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Immigration detention: fastest growing incarceration system in the U.S.

"The arrest, detention and deportation of illegal immigrants is higher than at any time in U.S. history with more than 2.3 million individuals deported in the last five years. The government's immigration enforcement efforts -- detention -- is now the fastest growing incarceration system...

Another U.S. citizen arrested, jailed, almost deported by ICE

"Emilio René Pincheira Dennett was still asleep at about 6 a.m. one morning in September when agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, armed with guns and rifles, knocked on the door of the Santa Fe house he shares with his parents. Even though the 33-year-old Pincheira is...

Are there rogue ICE agents in Santa Fe?

Does it really take 13 days for ICE to figure out a simple citizenship claim? Judge for yourselves. Read the Morton Memo , the lawyer's blog , the blogger's blog , and the news article . We link; you decide!

American citizens snared in ICE's deportation dragnet

"A growing number of United States citizens have been detained under Obama administration programs intended to detect [unauthorized] immigrants who are arrested by local police officers." - New York Times, Dec. 14, 2011 .

Immigration enforcement snares American citizens in L.A. County, group says

"U.S. citizens have been illegally detained throughout Los Angeles County as a result of the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, a coalition of civil and immigrant rights groups said Wednesday. The American Civil Liberties Union and others identified four U.S. citizens detained...

NYT soft-pedals arrests, deportations of Americans by ICE

I guess it depends on how you define 'recent.' - Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Dec. 14, 2011 .

Unpub. BIA asylum remand victory: arrest warrant as pretext

"On appeal, the respondent argues that the arrest warrant issued against him is a pretext for political persecution. See Long v. Holder 620 F3d 162, 166 (2nd Cir. 2010) (noting that prosecution that is pretext for political persecution is not on account of law enforcement); Matter of Sibrun, 18...

FBI arrests 4 Conn. police; racial profiling against Latinos charged

"The FBI arrested four police officers just before dawn Tuesday morning, alleging a conspiracy that one official called “a cancerous cadre” of “bullies with badges” to deprive some residents, particularly Latinos, of their constitutional rights. The four officers were...

Woman arrested in LA, posed as ICE agent

"Sheriff's officials say a woman suspected of posing as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent to shake down [unauthorized] immigrants was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport. Sheriff's Lt. Adam Ellison says 14 victims reported that Araceli Martinez ordered them to...

After Immigration Arrests, Online Outcry, and Release

"Immigration agents arrested the mother and brother of a prominent activist during a raid at her home here late Thursday, unleashing a vigorous response on social media and focusing new attention on one of the most controversial aspects of the Obama administration’s policies on deportation...

Cornell Graduate Students Arrested in Texas Border Airport; Refused to Answer Citizenship Questions

"After refusing to answer a border patrol agent’s question about their citizenship status at a Texas airport near the border between the U.S. and Mexico, Omar Figueredo and Nancy Morales were arrested. Figuerdo was arrested for failing to identify himself, resisting arrest and obstructing...

Migrants Not Deterred by Arrest, Jail: Study

"Neither the threat of arrest nor punishment may significantly deter Mexicans from trying to enter the United States illegally, according to a new USC Gould School of Law study that was published in the August issue of the American Sociological Review. The study examined a variety of economic...

CA4 on Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law: Santos v. Frederick County

"[W]e hold that, absent express direction or authorization by federal statute or federal officials, state and local law enforcement officers may not detain or arrest an individual solely based on known or suspected civil violations of federal immigration law. Like the district court, we conclude...

Immigration Protesters Arrested in Chicago

"Chicago Police say 121 immigration rights demonstrators were arrested at a sit-in on Clark Street at Congress this afternoon. Police say the demonstrators blocked traffic on Clark Street for almost an hour. The police line on Congress blocked one lane of traffic on the south side of the street...

Chicago Woman Indicted for Posing as Immigration Attorney

"Maricela Haro had an elaborate strategy for finding vulnerable immigrants and scamming them out of thousands of dollars. Some of Haro’s victims say her scheme revolved around winning their trust. It went like this: She falsely claimed that she was an immigration attorney, and that her...

ICE Arrests, Indicts 32 in Immigration RICO Case

"A task force of federal, state and local law enforcement Thursday began arresting 32 defendants charged with racketeering and immigration violations throughout Texas and Louisiana. ... According to court documents [ indictment 1 | indictment 2 ], two employment referral businesses operating out...

Will Bieber Face Problems at the Border?

"Justin Bieber's recent arrest in Miami has left many of his young fans disappointed, but they aren't the only one's concerned with the pop star's "good moral character". Bieber, a Canadian, is reportedly in the U.S. on an O-1 visa which is issued to those who have shown...

Cert. Denied in Maryland Immigrant Arrest Case: Frederick County Bd. of Comm. v. Orellana Santos

"The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to review a Frederick County case in which a woman challenged local authorities' power to arrest her on an immigration violation, cementing her victory in a case that has been closely watched by both sides of the immigration debate. Supporters of Roxana...

U-Visa Holder Sues Pinal County (AZ) Sheriffs For Unlawful Arrest

"An Arizona woman spent five days in a Border Patrol jail after a traffic stop, when a sheriff's deputy told her he "was not interested" in her visa status, the ACLU claims in court. Maria del Rosario Cortes Camacho sued Pinal County sheriff's Officers Chad Lakosky and Kristina...

Feds Settle Lawsuit Over False Arrest of American Citizen by Border Guards

"An out-of-court settlement has been reached in a case defenders say highlights how hyper-vigilant border enforcement can violate people’s civil liberties. Gerardo Vazquez-Mentado, an Oswego county resident, store owner and naturalized U.S. citizen sued the federal government after he was...

Feds, California Sup. Ct. Chief Justice Square Off Over ICE Courthouse Arrests

Los Angeles Times, Mar. 31, 2017 - "The Trump administration on Friday fired back at California's top judge, disputing her characterization this month that federal immigration agents were "stalking" courthouses to make arrests. In a letter to Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, leaders...

Feds Release Immigrant Arrested at USCIS While Applying for Green Card

Milton J. Valencia, Boston Globe, May 5, 2017 - "In a sudden reversal, federal authorities agreed Friday to free a national of the Dominican Republic who was arrested by immigration authorities in March at a government office in Lawrence while filing paperwork to become a legal US resident. The...

ICE Arrests, Detains Another American Citizen - Are You Next?

Paloma Esquivel and James Queally, Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2017 - "[A]s she tried to leave the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, Plascencia said she was met by immigration enforcement agents, handcuffed and placed in the back of a van. Plascencia would spend the rest of the day...

Cal State LA Profs: ICE Agents Came For Our Student

Beth Baker and Alejandra Marchevsky, June 8, 2017 - "On the morning of May 18, Cal State Los Angeles student Claudia Rueda disappeared in East L.A. The 22-year-old immigrant rights activist stepped outside her aunt’s home to move her mother’s car for street cleaning, but never returned...

ICE’s Courthouse Arrests Undercut Democracy

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, New York Times, Nov. 27, 2017 - "Lawyers and judges in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington all reported in the first year of the Trump administration that immigration officials...