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DHS and Private Prisons Refuse to Release Records on Dollar Per Day Wages Paid to ICE Prisoners; FOIA Lawsuit Filed

"The last year I've been conducting research on the legality of ICE contracts authorizing private prisons to meet performance goals by paying one dollar per day to the people they're locking up. ICE is not forthcoming about the program and it has not responded to my FOIA requests submitted...

CRS on ICE Detainers / Holds

"[T]his report surveys the various authorities governing immigration detainers, including the standard detainer form (Form I-247) sent by ICE to other law enforcement agencies. The report also discusses key legal issues raised by immigration detainers, including (1) whether DHS’s detainer...

Will Travis County (Austin, TX) Be Sued For Participating in ICE Immigration Holds?

"Barbara Hines, co-director of UT-Austin’s Immigration Clinic , is one of the dozens of attorneys who delivered a letter to Travis County Commissioners warning they may be sued for participating in Secure Communities. "An ICE detainer is not a warrant, an ICE detainer is not an order...

Santa Cruz County Says 'No' to ICE Holds

"Santa Cruz County will no longer honor federal immigration holds for people suspected of coming here illegally, effectively ending local involvement in a controversial program known as Secure Communities. The move follows the lead of several counties throughout the West that are reassessing jail...

Lehigh County (Pa.) Just Says 'No' to ICE Detainers

"Lehigh County will no longer cooperate with federal requests to hold suspected illegal immigrants beyond their release date. In a bipartisan move, county commissioners approved the new policy Wednesday after a federal court ruled in a Lehigh County case that detention orders from U.S. Immigration...

Advocates: Keep ICE Away from Local Courthouses

"For years, even as the number of deportations has climbed to record levels, immigration agents have generally refrained from questioning or detaining immigrants in and around locations deemed “sensitive,” including schools, houses of worship, hospitals and public demonstrations. Now...

San Diego County Sheriff Puts End To ICE Immigration Holds

"San Diego County jails no longer will take part in the practice of holding inmates past their jail release dates to allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to take custody of them, Sheriff Bill Gore announced Thursday . The decision ends the local agency's compliance...

Hennepin County, MN Says 'No' to ICE Holds

"Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday that the sheriff’s office will no longer honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests. In the past, “ICE holds” — requests to hold detainees an additional 48 hours...

I-901 Goes Mobile

"The I-901 Mobile Fee site is currently available! Users now have on-the-go access to the FMJFee site with the option to conveniently check the status of their I-901 Fee payment. Utilizing the mobile-friendly site will allow users to read and learn more about Recent News and Updates relative to...

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

Supreme Court Decides CSPA Case | On June 9, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 3991 [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The Court held that the BIA’s textually reasonable construction of the Child Status Protection...

Broward County Sheriff Modifies ICE Detainer Policy

Becky Sharpless writes: "In a new policy announced on Friday , the Broward Sheriff's Office will no longer honor ICE detainers, unless the request for detention is supported by an order of removal or an administrative arrest order. A copy of the policy is attached . Please report any implementation...

Cal. Atty. Gen. on ICE Detainers: Bulletin

"Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued an information bulletin to California law enforcement agencies that provides updated information on their responsibilities and potential liability for complying with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) federal detainer requests for undocumented...

Fearing Lawsuits, Sheriffs Balk at ICE Detainers

"“When a judge says something is in violation of the Fourth Amendment, I am not going to just keep doing it,” said Sheriff William Gore of San Diego. “If they want to take someone into federal custody, they can decide to do that, but I am not going to keep holding somebody because...

L.A. Says 'No' to ICE Detainers

"Frustrated at the lack of action on immigration reform by the federal government, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday the Los Angeles Police Department will no longer honor most federal requests to detain arrestees so they can be investigated for deportation. Citing a recent federal court ruling...

Missouri: Salesman Collects Comp for Accident After He Was Fired

A 48-year old car salesman who fell on the employer's lot after he was fired can collect comp benefits in Missouri because his injury occurred within a reasonable time after his termination. The Commission recently awarded nearly $400,000. Hartman v DJSCMS/Suntrip Kia , 2014 MO WCLR Lexis 85 (lexis...

No Bond for Babies, Part Two: First Artesia, Now Karnes

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement now is seeking no bond or high bond for immigrants detained at the 537-bed Karnes County Residential Center, including those who pass a credible-fear interview — the first hurdle to gaining asylum — even if they present no flight risk or threat...

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...

News Excerpts from the Sept. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Settles Lawsuit over Coerced Voluntary Departures In August, the Department of Homeland Security agreed to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of nine Mexican citizens alleging they were forced to “voluntarily” depart the country instead of having a hearing before an immigration judge...

ICE I-9 Audit Leads to $2M Fine Against Utah Luxury Hotel

"Salt Lake City-based Grand America Hotels and Resorts will forfeit nearly $2 million for hiring unauthorized workers, including illegal aliens, according to a non-prosecution agreement signed last week between the company, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah and U.S. Immigration and Customs...

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...