Immigration Law

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Expert: Raid Targets Have Rights
Posted on 12 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aline Barros, VOA, July 11, 2019 "U.S. officials reportedly plan to start immigration raids on Sunday and are expected to target at least 2,000 undocumented people for whom deportation orders have been issued, some as a result of their failure... Read More

Tags: ICE , expert , yale-loehr

ICE Just Quietly Opened Three New Detention Centers, Flouting Congress’ Limits
Posted on 10 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Noah Lanard, Mother Jones, July 9, 2019 "When members of Congress reached a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown in February, they gave Immigration and Customs Enforcement a simple instruction: Stop detaining so many people. Instead,... Read More

ICE Focus Shifts Away from Detaining Serious Criminals - TRAC
Posted on 26 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 25, 2019 "Much in the news has been the increasing number of immigrants being held in custody. This report profiles those individuals Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained. Based on case-by-case records recently obtained... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

Federal Court Enjoins ICE Courthouse Arrests in Mass.
Posted on 21 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kate Sullivan, CNN, June 20, 2019 "A federal judge in Massachusetts on Thursday blocked federal authorities from making civil immigration arrests inside the state's courthouses. US District Judge Indira Talwani issued a preliminary injunction... Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Systemic USCIS and ICE FOIA Delays
Posted on 20 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, June 19, 2019 "Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), individuals must receive a determination on requests for information within a maximum of 30 days. However, individuals and attorneys who file FOIAs with the United States Citizenship... Read More

Tags: FOIA , USCIS , ICE

ICE Failed to Follow Policies on Noncitizen Veterans: GAO Report
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maria Ines Zamudio, WBEZ, June 7, 2019 "Hundreds of noncitizen veterans were placed in removal proceedings during the past six years despite policies to consider their service in deportation cases and to provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants... Read More

DHS OIG Finds 'Egregious Violations' of Immigration Detention Standards
Posted on 6 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, June 3, 2019 "Overall, our inspections of four detention facilities revealed violations of ICE’s 2011 Performance-Based National Detention Standards, which set requirements for facilities housing detainees. This report summarizes... Read More

Tags: detention , dhs oig , ICE

Statement of ABA President Bob Carlson, Re: Improper Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, May 31, 2019 "The American Bar Association is deeply disturbed by reports that hundreds of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States are being held by the U.S. Border Patrol in violation of the law and federal policies. ... Read More

DHS Whistleblower Goes Public About ICE Abuse of Solitary Confinement
Posted on 22 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Two important, related stories: 1. Maryam Saleh, Spencer Woodman, The Intercept, May 20, 2019 2. Hannah Rappleye, Andrew W. Lehren, Spencer Woodman and Vanessa Swales, NBC News, May 20, 2019 Read More

Prosecutors, Public Defenders, Community Groups Sue ICE over Courthouse Arrests in Mass.
Posted on 29 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Goodwin Procter, Apr. 29, 2019 "Today, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), and the Chelsea Collaborative filed a groundbreaking lawsuit... Read More

TRAC: Feds 'Flying Blind' on Asylum...And Blinding the Watchers
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 23, 2019 "... It appears that the government itself does not actually know what happens to those it arrests at the border. It admits it lacks the ability to reliably follow cases when they pass from one agency of DHS to another - such... Read More

ICE Now Aided by ‘Enhanced’ Spy Powers
Posted on 15 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Betsy Woodruff, Daily Beast, Apr. 15, 2019 "Under President Donald Trump, ICE—the law enforcement agency that arrests and deports undocumented immigrants—has quietly grown closer to at least one of America’s intelligence agencies... Read More

Tags: Trump , ICE

What I Saw at the Dilley, Texas, Immigrant Detention Center
Posted on 27 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martin Garbus, The Nation, Mar. 26, 2019 "The detention center in Dilley is run by CoreCivic, a company that contributed $250,000 to President Trump’s inauguration. Another owner of detention centers, GEO, gave $225,000 to a Trump PAC prior... Read More

Immigration Agencies Communicated Prior to Arrest of Sanctuary Leader
Posted on 27 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tina Vasquez, Rewire.News, Mar. 25, 2019 "Documents obtained by Rewire.News through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that immigration enforcement officials reached out to the federal agency tasked with naturalizations and immigration... Read More

Feds Target Lawyers, Journalists Covering Southern Border
Posted on 8 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tom Jones, Mari Payton and Bill Feather, NBC San Diego, Mar, 6, 2019 "Documents obtained by NBC 7 Investigates show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists, journalists, and social media influencers tied to the migrant caravan... Read More

  • 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...
  • Blog Post: DISTRICT COURT ORDERS RELEASE OF KEY ICE MEMORANDUM

    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...