Immigration Law

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HHS OIG on Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Jan. 2019 "What OIG Found  In the summer of 2017, prior to the formal announcement of the zero-tolerance policy, ORR staff and officials observed a steep increase in the number of children who had been separated from a parent or guardian... Read More

Expert: Local Law Enforcement Might Contact ICE, Depending on Situation
Posted on 1 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 31, 2018 - "The arrest of an undocumented immigrant in the fatal shooting of a police officer in Stanislaus County has raised questions about whether the killing had any connection to state or local sanctuary... Read More

Lawsuit: ICE Detention Centers Deny Detainees Contact With Attorneys
Posted on 27 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Dec. 17, 2018 - "For immigrants facing deportation, assistance from attorneys can make a profound difference in the outcome of their cases — immigrants with lawyers have an overwhelmingly better chance of being able to stay in the U.S... Read More

Ex-Judges Tell ICE to Stop Courthouse Arrests
Posted on 12 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associate Press, Dec. 12, 2018 - "Dozens of retired state and federal judges called Wednesday on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally, saying... Read More

Judge Rules Colorado Sheriffs Have No Legal Authority to Hold Prisoners for ICE: Cisneros v. Elder
Posted on 10 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Colorado, Dec. 7, 2018 - " State District Court Judge Eric Bentley issued a final ruling last night barring El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder from holding people in jail at the request of federal immigration enforcement (ICE) after they have... Read More

Born in Philadelphia, U.S. Citizen Held For Deportation to Jamaica by ICE - Lawsuit
Posted on 5 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Isaac Stanley-Becker, Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2018 - "When Peter Sean Brown turned himself in to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in April, he expected to be back to work in no time at Fogarty’s, a laid-back restaurant in Key West... Read More

N.J. A.G. Issues Statewide Directive Curtailing State and Local Police Participation in Federal Civil Immigration Enforcement
Posted on 30 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NJ Attorney General, Nov. 29, 2018 - "Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today issued a directive to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies in New Jersey limiting the types of voluntary assistance that their officers may provide to federal... Read More

Court Orders Release of Iraqi Detainees, Sanctions Govt. Attorneys: Hamama v. Adducci
Posted on 21 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU of Michigan, Nov. 20, 2018 - "The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan applauds the decision of U.S. District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith to order the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release all Iraqis within 30 days... Read More

ICE Detainer Litigation Victory in NY: People v. DeMarco
Posted on 15 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Nov. 14, 2018 - "A state appeals court in Brooklyn ruled today definitively, and for the first time, that it is illegal under state law for local law enforcement agencies in New York to make immigration arrests at the request of federal immigration... Read More

Tags: New York , ACLU , detainers , ICE

Motel 6 Proposes $7.6M Settlement over Latino Guest Targeting
Posted on 7 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, Nov. 6, 2018 - "After a nationwide class-action lawsuit against Motel 6, the chain agreed to pay as much as $7.6 million to guests who said their private information was given to U.S. immigration agents, according... Read More

ICE Misled A Federal Court About Why Iraqi Detainees Couldn’t Be Sent Home, Documents Show
Posted on 26 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Oct. 24, 2018 - "Documents unsealed in a federal court in Michigan this week show that ICE officials repeatedly misled the court about the status of Iraqi detainees, insisting that it had an agreement with the Iraqi... Read More

Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Retaliation against Immigrant Rights Activists
Posted on 25 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, Oct. 24, 2018 - "NWDC Resistance, Detention Watch Network, and the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, October 23rd asking the federal court in the Western District of Washington to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s... Read More

D.C. Attorney General Sues ICE for Answers About Immigration Crackdowns
Posted on 23 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine , Oct. 22, 2018 - "Attorney General Karl A. Racine today filed a lawsuit seeking to force U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to provide answers about recent ICE enforcement actions in the... Read More

An ICE Raid in a Small Nebraska Town 'Has Got Us Split Right Down the Middle'
Posted on 23 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Oct. 23, 2018 - "The ICE operation on Aug. 8 resulted in the arrests of 118 suspected undocumented workers — mostly in Nebraska — at multiple worksites, including a hydroponic tomato greenhouse, a pork producing... Read More

Tags: raid , Nebraska , ICE , O'Neill

Profiling Who ICE Detains - Few Committed Any Crime
Posted on 10 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Oct. 9, 2018 - "The vast majority (58%) of individuals in ICE custody June 30 had no criminal record. An even larger proportion—four out of five—either had no record, or had only committed a minor offense such as a traffic violation... Read More