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Latest ICE Detention Data Riddled With Errors
Posted on 20 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Sept. 20, 2022 "ICE’s latest release of detention data is, once again, riddled with errors. ICE’s data on Alternatives to Detention wrongly reports enrollments of 96,574 people, because the agency mistakenly released data from... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

Where Sports and Deportation Meet: ICE Is Removing People on the Same Planes Used to Transport Teams
Posted on 15 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Todd Miller, The Border Chronicle, Sept. 15, 2022 "On June 17 a plane painted with the red, white, and blue colors of the six-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots lifted off from Harlingen, Texas. This plane, however, wasn’t going... Read More

Tags: sports , ICE

Migrant Detention: Multiple Complaints Filed
Posted on 14 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Detained Leaders file simultaneous federal complaints against ICE, GEO Group & MTC "Today, a collective of leaders and individuals detained at multiple facilities in California, filed two simultaneous complaints to the Department of Homeland... Read More

Tags: detention , geo , ICE

40+ Organizations Call for Justice Over Sham University Set Up By ICE
Posted on 18 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, Aug. 9, 2022 "More than 40 social justice organizations sent a letter today to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) demanding an investigation into DHS' operations related to the... Read More

Tags: fake , ICE

Does DHS Have Your Cellphone Data?
Posted on 19 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Ainsley, NBC News, July 18, 2022 "The Department of Homeland Security has paid millions of dollars since 2017 to purchase, without warrants, cellphone location data from two companies to track the movements of both Americans and foreigners... Read More

Tags: cbp , DHS , ICE , cell phones

Groups Announce Settlement in Federal Lawsuit over Illegal Immigration Arrests
Posted on 13 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, July 7, 2022 "Today, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus and the ACLU Foundation of Northern California announced a settlement agreement that will prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from illegally using... Read More

Tags: ICE

ICE Enacts New Policy Protecting Media From Legal Demands
Posted on 30 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gabe Rottman, Lawfare, June 29, 2022 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently released a new policy addressing the use of “compulsory investigative tools” like subpoenas, court orders, and search warrants to obtain information... Read More

Tags: journalists , ICE

Court Order Threatens Deportation for Millions
Posted on 27 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, June 25, 2022 "A Biden administration policy that prioritized the arrest of undocumented immigrants who are considered a threat to public safety and national security has been suspended as of Saturday, rendering millions... Read More

Abuses in the Air: Sports Travel and the Deportation Industry
Posted on 15 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

University of Washington Center for Human Rights, June 2022 "Every week, thousands of migrants are shackled at the hands and feet and forced onto deportation flights to destinations across the globe. [1] While the flights are contracted by U.S... Read More

ICE, Immigration Enforcement and Data Brokers
Posted on 9 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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Tags: LexisNexis , ICE

No Fighting Chance: ICE's Denial of Access to Counsel in U.S. Immigration Detention Centers
Posted on 9 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Report "This ACLU research report, No Fighting Chance: ICE's Denial of Access to Counsel in U.S. Immigration Detention Centers , provides the first comprehensive study of the barriers to access to counsel in U.S. immigration detention... Read More

Aaliyah The Brave: Empowering Children Coping With Immigration Enforcement
Posted on 31 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rekha Sharma-Crawford "Aaliyah is every child who has ever known the heartbreak of having a parent forcibly removed from the home by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She is the voiceless, and faceless child that is often forgotten in a system... Read More

American Dragnet
Posted on 10 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AMERICAN DRAGNET: DATA-DRIVEN DEPORTATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY Georgetown Center of Privacy and Technology, May 10, 2022 "When you think about government surveillance in the United States, you likely think of the National Security Agency or the... Read More

Tags: Privacy , ICE , database

Over 225,000 Immigrants Monitored by ICE's Alternatives to Detention Technology: TRAC
Posted on 30 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 28, 2022 "According to new data available in TRAC's Quick Facts detention data tool, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is now monitoring 227,508 immigrants using 'alternatives to detention' (ATD) technology. The most common... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

Advocates Push Back Against Rosy ICE Access to Counsel Report
Posted on 4 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

National Immigrant Justice Center, American Immigration Council, ACLU of Southern California, Southern Poverty Law Center, March 22, 2022 "Our organizations provide legal services or represent organizations that provide legal services to individuals... 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...

    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...