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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...

ICE Raids 'Birth Tourism' Operations in SoCal

"Federal agents searched more than three dozen locations across three counties in Southern California yesterday for evidence of "maternity tourism" operations. Maternity tourism — or birth tourism — is when a citizen of another country travels to the U.S. to give birth, so...

Scam Alert: ICE Impostors Target Immigrants

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has received information indicating a possible scam targeting non-citizens, by individuals claiming to work for ICE's Detention Reporting and Information Line (DRIL). Information provided to ICE indicates that imposters have contacted individual...

ICE Not Consistent in Application of Deportation Guidelines

"In a statement, ICE said the new deportation guidelines "remain in full force and effect" and that the federal judge's order clearly stated that the injunction didn't affect them. The agency said it has conducted a series of mandatory training for all ICE personnel as well as...

ICE 'Detains' American Man for Three Days, No Apology

"At the end of January, a 21-year-old Gunnison County man went through what might be described as an Orwellian ordeal that seems to have been a result of racial profiling. Bernardo Medina was picked up and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on January 27 following...

ICE Announces 'Enhanced' Custody Procedures

ICE announces enhanced oversight and release procedures for custody determinations involving detainees with criminal convictions "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced enhanced oversight and release procedures for custody determinations involving individuals with criminal convictions...

ICE on Enforcement: House Testimony, Clarification

STATEMENT OF SARAH R. SALDAÑA DIRECTOR, U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REGARDING A HEARING ON “A REVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE APPREHENSION, DETENTION, AND RELEASE OF NON-CITIZENS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT...

SEVP releases 2015 international student data, launches interactive mapping tool

" "SEVIS by the Numbers," a quarterly report on international students studying in the United States, was released Wednesday by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The report...

News Excerpts From the April 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

ICE Announces Safeguards for Releases of Noncitizens with Convictions | On March 18, 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it would implement additional safeguards prior to releasing noncitizens with criminal convictions from custody. Under the new policy, the discretionary...

ICE Memo on Prosecutorial Discretion, Apr. 6, 2014

"The purpose of this memorandum is to provide additional guidance to Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) attorneys regarding pending proceedings involving individuals who may fall outside of the revised Department of Homeland Security (DHS) enforcement priorities in light of Secretary Johnson...

ICE Deportation Flights Wasting Millions

"ICE Air operated charter flights with empty seats and could have realized cost savings up to $41.1 million upon determining optimum flight capacity." - DHS OIG, Apr. 9, 2015 .