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"Straight Up Dishonesty" - Judge Orders ICE to Depopulate Adelanto
Posted on 16 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Read Judge Hatter's Oct. 15, 2020 Order here , especially pages 2-3: "The Court has been concerned for some time with the lack of candor exhibited by the Government and its counsel in this case. Counsel for Petitioners-Plaintiffs have, also,... Read More

ICE Hold Lawsuit Settles for $14 Million
Posted on 14 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Southern California, Oct. 13, 2020 "The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by immigrants who were unlawfully detained by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department — sometimes... Read More

Is ICE Torturing Detainees?
Posted on 13 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here's the headline: "ICE is Using Torture Against Cameroonian Immigrants to Coerce Deportation, According to New Complaint Filed by Immigrant Rights Groups" Links here , here , here and here . Keep up to date @RAICESTEXAS Read More

Tags: cameroon , ICE , Texas

ICE to Launch Expedited Removal Push
Posted on 7 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Shaun Courtney, Bloomberg Government, Oct. 6, 2020 "Undocumented immigrants anywhere in the U.S. can be deported as quickly as a day, once Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials complete mandatory training online, the agency says. “This... Read More

ICE Detention Facilities: Failing to Meet Basic Standards of Care
Posted on 22 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Committee on Homeland Security MAJORITY STAFF REPORT September 21, 2020 "OVERSIGHT FAILURES: DHS Oversight of ICE Detention Facilities Fails to Effectively Identify and Correct Deficient Conditions 1. Oversight... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

Lawsuit: ICE Brutally Assaulted Prisoner at JFK Airport
Posted on 21 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CAIR, Sept. 20, 2020 "The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) and the New Haven Legal Assistance Immigrant Rights Clinic today announced the filing a lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York against the United... Read More

Tags: Bakhodir , lawsuit , CAIR , ICE

"We Are Like Slaves, And The Master is ICE"
Posted on 9 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Joe Penney, NYRDaily, Sept. 8, 2020 "Over the last couple of years, Louisiana has become a national hub of immigrant detention , with eleven facilities that hold more than 15 percent of the total population in ICE custody. Normally, an average... Read More

ICE Deliberately Limited COVID-19 Testing at Bakersfield Immigration Jail
Posted on 7 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 6, 2020 "Last month, as the coronavirus spread through federal immigration detention centers around the country, officials at the Mesa Verde facility in Bakersfield rejected a suggestion to test all detainees... Read More

Tags: geo , COVID-19 , ICE

How ICE Exported the Coronavirus
Posted on 10 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

By EMILY KASSIE and BARBARA MARCOLINI, The Marshall Project, July 10, 2020 "An investigation reveals how Immigration and Customs Enforcement became a domestic and global spreader of COVID-19." Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , ICE

Experts: ICE International Student Rule Sparks Fear, Confusion
Posted on 9 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, July 9, 2020 " Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued in federal court Wednesday to try to block a new Trump administration policy that would prohibit international students in... Read More

Harvard, MIT Push Back Against ICE
Posted on 8 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Dan Levin, NYT, July 8, 2020 "A directive by the Trump administration that would strip international college students of their U.S. visas if their coursework was entirely online prompted widespread confusion... Read More

American Council on Education: ICE Student Rule "Horrifying"
Posted on 7 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ted Mitchell, ACE, July 6, 2020 "On its face, the guidance released today by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is horrifying. While we would welcome more clarity about international students studying in the United States, this guidance... Read More

Tags: f-1 , sevis , sevp , ICE

Immigration Enforcement Spending and Practices Attract Scrutiny
Posted on 29 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter, MPI, June 25, 2020 "...[T]he muscular nature and shielding from accountability that Americans have come to accept as problematic—and increasingly unacceptable—with respect to local law enforcement... Read More

Judge Orders ICE To Free Detained Immigrant Children Because Of COVID-19
Posted on 29 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Vanessa Romo, NPR, June 26, 2020 "Citing the unrelenting spread of the coronavirus, a federal judge has ordered that all children currently held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody for more than 20 days must be released by July... Read More

Cuban Doctor With COVID-19 Detained by ICE in Arizona
Posted on 16 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel Gonzalez, Arizona Republic, June 16, 2020 "Merlys Rodriguez Hernandez, a Cuban doctor seeking asylum at the U.S. currently being detained at the Eloy Center, complained for weeks that she was terrified of being infected by the coronavirus... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , ICE
  • Blog Post: Immigration detention: fastest growing incarceration system in the U.S.

    "The arrest, detention and deportation of illegal immigrants is higher than at any time in U.S. history with more than 2.3 million individuals deported in the last five years. The government's immigration enforcement efforts -- detention -- is now the fastest growing incarceration system...
  • Blog Post: Immigration officer forwards racially charged email to Muslim-American lawyer

    "Shahid Haque-Hausrath sat down at his computer on the morning of Sept. 28 and, as he does at the start of most work days, began reading his email. In his inbox that morning was an email from the state's top U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement official...
  • Blog Post: Lawsuit filed against ICE agents in Nashville

    "Four Nashville residents are suing U.S. immigration agents, claiming the officers illegally entered their apartment while looking for a suspect in the building. An attorney representing the four says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, acting on an old address for a target of...
  • Blog Post: After immigration raid, Sacramento nursery rebounds - but questions U.S. policy

    "An ICE investigation last spring uncovered 61 undocumented workers from Mexico and Central America at Matsuda's – 60 percent of its full-time staff, including the company's longtime foreman. In the middle of Easter rush – the busiest season of the year – managers Ryan...
  • Blog Post: ICE paints bleak picture of detention system

