Immigration Law

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Why We Need to Talk About ICE's Rapidly-Expanding "Alternatives to Detention" Program
Posted on 22 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Austin Kocher, Feb. 22, 2022 "We are witnessing a profound shift in the geographic forms of migrant surveillance and control, a shift that is simultaneously about migrants and not about migrants, a shift that is wrapped in the paper of liberal... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

Clinic Students Win Release for Afghan Client in Complex Immigration Court Case
Posted on 8 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mary Wood, Feb. 7, 2022 "With help from students in the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, an Afghan national who had been imprisoned for three years on a misdemeanor charge was recently freed on bond. Second... Read More

Tags: bond , detention , habeas

Groundbreaking COVID-19 Settlement to Yield Protections for Immigrants Detained by ICE, Limit Re-detention for People Released
Posted on 1 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LCCRSF, Jan. 27, 2022 "Immigrants detained by ICE during the COVID-19 pandemic in two California detention facilities have reached a groundbreaking settlement agreement to resolve a long-running class action lawsuit against ICE and GEO, a private... Read More

Illinois’ ICE detention ban to take effect within weeks following appeals court ruling
Posted on 13 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Carlos Ballesteros, Injustice Watch, Jan. 13, 2022 "Two Illinois counties that detain immigrants in federal custody in their local jails will have to terminate their contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement within weeks, an appeals... Read More

ICE Detains 22,000 Immigrants at Start of 2022, Monitors 157,000 on Alternatives to Detention Program
Posted on 13 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Jan. 13, 2022 "According to new data available through TRAC's ' Quick Facts ' tools, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is holding about 22,000 immigrants in civil detention centers across the country at the beginning of... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

On America's Obsession with Locking up Immigrants: Prof. César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
Posted on 13 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Todd Miller, Border Chronicle, Jan. 13, 2022 "When Joe Biden administration took office in January 2021, there were promises of a new direction in border and immigration enforcement, and that the policies of Donald Trump would be left behind. Now... Read More

Tags: detention

Experts Comment in Advance of Supreme Court Oral Argument
Posted on 11 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jan. 11, 2022 - Today the Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in two immigration cases. Two expert comment: Prof. Shalini Ray - "The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday in two related immigration cases , Johnson v. Arteaga-Martinez... Read More

Stale ICE Detention Numbers
Posted on 15 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Austin Kocher, Nov. 15, 2021 "Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is actively undermining Congress by failing to release accurate information about the number of immigrants in detention on a regular basis. While minor data issues with ICE’s... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

Rigged by Design: ICE's Detention Algorithm
Posted on 2 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aly Panjwani, Inquest, Oct. 29, 2021 "ICE’s policy preferences for carceral inputs meant that “the RCA’s algorithm lost the ability to measure true risk,” turning instead into “a tool of prosecution, pairing detention... Read More

Federal Jury: GEO Group Owes $17.3M in Back Pay to ICE Prisoners
Posted on 30 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martin Kaste, NPR, Oct. 29, 2021 "A federal jury in Tacoma, Wash., says the GEO Group, which owns and runs a large detention center for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, owes former detainees $17.3 million in back pay for tasks such as... Read More

ICE Does Not Adequately Track Segregation at Immigration Detention Facilities: DHS OIG Report
Posted on 19 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kylie Bielby, Homeland Security Today, Oct. 18, 2021 "An audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not always comply with segregation reporting requirements and did not ensure... Read More

Documentary Exposes GEO's Immigration Jail Near Denver
Posted on 11 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Facility" Trailer "“The Facility” is a short documentary film chronicling the lived experiences of immigrants being held at the GEO detention facility in Aurora, Colorado. This film addresses the personal loss and consequences... Read More

Tags: Denver , detention , geo , aurora

CA9 (2-1) on Cal. AB 32: GEO Group v. Newsom
Posted on 5 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GEO Group v. Newsom "In 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill, AB 32, that phases out all private detention facilities within the state. But because of seasonal and other fluctuations in immigration, the United States Immigration... Read More

CBP Falsified Records in Death of Boy
Posted on 24 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Robert Moore, El Paso Matters, Sept. 17, 2021 "A new report details “deeply troubling failures” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the 2019 death of a Guatemalan boy in the agency’s custody, including the creation of false... Read More

"Age Out" Victory Against ICE: Garcia Ramirez v. ICE
Posted on 22 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER - "When minors lacking immigration status arrive in the United States without parents or other guardians, they are designated UACs and are placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of... Read More