longer subjected to being placed on a 48 hour immigration hold at the request of ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Kern County Sheriff...

DHS Webinar: ICE's Efforts to Combat Violence Against Women, Jan. 28, 2014

E-Mail: From: CISOmbudsman.PublicAffairs [mailto:CISOmbudsman.PublicAffairs@hq.dhs.gov] Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:17 PM To: CISOmbudsman.PublicAffairs Subject: DHS CCVAW Invitation for Webinar: ICE's Efforts to Combat Violence Against Women Please join the U.S. Department of Homeland...

Surprising Variability in Immigration Detainer Trends by Gender, Nationality: TRAC

"Very recent government data reveal that while the number of detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials has dropped by nearly a quarter (23 percent) since fiscal year 2012, there are striking differences in the trends when viewed by the gender and nationality of the...

ICE to Curb Roundups at Kern County Courthouses

"Immigration authorities will no longer use Bakersfield-area courthouses to round up immigrants in the country illegally, a high-ranking federal official wrote earlier this month in a letter to the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. The ACLU had complained that immigrants who...

ICE Arrests, Indicts 32 in Immigration RICO Case

"A task force of federal, state and local law enforcement Thursday began arresting 32 defendants charged with racketeering and immigration violations throughout Texas and Louisiana. ... According to court documents [ indictment 1 | indictment 2 ], two employment referral businesses operating out...

Denver Paving Company Forfeits $185K in Criminal Immigration Case

"A Denver-based paving corporation was sentenced Tuesday to pay nearly $185,000 in forfeiture of criminal proceeds for its criminal practice of hiring illegal aliens. The forfeited money will go to the Department of Transportation federal highway fund. ... Premier Paving Inc. (PPI) was charged by...

Limit Use of ICE Detainers: Barbara Hines

"Compliance with the ICE detainer system is a destructive policy for our community for many reasons. While ICE touts Secure Communities as a tool to target immigrants with serious criminal histories for deportation, the evidence starkly contradicts this claim. These detainers do not differentiate...

Targeting of ICE Detainers Varies Widely by State and by Facility: TRAC

" Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed detainers on approximately half a million individuals during fiscal years 2012 and 2013, according to the latest government records obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University under the Freedom of Information...

ICE-Granted DACA Renewal Guidance

"We wish to inform you of your opportunity to renew Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Our records indicate that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deferred action under the DACA process in your case. If you wish to renew your deferred action for another two year period,...

Settlement Reached in Class Action Lawsuit Challenging the Shackling of Immigrants in Court

"An historic settlement was reached Thursday in a class action lawsuit between immigration authorities and immigrants who are held in custody during their civil immigration proceedings in San Francisco. The settlement brings an end to the federal government’s practice of forcing detained immigrants...

DHS OIG Report: ICE's Worksite Enforcement Administrative Inspection Process

"Generally, ICE’s worksite enforcement administrative inspection process met the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. However, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate has not adequately monitored or evaluated the performance or outcomes of implementing...

Yale Law Worker & Immigration Rights Advocacy Clinic Lands One-Two Punch

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, Mark Reid walked free . The next day, ICE caved on a detainer lawsuit . What next for Michael Wishnie and his students?

ICE's High-Tech Dragnet Enables Profiling

"A single scan of his finger landed Gomez in a federal detention center, and he’s now awaiting word on whether he’ll be deported. But his encounter inside the vehicle would otherwise leave no traces -- no record of his arrest, or of why officers stopped him, and no proof, other than...

CA3: ICE Detainers Are Not Mandatory - Galarza v. Szalczyk

"Ernesto Galarza is a U.S. citizen who was arrested for a drug offense, posted bail, and instead of being released, was held in custody by Lehigh County under an immigration detainer issued by federal immigration officials. Three days after Galarza posted bail, immigration officials learned that...

Immigration Detainers are Non-Binding, Federal Appeals Court Rules

"The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [on Mar. 4, 2014] ruled that states and localities are not required to imprison people based on "detainer" requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, ICE, recognizing that states and localities may share liability...

DHS Publishes Detention Standards for Immigration Jails

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is issuing regulations setting standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and assault in DHS confinement facilities." - Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 45 / Friday, March 7, 2014 .

ICE: Detainers Not Mandatory

"While immigration detainers are an important part of ICE's effort to remove criminal aliens who are in federal, state, or local custody. they are not mandatory as a matter of law." - Daniel H. Ragsdale, ICE Acting Director, Feb. 25, 2014 .

News Excerpts From the April 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Clarifies “Reason to Believe” Standard for I-601A Provisional Waivers | On March 18, 2014, USCIS sent an e-mail to stakeholders seeking to cure confusion surrounding the regulation that prohibits the granting of provisional waivers to noncitizens who the agency has “reason...

Secure Communities and ICE Deportation: A Failed Program?

"Secure Communities, a massive government surveillance program launched in 2008 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has failed to increase the removal of its primary announced targets: noncitizens who have committed crimes other than minor violations. According to a new examination of...

ICE Deportations: Gender, Age, and Country of Citizenship (TRAC)

TRAC, Apr. 9, 2014 : "Case-by-case records on deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during FY 2012 and FY 2013 provide a more complete portrait of the demographic composition of recent deportees. These results are based upon analyses of ICE records recently obtained by the Transactional...

Deported Without Seeing A Judge: One of the Worst Parts of the Immigration System

"B arack Obama wanted to be the president who signed immigration reform into law. Instead, six years into his presidency, he finds himself under attack from some of his would-be allies in the immigrant rights community. They call him the “deporter-in-chief”—a reference, primarily...

ICE Detainer = 4th Amendment Violation: Miranda-Olivares v. Clackamas County

"A federal magistrate judge in Oregon concluded that county officials violated a woman’s Fourth Amendment rights when they kept her in custody solely on the basis of an immigration detainer. Miranda-Olivares v. Clackamas County , No. 3:12-cv-02317-ST, slip op. (D. Or. April 11, 2014) (Stewart...

Oregon Ruling Spurs Halt on Immigration Detainers

A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman's constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities, one of several recent federal court decisions to scrutinize the practice of keeping people in jail after...