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ICE drops immigration charges, releases Alabama woman after Gutierrez meeting with Napolitano

"Immigration officials released an undocumented Alabama woman from custody on Thursday, about four hours after a Democratic congressman told Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about her case. The woman, a 19-year-old named Martha, was stopped on Dec. 3 for driving without lights...

Dear Janet, stop terrorizing kids!

Letter from the Southern Poverty Law Center to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano inquiring about ICE raids in Alabama: "Armed ICE agents went to trailer parks and apartment complexes in Fort Payne and Collinsville, entering homes without permission and terrorizing families. Children - citizens and...

SPLC Urges DHS to End Raids Terrorizing Latino Communities in North Alabama

"The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) urged the Department of Homeland Security today to end raids by federal immigration agents that have terrorized north Alabama families and that undermine federal efforts to protect the civil rights of the state’s Latino community in the wake of...

Latinos arrested by ICE in Alabama raids shipped to Louisiana for deportation hearings

"Sheriff Jimmy Harris confirmed the raids and said many were housed at the DeKalb County Detention Center. 'They brought seven to our office one day and eight another day,' Harris said. 'They have all been shipped out to Louisiana.'" - Times-Journal, Dec. 16, 2011 . [NOTE...

Alabama raids to be reviewed by DHS

"A spokesman with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said a review would be conducted on raids carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers recently targeting [unauthorized] immigrants in Fort Payne and Collinsville. "The Department of Homeland Security has directed...

Pork-Barrel Politics Keep Alabama Immigration Jail Open: NBC on Etowah

Hats off to Lisa Riordan Seville and Hannah Rappleye, NBC News, for exposing, in detail, how ICE bowed to political pressure to keep a sub-par immigration jail (Etowah County Detention Center, a.k.a. 'hell on Earth') open in Gadsden, Alabama. Here are the links: When feds sought to shutter...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2013 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Report Faults Procedures for Issuance of NTAs | On October 22, 2013, the Center for Immigrants’ Rights at Pennsylvania State University Law School released a report criticizing various practices related to the issuance of Notices to Appear in removal proceedings. Based on a survey and documents...