Immigration Law

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DOJ Proposed Rule: DNA-Sample Collection from Immigration Detainees
Posted on 22 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 204 / Tuesday, October 22, 2019 "The Department of Justice is proposing to amend regulations that require DNA-sample collection from individuals who are arrested, facing charges, or convicted, and from non-United... Read More

Atlanta Mayor Signs Executive Order: No New ICE Detainees in City Jail
Posted on 7 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, June 20, 2018 - "I, like many others, have been horrified watching the impact of President Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy on children and families. My personal angst has been compounded by the City of... Read More

Tags: detainees , jail , Atlanta , ICE

ICE Memo: Review of the Use of Segregation for ICE Detainees
Posted on 5 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This directive establishes policy and procedures for U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) review of ICE detainees placed into segregated housing." - ICE, Sept. 4, 2013 . Read More

Attorney Matt Adams to be Honored for Major Federal Court Victory for Immigrant Detainees
Posted on 26 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Leslie Brown, Sept. 21, 2016 - "The win last year was a game-changer. Thanks to a class-action lawsuit brought by several public interest attorneys, a federal judge ruled that immigrants with mental disabilities facing deportation proceedings are... Read More

DOJ and DHS Announce Safeguards for Unrepresented Immigration Detainees with Serious Mental Disorders or Conditions
Posted on 22 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will issue today a new nationwide policy for unrepresented immigration detainees with serious mental disorders or conditions that may render them mentally incompetent... Read More

ICE Memo: Identification and Monitoring of Pregnant Detainees (Aug. 15, 2016)
Posted on 19 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE Memo: Identification and Monitoring of Pregnant Detainees (Aug. 15, 2016) - "...This memorandum sets forth procedures to ensure that pregnant individuals detained in ICE custody are identified, monitored, and housed in the most appropriate facility... Read More

Immigration Detainees Win Right to Fair Hearing
Posted on 17 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a landmark ruling that curtails one of the most wasteful and draconian features of our immigration lock-up system: the government's practice of putting immigration detainees behind... Read More

New ABA Video Helps Immigrant Detainees Understand Their Rights
Posted on 21 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 19, 2012: "To help ensure America’s commitment to justice for all, the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration has produced an updated version of “ Know Your Rights,” an educational video... Read More

Tags: detainees , ABA , video

Out of Sight, Immigration Detainees Struggle to be Heard
Posted on 11 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With constitutional rights lacking, even for those with no record of crime, immigrants languish, pawns in a burgeoning law enforcement system that is defined by secrecy." - Boston Globe, Dec. 9, 2012 . Read More

Using Jailed Migrants as a Pool of Cheap Labor
Posted on 25 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As the federal government cracks down on immigrants in the country illegally and forbids businesses to hire them, it is relying on tens of thousands of those immigrants each year to provide essential labor — usually for $1 a day or less —... Read More

ICE Releases Some Immigrant Detainees as Sequester Looms
Posted on 26 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigration and Customs Enforcement released some people from immigrant detention facilities across the country on Monday in response to looming federal budget cuts. "In order to make the best use of our limited detention resources in the current... Read More

Latest Numbers from Artesia
Posted on 13 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The mayor of a New Mexico city where federal immigration authorities are holding nearly 500 detainees says the facility will likely get more detainees and it isn't closing anytime soon. Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press more... Read More

Tags: Artesia , detainees , ICE

428 Detainees Sign Letter Demanding Review of Broward Immigration Jail
Posted on 2 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We received this letter from detainees at the Broward Detention Center. The letter was signed by 428 detainees currently held at the facility. The facility houses just over 700 individuals; 600 men and 100 women. We did not ask for this letter,... Read More

Dialing with Dollars: How County Jails Profit From Immigrant Detainees
Posted on 16 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[J]ails contracting with ICE are not compelled to follow the most recent version of these standards. Some facilities reviewed by The Nation do in fact follow the most recent edition of ICE’s detention standards. But other facilities, like... Read More

'Voluntary' Work Programs Run in Private Immigration Prisons Pay Detainees $1 a Day
Posted on 31 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In private prisons around the country, immigrants languishing in detention centers are being put to work by profit-making companies like the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) for far below the minimum wage. For doing a range of manual labor... Read More