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ICE to Roll Out New Alternative to Detention Initiative

ICE, Jan. 8, 2016 - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) will commence the Family Case Management Program (FCMP) on January, 21, 2016. The FCMP is a new alternative to detention (ATD) initiative that uses qualified case managers to promote...

News Excerpts From the Jan. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Funding Bill Imposes Restrictions on VWP, Increases H and L Fees, Makes H-2B Changes The omnibus funding bill enacted in December contained provisions restricting participation in the Visa Waiver Program by applicants who are nationals of or who have recently visited certain countries in Africa and...

ICE Could Knock on Doors of 18,000 Central American Women, Kids

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress, Jan. 15, 2016 - "Beyond the wave of immigration raids targeting 121 individuals for potential deportation proceedings earlier this month by the Obama administration, there may be thousands more Central American women and children who remain at risk for being rounded...

U.S. Citizen Released After 18 Months in Houston Immigration Jail

Jacqueline Stevens, Jan. 18, 2016 - "On January 5, 2016, Lorenzo Palma, with a lawyer finally by his side (Nashville-based civil rights attorney Andrew Free ), won his release from the Houston CCA immigration jail. Ever since immigration judge Saul Greenstein flagged the possibility that Mr. Palma...

PEP FOIA Lawsuit Filed: NDLON v. ICE

Adolfo Flores, Jan. 19, 2016 - "Three immigrant advocacy groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday against several federal agencies who failed to turn over information on a deportation program after the group filed repeated Freedom of Information Act requests. The lawsuit centers around information regarding...

TRAC: ICE Detainer Use Stabilizes Under Priority Enforcement Program

TRAC, Jan. 21, 2016 - " The 7,117 detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during October 2015 suggests that their use appears to have stabilized in the four months since the launch of the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) in June 2015. Thus PEP, which replaced the Secure Communities...

Women and children first: legality of ICE raids in southern states scrutinized

Matthew Teague, The Guardian, Jan. 30, 2016 - " Southern Poverty Law Center says sweeps are targeting solely women and children as a ‘family unit’ brings in $600 for private owners of detention centers compared with $150 for housing a male."

BOP to Give ICE 'Right of First Refusal' to Immigrant Prisoners

Josh Gerstein, Politico, Feb. 24, 2015 - "Under the new policy, the federal Bureau of Prisons will put prisoners finishing their sentences into immigration custody by default when immigration authorities seek deportation, even if local or state officials want the immigrant for prosecution or to...

Report Shows Poor Medical Care Led to Deaths at U.S. Immigration Jails

NIJC, Feb. 25, 2016 - "A report, Fatal Neglect: How ICE Inspections Ignore Deaths in Detention , released today by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Detention Watch Network (DWN) and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), examines egregious violations of medical standards by U.S...

ICE Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers Meeting, March 16, 2016, San Antonio, TX

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 39 / Monday, February 29, 2016 - "The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) will meet in San Antonio, TX to brief Committee members on ICE’s family residential centers and to review and assess...

Notice of ICE Public Meeting on Family Residential Centers, San Antonio, Wed., Mar. 16, 2016

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 39 / Monday, February 29, 2016 - "The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) will meet in San Antonio, TX to brief Committee members on ICE’s family residential centers and to review and assess...

More Flaming ICE Hoops for Students, Exchange Visitors: Form I-515A

ICE, undated - "Beginning April 1, 2016, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will send “Intent to Terminate” notices to nonimmigrant students (F-1/M-1), exchange visitors (J-1) and dependents (F-2/M-2/J-2) who failed to comply with the Form I-515A, “Notice to Student...

DHS OIG To Periodically Inspect CBP and ICE Detention Facilities...Unannounced

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced a program of ongoing unannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. The OIG is initiating this...

Congressional Pressure Brings Stay of Deportation for North Carolina Teen

Anne Blythe, News & Observer, Mar. 20, 2016 - "The planned deportation of Wildin Guillen Acosta, a Riverside High School student, was put on hold Sunday to give attorneys a brief window to appeal an immigration judge’s decision from late Friday. Acosta, a 19-year-old native of Honduras...

CA11 on Prolonged ICE Detention, Bivens, Jurisdiction: Alvarez v. ICE

Alvarez v. ICE, Mar. 24, 2016 - "Although we hold that § 1252(g) does not bar us from considering the merits of Alvarez’s claim, we also find that no Bivens remedy is available to him, both because the Immigration and Nationality Act sets out sufficient meaningful remedies for Alvarez...

News Excerpts From the April 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

H-1B FY 2017 Cap Season Begins April 1 | USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap on April 1, 2016. The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2017 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree...

Inside the Elaborate Web Presence of the Government's Fake University

Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz, Chronicle of Higher Education, Apr. 6, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security arrested 21 people Tuesday on charges that they had recruited thousands of students through the promise of fraudulently obtained visas. At the center of the arrests was the University...

ICE Raids Have Chilling Effect on Education of Children: Report

Georgetown Law, Apr. 11, 2016 - "Recent raids by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have had a chilling effect on the education of recently arrived children – including those seeking asylum from the violence in Central America – according to a report published today...

$20K Settlement for American Citizen Locked Up By ICE: Ocampo v. Harrington

NIJC, May 2, 2016 - "A U.S. citizen arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at his home in 2012 and held in immigration detention for seven days has been awarded $20,000 in damages as part of an agreed judgment entered by a federal district court judge in central Illinois. ...

Threading the STEM OPT Needle - News from SEVIS (ICE, May 5, 2016)

ICE Broadcast Message 1605-01, May 5, 2016, Revised Guidance for SEVIS Workarounds and STEM OPT Transition - "After consultation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is revising its guidance on the handling of 24-month extensions...

ICE Plans New Raids Against Refugee Moms, Kids

L.A. Times, May 12, 2016 - "The Obama administration is planning another series of raids that would lead to the deportation of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. The news drew protests from several...

USCIS, ICE Fingerprint Check Refresh Agreement (May 19, 2016)

ICE, May 19, 2016 - "The agreement establishes a process between ICE ERO and USCIS for the refresh (update) of fingerprint checks of non-detained respondents with cases pending before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) whose fingerprints have been taken, but the fingerprint checks...

Q&A from May 3, 2016 Joint Meeting with AILA, ICE & USCIS

"On May 3, 2016 , the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Document Liaison Committee met with USCIS’ Verification Division and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations to respond to questions, provide updates and address...

Immigration Class Action Settlement: Lyon v. ICE

ACLU, June 14, 2016 - "In a first of its kind class action settlement , the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has agreed to change its policies in four Northern California detention centers, ending severe restrictions on telephone use that make placing outgoing calls nearly impossible...

SEVP Policy Guidance S13.1: Conditional Admission

ICE, July 13, 2016 - "This guidance interprets the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status,” issuance regulation for prospective F-1 and M-1 students (8 CFR 214.3(k)) to guide SEVP adjudicators."