Immigration Law

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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

ICE Extends I-9 Compliance Flexibility (Apr. 25, 2022)
Posted on 26 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Apr. 25, 2022 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), today announced an extension of the Form I-9 flexibilities first announced in March 2020 and updated in March 2021. On February 18, 2022... Read More

Tags: I-9 , ICE

Is SEVIS Broken Too?
Posted on 14 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In this Apr. 11, 2022 Broadcast Message , ICE asks F-1 and M-1 Students Previously Engaged in OPT or Practical Training to, basically, do ICE's job for them. Read More

Tags: sevis , sevp , ICE

ICE Directive Regarding Incompetent Detained Individuals (Apr. 5, 2022)
Posted on 12 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Apr. 5, 2022 Identification, Communication, Recordkeeping, and Safe Release Planning for Detained Individuals with Serious Mental Disorders or Conditions and/or Who Are Determined To Be Incompetent By An Immigration Judge Read More

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

ICE Settles SoCal Bond Litigation: Hernandez v. Garland
Posted on 30 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU SoCal, Mar. 30, 2022 "In a major legal victory for immigrants' rights, a federal court has approved a settlement that prohibits U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and immigration judges from setting unreasonable bonds for detained... Read More

Access to Counsel: Did ICE Lie to Congress?
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Suzanne Monyak, Roll Call, Mar. 22, 2022 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement claimed in a new report to congressional appropriators about detention that immigrants had “unabated” access to lawyers during the pandemic — though... Read More

ICE Attorneys: Foreign Students at Fake College "Victims of Fraud"
Posted on 28 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rich Schapiro, NBC News, Mar. 27, 2022 "[T]he University of Northern New Jersey wasn’t a real school. The university was an elaborate ruse set up by the Department of Homeland Security to lure brokers and recruiters suspected of engaging... Read More

Tags: unnj , students , ICE

Court Blocks DHS Enforcement Memo: Arizona v. Biden
Posted on 22 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Arizona v. Biden "It is hereby ORDERED that: 1. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 65(a), Defendants United States Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, in his official capacity as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, all their... Read More

Colorado Supreme Court on ICE Detainers: Cisneros v. Elder
Posted on 21 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cisneros v. Elder "In this case, the supreme court considers whether section 24-10-106(1.S)(b), C.R.S. (2021), of the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act ("CGIA") waives sovereign immunity for intentional torts that result from the operation... Read More

New ICE VAWA Directive (Mar. 16, 2022)
Posted on 20 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Mar. 16, 2022 - Implementation of Section 1367 Protections for Noncitizen Victims of Crime "This Directive establishes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy for the identification and disclosure of information protected by... Read More

Tags: vawa , ICE

ISAP SNAFU, Part 2
Posted on 8 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Johana Bhuiyan, The Guardian, Mar. 8, 2022 " Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (Isap) : The US government program was launched in 2004 as a “humane” alternative to detention for immigrants waiting for their cases to be heard... Read More

Tags: geo group , ISAP , ICE

CastaƱon Nava Settlement News (ICE Sweeps)
Posted on 28 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, OCAD, ICIRR, Feb. 8, 2022 "The use of illegal traffic stops and arrest practices by federal immigration enforcement officials will be curtailed under a settlement resolving a lawsuit brought by Chicago area residents detained in ICE sweeps... Read More

Tags: Chicago , ICE

Why We Need to Talk About ICE's Rapidly-Expanding "Alternatives to Detention" Program
Posted on 22 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Austin Kocher, Feb. 22, 2022 "We are witnessing a profound shift in the geographic forms of migrant surveillance and control, a shift that is simultaneously about migrants and not about migrants, a shift that is wrapped in the paper of liberal... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

New Documents Surface in Forced Labor / Wage Theft Case Against CoreCivic
Posted on 17 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

My hero, Andrew Free , reports: "For those considering how labor litigation challenge contractors abuses of so-called “Volunteer” Work Programs may lend support to folks inside ICE’s for-profit human cages, please find attached... Read More