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The Trouble with Karnes County's ICE 'Hotel'

"ICE has a shiny, new building to warehouse people." - Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer, Mar. 16, 2012 .

News Excerpts From the Oct. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

ICE Issues New Guidelines on Use of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention Centers: On September 4, 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a directive establishing policy and procedures for the placement of detainees in solitary confinement. Under the new guidelines, detainees...

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...

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...

Feds Planning Massive Family Immigration Jail in South Texas

"Federal officials are planning a new for-profit family detention lockup for immigrant children and their parents in South Texas. The 2,400-bed “South Texas Family Detention Center”—as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is referring to it—is slated for a 50-acre site...

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...

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...

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

New York Grants Law License to DACA Grantee | On June 3, 2015, an intermediate New York appellate court approved the application for admission to the bar of a Mexican citizen who was brought to the United States as a child and granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...

Texas Gov. Abbott Threatens Funding Cuts to Sheriffs Who Don't Honor ICE Detainers

Brandi Grissom, Dianne Solís, Nov. 4, 2015 - "Gov. Greg Abbott told Texas sheriffs, including Dallas County’s Lupe Valdez, that if they don’t honor federal immigration detainers, he will withhold grant funding for their departments. Abbott sent all Texas sheriffs a letter Wednesday...