Immigration Law

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NY Bars ICE Arrests in State Courthouses: Directive (Apr. 17, 2019)
Posted on 20 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mallory Moench, Times Union, Apr. 18, 2019 "ICE can no longer arrest undocumented immigrants inside New York courthouses unless they have a warrant signed by a judge. The New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA) signed its new rule change... 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

CA9 Upholds Saravia Preliminary Injunction
Posted on 1 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Saravia v. Sessions , court staff summary - "In an action arising from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s rearrest and detention of noncitizens who came to this country as unaccompanied minors, the panel affirmed the district court’s... Read More

Expert: ICE Needs Warrant for Arrest on Private Property
Posted on 18 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Marnie Eisenstadt, Syracuse Post-Standard, Apr. 18, 2018 - "John Collins was standing outside the milk house at his dairy farm this morning when he heard yelling coming from inside. He ran in, he says, and saw his worker, Marcial de Leon Aguilar... Read More

Report | Assumption Of Risk: Legal Liabilities For Local Governments That Choose To Enforce Federal Immigration Laws
Posted on 8 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mar. 7, 2018 - "A joint report by attorneys from NIJC, American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Immigration Law Center, and Southern Poverty Law Center, Assumption of Risk: Legal Liabilities for Local Governments... Read More

ICE’s Courthouse Arrests Undercut Democracy
Posted on 27 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, New York Times, Nov. 27, 2017 - "Lawyers and judges in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington all reported in the first year of... Read More

Tags: courthouse , arrest , ICE

CA4 on Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law: Santos v. Frederick County
Posted on 12 Aug 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[W]e hold that, absent express direction or authorization by federal statute or federal officials, state and local law enforcement officers may not detain or arrest an individual solely based on known or suspected civil violations of federal immigration... Read More

Are there rogue ICE agents in Santa Fe?
Posted on 24 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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! Read More

Immigration detention: fastest growing incarceration system in the U.S.
Posted on 6 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Cal State LA Profs: ICE Agents Came For Our Student
Posted on 8 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Beth Baker and Alejandra Marchevsky, June 8, 2017 - "On the morning of May 18, Cal State Los Angeles student Claudia Rueda disappeared in East L.A. The 22-year-old immigrant rights activist stepped outside her aunt’s home to move her mother’s... Read More

Immigration enforcement snares American citizens in L.A. County, group says
Posted on 15 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. citizens have been illegally detained throughout Los Angeles County as a result of the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, a coalition of civil and immigrant rights groups said Wednesday. The American Civil Liberties Union... Read More

Tags: citizens , arrest , ICE

American citizens snared in ICE's deportation dragnet
Posted on 14 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A growing number of United States citizens have been detained under Obama administration programs intended to detect [unauthorized] immigrants who are arrested by local police officers." - New York Times, Dec. 14, 2011 . Read More

Tags: citizens , arrest , ICE

Another U.S. citizen arrested, jailed, almost deported by ICE
Posted on 21 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: citizens , arrest , ICE

ICE Arrests, Indicts 32 in Immigration RICO Case
Posted on 1 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A task force of federal, state and local law enforcement Thursday began arresting 32 defendants charged with racketeering and immigration violations throughout Texas and Louisiana. ... According to court documents [ indictment 1 | indictment 2 ... Read More

ICE Arrests, Detains Another American Citizen - Are You Next?
Posted on 26 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paloma Esquivel and James Queally, Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2017 - "[A]s she tried to leave the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, Plascencia said she was met by immigration enforcement agents, handcuffed and placed in the back of... Read More