Immigration Law

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“Even if You Win, You Stay Locked Up”: How ICE Uses Appeals to Keep Immigrants in Detention
Posted on 4 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Isabela Dias, Mother Jones, Oct. 1, 2021 " Sara Mendez-Morales had lost almost all hope. It was a cold stretch in early February, and she had spent nearly six months in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Butler County... Read More

Tags: ICE

ICE Records Received Through FOIA Confirm Need for Increased Oversight of Agency’s Arbitrary and Unfair Parole Decisions for Asylum Seekers
Posted on 23 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Human Rights First, Sept. 23, 2021 "Records received by Human Rights First from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that the agency systematically and arbitrarily failed to release... Read More

Tags: parole , ICE , asylum

Feds Pay $125K to American Citizen Illegally Imprisoned by ICE
Posted on 21 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, Sept. 21, 2021 "U.S. Government Agrees to $125,000 Settlement for U.S. Citizen’s 7-Day Detention at the Northwest Detention Center FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 21, 2021 Media contact: Matt Adams, NWIRP (206) 501-6249; matt... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

Report: ICE Kicks Mentally Ill Prisoners to Street With No Notice to Counsel, Families
Posted on 17 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Erica Bryant, VERA, Sept. 2021 "[A]ttorneys report this pattern: people who have been declared mentally incompetent due to cognitive disabilities or mental illnesses are ejected from immigration detention facilities without any notice to their... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

ICE Now Monitors About 118,000 Immigrants Through Its Alternatives to Detention Program: TRAC
Posted on 2 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Sept. 2, 2021 "Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is monitoring record numbers of immigrants through its "Alternatives to Detention" programs that rely on GPS monitors, smartphone technology, and telephonic reporting to monitor... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

Judge Hauls Officials Into Court After ICE Refuses to Comply With Court Order
Posted on 5 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Aug. 5, 2021 " In an unusual move, U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., rebuked Immigration and Customs Enforcement for “thumbing its nose” at the court in a... Read More


Disorderly and Inhumane: Report
Posted on 14 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DISORDERLY AND INHUMANE: Biden Administration Continues to Expel Asylum Seekers to Danger While U.S. Border Communities Stand Ready to Welcome Hope Border Institute & Human Rights First | 2021 "This report highlights the devastating impact... Read More

Tags: Title 42 , ICE , border

ICE Uses DL Info for Immigration Enforcement
Posted on 14 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kimberly Cataudella, Alexia Fernández Campbell, Center for Public Integrity, July 13, 2021 "Sixteen states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses or similar IDs known as driving... Read More

Behind Closed Doors: Abuse & Retaliation Against Hunger Strikers in U.S. Immigration Detention
Posted on 23 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, PHR, June 23, 2021 " Behind Closed Doors: Abuse & Retaliation Against Hunger Strikers in U.S. Immigration Detention , a new research report from ACLU and PHR (Physicians for Human Rights), provides an in-depth, nationwide examination... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

Posted on 18 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

José Olivares, John Washington, The Intercept, June 17 2021 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement monitored immigrant advocacy organizations engaged in First Amendment-protected activity around a highly contentious immigration detention... Read More

Tags: ICE

American Citizen Sues ICE for Unlawful Detention
Posted on 11 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, June 11, 2021 "Today, Carlos Rios, a citizen of the United States since 2000, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seeking compensation for... Read More

Tags: citizen , detention , ICE

A Doctor Detained by ICE
Posted on 10 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Merlys Rodriguez-Hernandez, M.D., Tara C. Pilato, B.A., Kayleigh A. Yerdon, B.S., Ian M. Kysel, J.D., L.L.M., Faten Taki, Ph.D., Stephen Yale-Loehr, J.D., Gunisha Kaur, M.D., illustrated by Alison E. Burke, M.A., and Natalie Koscal, M.A., May 8, 2021... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , ICE

Cruelty and Corruption: Contracting to Lock Up Immigrant Women for Profit at the Hutto Detention Center
Posted on 30 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UT Law Immigration Clinic, Grassroots Leadership, Mar. 30, 2021 "The story of the T. Don Hutto (“Hutto”) immigration detention center is a story of women deprived of their liberty and dignity in the pursuit of profits for the private... Read More

Court Blocks ICE, NARA From Destroying Records
Posted on 16 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amy Lieu, American Independent, Mar. 15, 2021 "A federal judge ruled on Friday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the National Archives and Records Administration must preserve sexual assault and death files on detained immigrants... Read More

Tags: detention , NARA , 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...