CCA Pick for Texas Immigration Jail Draws Ire

"Five years after claims of scathing human rights abuses ended the detention of immigrant families at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, federal officials this week have unveiled plans to build another detention center in South Texas to house parents and children amid the unprecedented number...

How ICE Justifies a 'No Bond' Policy for Refugee Kids

In Artesia, NM , (and soon, Karnes City, Texas and Dilley, Texas ) ICE is arguing in Immigration Court that the refugee mothers and kids from Central America should be held without bond. They base their argument on a 2003 case decided by then-Attorney General Ashcroft during the Haitian crisis, bolstered...

Will Jeh Johnson Out-Perry Rick Perry?

Texas Governor Rick Perry sent the National Guard to the border. Now, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson wants to merge CBP and ICE efforts along the border into a 'Southern Command' military-like structure.

Two More Counties Say 'No' to ICE Holds

"Sheriff's departments in both Long Island counties said they no longer will hold in jail immigrants who are flagged for deportation unless federal officials produce warrants, curtailing participation in a controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement program known as Secure Communities...

7-Eleven Harboring Case Yields Big Gulp for ICE: $4.9M

"According to court filings and facts presented in court, the defendants, who owned, managed, and controlled fourteen 7-Eleven franchise stores during the course of the conspiracies, allegedly hired dozens of illegal aliens, equipped them with more than 20 identities stolen from United States citizens...

Federal District Court Reaffirms that ICE Detainers are Not Mandatory

"A federal judge yesterday reaffirmed that local law enforcement offices should not consider U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers mandatory. “For many years, ICE took advantage of legal ambiguity to convince law enforcement to honor immigration detainers,” said...

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...