    "More than 1,000 pages of internal reports from ICE's Office of Detention Oversight, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, paint an often bleak picture of the inside of the nation's immigration detention system, with detainees in some facilities lacking access to quality...
  • Blog Post: Morton Announces Record Increase in Worksite Enforcement Activity

    "Yesterday before testifying before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, John Morton—Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)— announced record numbers of worksite enforcement investigations, criminal prosecutions...
  • Blog Post: ICE Officer In Montana Relieved Of Duties

    "A top Immigrations and Customs Enforcement official who sent an Islamophobic email to a Helena immigration attorney has been relieved of his supervisory duties, according to lawyers involved in the case. Earlier this month, Bruce Norum, the supervisory detention and deportation officer...
  • Blog Post: D.C. Tells ICE To Pound Sand

    "D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray reaffirmed Wednesday that District police and other public agencies will not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, leaving it up to federal immigration officials to determine on their own whether a resident is in the country illegally." Washington...

    October 25, 2011, New York : "Last night, Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to publicly disclose by November 1 a previously withheld internal memorandum that advocates believe will shed light on the agency’s legal justification for...
  • Blog Post: Counties Defy Feds, Vow Not to Detain Immigrants on ICE’s Behalf

    "Cooperating with the federal government’s immigration enforcement agenda may be mandatory for local law enforcement, but localities are finding ways around the federal government’s programs. Last week northern California’s Santa Clara County became the latest locality to pass...
  • Blog Post: Huddled Masses, Turned Away

    "Our restrictive immigration laws are bad enough — separating families, sending refugees like Haitians back to devastated countries, denying jobs to foreign students — but how they are administered is even worse. Some immigrants languish in privately operated detention facilities...
  • Blog Post: Plea deal for unlawful hires includes $500K in back wages, restitution, overtime, forfeiture

    "The president of a Sierra Vista, Ariz., drywall and stucco company pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges resulting from a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that revealed he hired unauthorized alien workers. As...
  • Blog Post: Why It’s Crucial to Keep Immigrant Families Together

    "Child welfare departments are supposed to do everything possible to help children stay in their own families, because we know from study after study that they’re better off there than in foster care. Children are to be permanently removed only if there is a very serious problem in the...
  • Blog Post: Shattered Families

    " Shattered Families , a report by the Applied Research Center (ARC), is the first national investigation on threats to families when immigration enforcement and the child welfare system intersect. It explores the extent to which children in foster care are prevented from uniting with their detained...
  • Blog Post: Holding Penalty

    "Under the Fair and Equal County for Immigrants ordinance, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart can decline to enforce an immigration-hold request, also known as a “detainer,” unless the federal government agrees in writing to reimburse the county for the cost of detention. The ordinance...
  • Blog Post: Thousands of families split by immigration enforcement

    "The US drive to expel [unauthorized] immigrants has separated more than 5,000 children from their parents, and another 15,000 face a similar fate in the coming years, a study said Wednesday. The report by the activist Applied Research Center (ARC) found at least 5,100 children currently...
  • Blog Post: I-9 bust at Mich. dairy farm leads to probation for owners, almost $3M in fines

    "The owners of Aquila Farms, LLC, were sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay fines totaling $234,000 for hiring [unauthorized] aliens and aiding and abetting each other to do so. The convictions were the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and...
  • Blog Post: My Experience in Immigration Detention

    "Omar Hassan came to the United States from Somalia in 1996 to apply for political asylum. After an immigration judge denied his application, his case was on appeal for 14 years. During that time, he worked 12-hour days as an electronic technician in Austin, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona. In October...
  • Blog Post: The 'E' stands for 'enforcement'

    "[T]he IMAGE program has some benefits, but carries burdens that must be evaluated before making a decision to become 'a work force compliance partner' with ICE. Alternatively, employers may develop a matrix of policies that mirror the compliance benefits of IMAGE, and forego the ...
  • Blog Post: Another U.S. citizen arrested, jailed, almost deported by ICE

    "Emilio René Pincheira Dennett was still asleep at about 6 a.m. one morning in September when agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, armed with guns and rifles, knocked on the door of the Santa Fe house he shares with his parents. Even though the 33-year-old Pincheira is...
  • Blog Post: Are there rogue ICE agents in Santa Fe?

    Does it really take 13 days for ICE to figure out a simple citizenship claim? Judge for yourselves. Read the Morton Memo , the lawyer's blog , the blogger's blog , and the news article . We link; you decide!
  • Blog Post: DREAM activists get in ICE's face

    "Two immigrants who were detained for more than two weeks after they walked into a Border Patrol office in Alabama and declared they were undocumented have been released. Isaac Barrera, 20, and Jonathan Perez, 24, were released Wednesday and are scheduled to appear before an Immigration Court...
  • Blog Post: Immigrants cautious as possible reprieves loom

    "Immigrant groups want the government to more consistently stay the cases of people who have not committed a crime. But federal officials warned that they cannot rush the decision of whether to grant a stay or deport someone. Each case is decided on its merits, and immigrants must be scrutinized...
  • Blog Post: NYC to ICE: You talkin' to me?

    "Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a new bill into law Tuesday that limits the city’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities on Rikers Island. The law will prevent the Department of Corrections from turning over immigrants with no criminal convictions upon their release, who are...
  • Blog Post: U.S. citizenship no defense against deportation threat

    "A Minneapolis man was arrested and illegally detained for 43 days by federal immigration agents who sought to have him deported even though he is a U.S. citizen, according to a lawsuit filed recently in federal court in Minneapolis. Federal agents arrested Anthony A. Clarke during a late...