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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...

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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...

Arkansas: Injuries Sustained Walking to Employer’s Work Trailer Found Compensable

An Arkansas court ruled that an ironworker sustained a compensable injury when he slipped on ice while walking from the main gate of a construction site to his employer’s work trailer prior to clocking in. The employer argued that the ironworker was not “performing employment services”...

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...

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A Timely Decision On The Liability Of Property Owners For Slip-And-Fall Injuries Caused By Snow Or Ice

By Peter J. Gallagher ( @pjsgallagher ) We just got another round of snow/rain/ice/freezing rain (hereinafter referred to as a “wintry mix”) this weekend. As I was out shoveling, my thoughts turned to the potential liability of property owners when someone slips on the wintry mix piled...

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...

Review of Massachusetts Snow Removal Laws and Town Ordinances

By Rich Vetstein Shovel Early and Often! This winter has been one of the snowiest on record, and there is another major snow event on the way. Judging from the astronomical number of recent clicks on this blog, it’s clear that people want to know all about Massachusetts snow removal law...

The Ice Dam Cometh: Insurance Coverage and Solutions For Roof Damage

B y Rich Vetstein As we shovel out from the snowiest winter in history, the Greater Boston area will soon be facing a new and potentially more destructive situation — ice dams and roof collapses. This could be the worst winter ever for ice dams and roof issues due to the ridiculous amount of...

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 .

EPA Chief Of Staff To Join ICE As Top Legal Adviser

"The chief of staff to the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take over as the top legal adviser for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in June, the agency told Law360 on Friday, as ICE continues to grapple with controversial policy issues such as the resurgence of family...

Ex-ICE Atty Disbarred Following 18-Year Bribery Sentence

"A former attorney in the chief counsel's office at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has voluntarily given up his license to practice law in Illinois after being convicted and sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison for taking bribes, according to a state appellate court filing on Wednesday...

Scammers Target Foreign Students in Chicago: ICE Alert

This SEVIS I-901 Fee Fraud Alert was broadcast on May 6, 2015 by ICE: "Recently, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) became aware that scammers are targeting students in the Chicago area in an attempt to solicit funds on behalf of the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information...