Immigration Law

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ICE Guidance Regarding Civil Immigration Enforcement and Removal Policies and Priorities (May 27, 2021)
Posted on 5 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, May 27, 2021 " ... Prosecutorial discretion is an indispensable feature of any functioning legal system. The exercise of prosecutorial discretion, where appropriate, can preserve limited government resources, achieve just and fair outcomes... Read More

ICE Interim Guidance: Civil Immigration Enforcement and Removal Priorities (Feb. 18, 2021)
Posted on 18 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Feb. 18, 2021 "This interim guidance is effective immediately. It applies to all U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Directorates and Program Offices, and it covers enforcement actions, custody decisions, the execution of final... Read More

N.J. A.G. Issues Statewide Directive Curtailing State and Local Police Participation in Federal Civil Immigration Enforcement
Posted on 30 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NJ Attorney General, Nov. 29, 2018 - "Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today issued a directive to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies in New Jersey limiting the types of voluntary assistance that their officers may provide to federal... Read More

Aug. 15, 2017 Memo from ICE Legal on Enforcement Priorities, Prosecutorial Discretion (BuzzFeed)
Posted on 8 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Oct. 8, 2018 - "Attorneys for Immigration and Customs Enforcement were restricted from granting reprieves for certain immigrants facing deportation, ordered to review and potentially reopen previously closed cases, and... Read More

A Washington County That Went for Trump is Shaken as Immigrant Neighbors Start Disappearing
Posted on 10 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nina Shapiro, Seattle Times, Nov. 9, 2017 - "Named after a character in a cowboy book, Police Chief Flint Wright describes himself as pretty conservative. A portrait of Ronald Reagan hangs in his office, along with photos of John Wayne, and his... Read More

ICE Policy on Arrests at Courthouses, FAQ on Enforcement at 'Sensitive Locations'
Posted on 1 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Jan. 10, 2018 - Civil Immigration Enforcement Actions Inside Courthouses ICE, Jan. 31, 2018 - FAQ on Sensitive Locations and Courthouse Arrests Read More

Feds to Step Up Immigration Enforcement at Job Sites in 2018
Posted on 28 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel Connolly, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 27, 2017 - "The federal government plans to increase job site immigration enforcement actions across Tennessee in 2018, said Robert Hammer, a high-ranking enforcement official. Workplace immigration investigations... Read More

Shifting Gears, Trump Administration Launches High-Profile Worksite Immigration Enforcement Operations - MPI
Posted on 25 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MPI, Jan. 24, 2018 - "In January 2018, the Trump administration carried out its largest immigration action yet against a U.S. employer, with hundreds of federal immigration agents descending upon 98 stores in the 7-Eleven chain in 17 states and the... Read More

ICE Immigration Enforcement Efforts Reach Less Than 0.02% of U.S. Employers - CRS Report
Posted on 14 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Despite the increases in recent years ... the number of Final Orders for civil money penalties remains very low relative to the number of U.S. employers. Employers receiving Final Orders in FY2014, as shown in Table 1, represent less than .02% of... Read More

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others...
Posted on 15 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maybe DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson missed this episode of Sesame Street. His November 20, 2014 memo to ICE, CBP and USCIS specifies three tiered priorities for the "Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." At the top, Priority... Read More

DHS on Immigration Enforcement During Tropical Storm Karen
Posted on 5 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"To the extent that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Karen (Karen) impacts law enforcement operations and/or the storm triggers the need for an officially ordered evacuation or an emergency government response, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP... Read More

ICE on Enforcement: House Testimony, Clarification
Posted on 20 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski


ICE Memo to Field: The Gloves are Off, Everyone's a Target
Posted on 7 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Marcelo Rochabrun, ProPublica, July 7, 2017 - "The head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit in charge of deportations has directed his officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of... Read More

2011 ICE Memo on Enforcement Actions at or Focused on Sensitive Locations
Posted on 17 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This memorandum sets forth Immigration and Customs Enforcement (lCE) policy regarding certain enforcement actions by ICE officers and agents at or focused on sensitive locations. This policy is designed to ensure that these enforcement actions do... Read More