Immigration Law

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ICE Does Not Adequately Track Segregation at Immigration Detention Facilities: DHS OIG Report
Posted on 19 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kylie Bielby, Homeland Security Today, Oct. 18, 2021 "An audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not always comply with segregation reporting requirements and did not ensure... Read More

CA9 (2-1) on Cal. AB 32: GEO Group v. Newsom
Posted on 5 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GEO Group v. Newsom "In 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill, AB 32, that phases out all private detention facilities within the state. But because of seasonal and other fluctuations in immigration, the United States Immigration... Read More

"Age Out" Victory Against ICE: Garcia Ramirez v. ICE
Posted on 22 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER - "When minors lacking immigration status arrive in the United States without parents or other guardians, they are designated UACs and are placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of... Read More

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

ICE Directive: Identification and Monitoring of Pregnant, Postpartum, or Nursing Individuals (July 1, 2021)
Posted on 9 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE Directive 11032.4, July 1, 2021 "Superseded: ICE Directive I I 032.3 Identification and Monitoring of Pregnant Detainees (December 17, 2017) ICE Policy I 0070. I: Discretion for Nursing Mothers (November 7, 2007) This Directive sets forth... 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

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

NJ Sup. Ct. on Pretrial Release, ICE Holds: State v. Molchor, Rios, Lopez-Carrera
Posted on 31 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State v. Molchor, Rios, Lopez-Carrerra "Here, the question before the Court affects a relatively small number of cases. All of them involve individuals who would not otherwise be detained as high-risk defendants. In other words, the cases involve... Read More

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

ICE, Detention, COVID & GEO: Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings
Posted on 21 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CA9, Feb. 18, 2021, Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings "Plaintiffs, civil immigration detainees housed at Mesa Verde Detention Facility and Yuba County Jail (collectively, the Facilities), filed a class petition for writ of habeas corpus, and a class complaint... Read More

Tags: detention , geo , COVID-19 , ICE

ICE Detention COVID-19 Practices Violate Law: Report
Posted on 12 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Physicians for Human Rights, Jan. 12, 2021 - Praying for Hand Soap and Masks "The harsh and punitive conditions reported in this study show that ICE practices did not comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance or with ICE’s... Read More

ICE Detention Contributed 245K COVID-19 Cases
Posted on 10 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Detention Watch Network, Dec. 2020 "Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) failed pandemic response substantially increased the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to Hotbeds of Infection: How ICE Detention Contributed to... Read More