Immigration Law

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ICE Continues to Detain and Deport American Citizens
Posted on 28 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Eyder Peralta, NPR, Dec. 22, 2016 - "It's illegal for U.S. immigration authorities to hold Americans in detention. However, an NPR analysis of data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request shows that hundreds of American citizens... Read More

ICE to Roll Out New Alternative to Detention Initiative
Posted on 11 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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)... Read More

Report: ICE Deports People Without Valid Travel Documents
Posted on 2 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Migrant Teen Mother Who Cut Her Wrist Being Deported to Honduras
Posted on 9 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A teenage mother found bleeding from her wrist in the bathroom of a Texas family detention center last week is in the process of being deported. Lilian Oliva Bardales, 19, who had been held with her 4-year-old son since October, was quietly taken... Read More

Caution Light for Private Immigration Jails: DHS Advisory Council Report
Posted on 2 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY COUNCIL, Report of the Subcommittee on Privatized Immigration Detention Facilities, December 1, 2016 Elise Foley, Roque Planas, Dec. 1, 2016 - "Private prison companies received a blessing on Thursday from a Department... Read More

More Than 16,000 International Students Affected by Dept. of Education Action
Posted on 17 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Dec. 14, 2016 - "On Dec. 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This decision affects more than 16,000... Read More

DHS OIG To Periodically Inspect CBP and ICE Detention Facilities...Unannounced
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced a program of ongoing unannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE... Read More

Tags: inspections , detention , cbp , oig , DHS , ICE

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Dallas County, Sheriff Lupe Valdez over Immigration Holds, Bonds
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

ICE Detainers Unlawful: Jimenez Moreno v. Napolitano
Posted on 3 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, Oct. 3, 2016 - " Court to Rescind Class Members’ Detainers, Nullifying Centerpiece of ICE’s Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) - The federal district court of the Northern District of Illinois has invalidated the federal government’s... Read More

ICE Locks Up U.S. Citizen for Seven Months; She Sues
Posted on 23 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigration officials imprisoned a U.S. citizen for seven months and when she sued for the abuse tried to revoke her citizenship in retaliation, the woman claims in court. Sharon Arlanza Yost sued the United States in Federal Court . ... Yost seeks... Read More

ICE Announces 'Enhanced' Custody Procedures
Posted on 19 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Groups Allege Coercion and Intimidation of Detained Mothers and Children in Texas Immigration Lockup
Posted on 1 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Tags: clinic , raices , aila , ICE , dilley

Lawsuit Charges Sex Discrimination, Age Discrimination in ICE Legal Department: Vroom v. Johnson
Posted on 12 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Why Are I-9 Lessons So Hard to Learn? - The Abercrombie & Fitch Files
Posted on 26 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

You'd think a million-dollar fine would have hammered home the lesson. Nearly five years ago, that's what retailer Abercrombie & Fitch paid ICE to settle an I-9 audit beef. Seems the company's hand-crafted, artisanal electronic I-9 system... Read More

Seattle Limits ICE Detainers
Posted on 3 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Moments ago, the King County Council passed an ordinance ( 2013-0285 ) that would establish clear guidelines for local law enforcement's involvement in federal immigration enforcement and make our communities safer. The ordinance, co-sponsored... Read More