Immigration Law

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Settlement Places Strict Limits on ICE Detention at ICA-Farmville
Posted on 7 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, July 6, 2022 "Today, a settlement agreement on claims for injunctive relief was reached in Santos Garcia et al. v. Wolf et al. , a case filed by the National Immigration Project (NIPNLG), Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), and Gibson, Dunn... Read More

Groundbreaking COVID-19 Settlement to Yield Protections for Immigrants Detained by ICE, Limit Re-detention for People Released
Posted on 1 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LCCRSF, Jan. 27, 2022 "Immigrants detained by ICE during the COVID-19 pandemic in two California detention facilities have reached a groundbreaking settlement agreement to resolve a long-running class action lawsuit against ICE and GEO, a private... Read More

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

"Straight Up Dishonesty" - Judge Orders ICE to Depopulate Adelanto
Posted on 16 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Read Judge Hatter's Oct. 15, 2020 Order here , especially pages 2-3: "The Court has been concerned for some time with the lack of candor exhibited by the Government and its counsel in this case. Counsel for Petitioners-Plaintiffs have, also,... Read More

ICE COVID-19 Prisoner Protocol (Aug. 12, 2020)
Posted on 13 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Aug. 12,2020 "How does ICE screen new detainees for COVID-19? Effective June 4, 2020, ICE tests all new detainees who arrive at ICE-owned facilities for COVID-19 during the intake screening process. ICE houses all new arrivals separately ... Read More

Judge Orders ICE To Free Detained Immigrant Children Because Of COVID-19
Posted on 29 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Vanessa Romo, NPR, June 26, 2020 "Citing the unrelenting spread of the coronavirus, a federal judge has ordered that all children currently held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody for more than 20 days must be released by July... Read More

ICE Detention in Fla. Violates 5th, 8th Amendments: Gayle v. Meade
Posted on 1 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gayle v. Meade "The Petitioners in this case are 34 immigrant detainees. Petitioners claim that they are housed at one of three immigration detention centers in Florida: the Krome Detention Center in Miami (“Krome”), the Broward Transitional... Read More

A Long Time Coming: How the Immigration Bond and Detention System Created Today’s COVID-19 Tinderbox
Posted on 24 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hafsa S. Mansoor (J.D. ’20) & Katherine Comly (J.D. ’20), Under Supervision of Professor Lori A. Nessel, Seton Hall University School of Law | Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic, Apr. 20, 2020 "Immigrants... Read More

Court Orders Custody Review of ICE Prisoners at Risk for C19
Posted on 21 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SPLC, Apr. 20, 2020 "A federal judge today ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to promptly revisit custody determinations, including consideration of release for all persons in ICE detention whose age or health conditions place them... Read More

Groups Sue ICE Over Detained Immigrants in Texas
Posted on 17 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, Apr. 15, 2020 "Civil rights groups are suing the federal government seeking the release of medically vulnerable immigrants held at three Texas detention centers, according to a lawsuit filed today. MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense... Read More

Habeas Petition Filed in Colorado: Codner v. Choate
Posted on 14 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

RMIAN, Arnold & Porter, NIPNLG, Apr. 14, 2020 " Medically-Vulnerable Immigrants Detained by ICE in Aurora, Colorado Seek Immediate Release Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic Detained Individuals File Urgent Petition for Release from Detention Center... Read More

Advocates Ask Colo. Gov. Polis to Address Immigration Detention
Posted on 13 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, American Immigration Council, RMIAN, Apr. 13, 2020 "As your administration works to address the crisis created by the coronavirus in Colorado, we write to urge you to take any and all steps possible to compel an orderly but significant reduction... Read More

Ten Freed From Immigration Jail by Court Order: Thakker v. Doll
Posted on 1 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Mar. 31, 2020 "A federal court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, ruled today that federal immigration authorities must immediately release the ten people who sued for their release and who remain in detention in three county facilities in the... Read More