Immigration Law

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Deportations Under ICE's Secure Communities Program - TRAC (Apr. 25, 2018)
Posted on 25 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 25, 2018 - "Immediately upon assuming office, President Trump issued an Executive Order terminating what was known as the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) and "reinstat[ing] the immigration [enforcement] program known as 'Secure... Read More

Deportations Have 'No Observable Effect' on Crime Rate
Posted on 4 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Six years after the federal government opened an immigration enforcement program intended to improve public safety, deporting hundreds of thousands of people, many of them convicted criminals, a new study has concluded that the program has had “no... Read More

Court: ICE must release 'S-Comm' memo
Posted on 27 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must turn over an internal memo that could reveal the agency's legal justification for mandating the so-called Secure Communities deportation program, a federal judge ruled. ... To "adopt a legal... Read More

FOIA Victory; Secure Communities; NDLON et al. v. ICE et al.
Posted on 25 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Defendants are ordered to release the final version of the October 2 Memorandum, redacting only the final paragraph of page 3 and its accompanying footnote, which are covered by the deliberative process privilege. Defendants are also ordered to... Read More

Posted on 25 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

October 25, 2011, New York : "Last night, Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to publicly disclose by November 1 a previously withheld internal memorandum that advocates believe will shed light... Read More

DHS OIG: SComm 'continues to face opposition, criticism, and resistance'
Posted on 6 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We did not find evidence that ICE intentionally misled the public or States and local jurisdictions during implementation of Secure Communities. However, ICE did not clearly communicate to stakeholders the intent of Secure Communities and their... Read More

House testimonies on Secure Communities
Posted on 1 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On November 30, 2011 the House Judiciary's Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement [held] a hearing, "Is Secure Communities Keeping Our Communities Secure?" AILA Testimonies AILA Testimony to Immigration Subcommittee... Read More

Connecticut First to Protect Immigrants from Federal Deportation Policy
Posted on 11 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Connecticut is poised to become the first state to limit its participation in the federal Secure Communities program, a controversial immigration policy that turns local police against communities they serve. But it is too late for one New Haven... Read More

Police Chiefs: DHS to 'Reboot' Secure Communities
Posted on 14 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Several municipal police chiefs who attended a meeting at the White House said that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson indicated he was planning to revamp the program, known as Secure Communities. ... Johnson is conducting an internal review... Read More

Keeping Communities Safe? The Case For and Against 'Secure Communities' as Immigration Enforcement Policy
Posted on 18 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Please join us Thursday evening, October 27, when the Vera Institute of Justice and New York Law School present a panel discussion about Secure Communities . Secure Communities is a federal program that seeks to realize U.S. Immigration and... Read More

Counties Defy Feds, Vow Not to Detain Immigrants on ICE’s Behalf
Posted on 26 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Cooperating with the federal government’s immigration enforcement agenda may be mandatory for local law enforcement, but localities are finding ways around the federal government’s programs. Last week northern California’s Santa... Read More

Latinos Bear Brunt of 'Secure Communities' Arrests
Posted on 19 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A deportation program that is central to the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement strategy has led disproportionately to the removal of Latino immigrants and to arrests by immigration authorities of hundreds of United States... Read More

The fallacy of 'Secure Communities'
Posted on 2 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[U]ntil a more effective, and lawful, system is realized, city leaders should not comply with this flawed program that diverts resources from local law enforcement, compromises local officers’ ability to maintain the trust of their communities... Read More

Posted on 2 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This paper describes the Secure Communities program, identifies concerns about the program’s design and implementation, and makes recommendations for the future of the program." - IPC, Nov. 30, 2011 . Read More

PEP vs. SComm: Still Wandering in the Wild - César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
Posted on 7 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"PEP isn’t a panacea for the severity of modern immigration law enforcement. Many migrants will still be sanctioned twice—once by the criminal justice system and a second time by the immigration law regime. Hundreds of thousands will... Read More