Immigration Law

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ICE Hold Lawsuit Settles for $14 Million
Posted on 14 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Southern California, Oct. 13, 2020 "The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by immigrants who were unlawfully detained by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department — sometimes... Read More

CA9 on Detainers: Gonzalez v. ICE
Posted on 11 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gonzalez v. ICE "We resolve several issues in this opinion. First, we hold that Gonzalez had Article III standing to seek prospective injunctive relief when he commenced suit. The Government’s cancellation of the detainer against him does... Read More

Tags: detainers , ICE

Montana Supreme Court on Detainers: Ramon v. Short
Posted on 27 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ramon v. Short "With the exception of the limited circumstances discussed, neither federal law nor Montana law provide state or local Montana law enforcement officers with the authority to arrest individuals based on federal civil immigration violations... Read More

Tags: Montana , detainers , ICE

ICE Detainer Litigation Victory
Posted on 11 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Joel Rubin, Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 7, 2020 "A federal judge in Los Angeles this week issued his final judgment in a long-running immigration case, upending the way Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses local police to detain... Read More

Detainer Lawsuit Filed in Las Vegas
Posted on 19 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, Jan. 17, 2020 "Las Vegas city authorities’ policy of holding immigrants in jail after they have completed their sentences is unconstitutional, a lawsuit filed today charged. MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational... Read More

Las Vegas Police: No to ICE Holds
Posted on 24 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alexis Egeland, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Oct. 23, 2019 "The Metropolitan Police Department will no longer detain immigrants on federal immigration holds, the agency announced Wednesday. Metro on Tuesday notified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement... Read More

Preliminary Injunction Blocks Use of Faulty ICE Detainer Database
Posted on 30 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gonzalez v. ICE, Sept. 27, 2019 "For the foregoing reasons, concurrently with adopting the above findings of facts and conclusions of law, the Court shall issue a permanent injunction enjoining ICE from issuing detainers to state and local law... Read More

ICE Pushes Detainer Envelope with 'Warrant Service Officer' Program
Posted on 6 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, May 6, 2019 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today the creation of a new collaborative program intended for local law-enforcement that wish to honor immigration detainers but are prohibited due to state and local policies... Read More

Webcast on Detainers (Apr. 16, 2019)
Posted on 16 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski "Join a live conversation about one of the most pressing features of immigration policing today: immigration detainers. Kate Evans , Associate Professor of Law at the University... 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

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

Fairfax County (VA) Sheriff’s Office Using Risky Strategy to Hold Immigrants for ICE: Experts
Posted on 26 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Yvette Cabrera, ThinkProgress, Dec. 22, 2017 - "The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office in Northern Virginia is holding people in jail past their release date at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] using a technique that raises... Read More

Detainer Victory in Colorado Based on State Law: Cisneros v. Elder (Prelim. Injunction)
Posted on 20 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cisneros v. Elder - "Plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction is GRANTED. Defendant is ENJOINED from relying on ICE immigration detainers or ICE administrative warrants as grounds for refusing to release the Plaintiffs from custody... Read More

Colorado Sheriff Faces ACLU Class Action Over Immigrant Detention
Posted on 28 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amanda Pampuro, Courthouse News, Feb. 27, 2018 - "The ACLU accused a Colorado sheriff of breaking state law Tuesday by wrongfully detaining released persons for ICE. At the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, El Paso County Sheriff... Read More

Texas Judge: Detainers Unconstitutional - Santoyo v. USA
Posted on 9 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, June 8, 2017 - "The same San Antonio federal judge who will hear the lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the state’s new “sanctuary cities” law ruled earlier this week in a separate... Read More