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The Immigration Detention Transparency and Human Rights Project - August 2015 Report

NIJC Freedom of Information Act Litigation Reveals Systemic Lack of Accountability in Immigration Detention Contracting " Executive Summary : The National Immigrant Justice Center’s (NIJC’s) three-year Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation has resulted in the most comprehensive...

Groups Slam ICE Selection of GEO Group for Detention Management Contract

AILA Doc. No. 15091830, Sept. 18, 2015 - "Today, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro...

Groups Allege Coercion and Intimidation of Detained Mothers and Children in Texas Immigration Lockup

AIC, Sept. 30, 2015 - "Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, submitted...

FTCA Lawsuit by American Citizen Against ICE Moves Forward - Watson v. USA

"Plaintiff has a basis for contending that, for lack of an attorney, and because of the negligent failure of the United States to protect him when he rightly claimed United States citizenship, he, a young citizen, son of a citizen, was unjustly incarcerated for years. He has made out a prima facie...

Report: ICE Deports People Without Valid Travel Documents

FFF, Sept. 30, 2015 - "Families for Freedom (FFF) today published a report revealing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practice of deporting people without valid travel documents violating international customary law. The report “ Smuggled into Exile: Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s...

Lives in Peril: How Ineffective Inspections Make ICE Complicit in Immigration Detention Abuse

NIJC and DWN, Oct. 21, 2015 - "A new report, “ Lives in Peril: How Ineffective Inspections Make ICE Complicit in Immigration Detention Abuse ” released today by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Detention Watch Network (DWN), exposes how the U.S. Immigration and Customs...

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Dallas County, Sheriff Lupe Valdez over Immigration Holds, Bonds

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Oct. 27, 2015 - "A federal civil rights suit was filed yesterday by 16 plaintiffs against Dallas County and Sheriff Lupe Valdez over bonds and the use of immigration holds requested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The suit raises Fourth...

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...

Piecing Together the US Immigrant Detention Puzzle One Night at a Time: An Analysis of All Persons in DHS-ICE Custody on September 22, 2012

Donald Kerwin, Nov. 5, 2015 - "This paper analyzes a dataset of every person in the custody of the US Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE or ICE) on September 22, 2012, and compares this data with an earlier analysis of a similar dataset on detainees in DHS...

Advance COPY of ICE Notice Providing Relief to Certain Nepali F-1 Students

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/09/2015 - Employment Authorization for Nepali F-1 Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship as a Direct Result of the April 25, 2015 Earthquake in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal "This notice announces that...

DHS Notice: EADs for Certain Nepali Students

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 216 / Monday, November 9, 2015 - "This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has suspended certain regulatory requirements for F–1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal ...

Advance Copy of ICE Notice: Meeting on Baby Jails ("Family Residential Centers") in DC on Dec. 14, 2015

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/19/2015 - "The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) will hold its inaugural meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss specific challenges within ICE family residential...

ICE Notice of Public Meeting on Baby Jails ("Family Residential Centers") in DC on Dec. 14, 2015

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 223 / Thursday, November 19, 2015 - "The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) will hold its inaugural meeting in Washington, DC to discuss specific challenges within ICE family residential centers...

Official Notes from Nov. 10, 2015 ICE / USCIS / AILA Meeting, Verification & Documentation Liaison

USCIS, Nov. 10, 2015 - "On November 10, 2015, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Document Liaison Committee met with USCIS’s Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations to respond to questions, provide updates and address follow up items...

SEVP Releases Quarterly International Student Data

ICE, Dec. 17, 2015 - "There are 1.2 million international students using an F (academic) or M (vocational) visa to study in the United States according to the latest "SEVIS by the Numbers," a quarterly report on international student trends prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor...

SEVP Releases Stakeholder Issues Response Report

ICE, Dec. 2015 - A message from Louis M. Farrell, Director of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program - "I am pleased to provide you with this first report that responds to the excellent feedback many of you gave directly to my colleague, Katie Westerlund, and me during the Open Meeting, a Discussion...

Private Immigration Prison Owners Ask Courts for Secrecy: Detention Watch Network v. ICE

CCR, Dec. 23, 2015 - "In a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case related to the federal immigration detention bed quota, advocates today pointed to the government’s inclusion of several affidavits from private prison corporations who are not parties to the case as evidence of undue corporate...

How to Protect Yourself in Case of an ICE Raid in Your Home

Ava Benach, Dec. 28, 2015 - "Happy New Year! Have an ICE raid! By now, everyone has heard that the Obama administration plans to celebrate the new year by rounding up families and removing them to Central Americ a. The administration hopes that the images of Central American families coming off...

ICE Roundups of Refugee Moms, Kids Begin; Agents Ignore Warrant Requests

Nigel Duara and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, L.A. Times, Jan. 3, 2016 - "The detentions of at least 11 families across the country marked the first day of an effort by the government to find and deport Central American migrants who sought refuge in the U.S. and stayed illegally, immigrant advocates said...

FOIA Lawsuit Filed Seeking Hutto Bond Data: Gilman v. ICE

Jazmine Ulloa, Austin American-Statesman, Dec. 30, 2015 - "As a national debate has simmered this year over the detention of immigrant families, a University of Texas law professor is seeking access to public records that she says could prove officials are setting higher bonds for women at the T...

Treasury Sets Rate on ICE Cash Bonds

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2016 - "For the period beginning January 1, 2016, and ending on March 31, 2016, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Immigration Bond interest rate is 0.14 per centum per annum."

Prelim. Injunction Issued in Detention Lawsuit Against ICE: Doan v. Bergeron

Doan v. Bergeron, Dec. 31, 2015 - "Kim Anh Thi Doan’s First Amended Complaint [#77] asserts that she is being unlawfully detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) custody. First Am. Compl., Count I. Presently before the court is her Motion for Preliminary Injunction...

ICE Deports Former Salvadoran Defense Minister José Guillermo García-Merino

ICE, Jan. 8, 2016 - "A former Minister of Defense (1979-1983) of El Salvador was removed from the United States Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers for his role in the commission of human rights violations during the Civil...

ICE to Roll Out New Alternative to Detention Initiative

ICE, Jan. 8, 2016 - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) will commence the Family Case Management Program (FCMP) on January, 21, 2016. The FCMP is a new alternative to detention (ATD) initiative that uses qualified case managers to promote...

News Excerpts From the Jan. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Funding Bill Imposes Restrictions on VWP, Increases H and L Fees, Makes H-2B Changes The omnibus funding bill enacted in December contained provisions restricting participation in the Visa Waiver Program by applicants who are nationals of or who have recently visited certain countries in Africa and...