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SEVP Policy Guidance S7.2: Pathway Programs for Reasons of English Proficiency

ICE, Oct. 28, 2016 - "This guidance provides information for Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) adjudicators regarding pathway programs for F-1 postsecondary students who fail to meet the English proficiency requirements for admission into a certified degree program of study, or need to...

Caution Light for Private Immigration Jails: DHS Advisory Council Report

HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY COUNCIL, Report of the Subcommittee on Privatized Immigration Detention Facilities, December 1, 2016 Elise Foley, Roque Planas, Dec. 1, 2016 - "Private prison companies received a blessing on Thursday from a Department of Homeland Security panel tasked with determining...

ICE Publishes Quarterly International Student Data

ICE, Dec. 8, 2016 - "There are 1.23 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status studying at 8,697 schools in the United States according to the latest " SEVIS by the Numbers ." This quarterly report on international student trends is prepared by the Student...

Q&A from AILA/USCIS/ICE Liaison Meeting, Nov. 10, 2016

USCIS, Nov. 10, 2016 - "On November 10, 2016, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Document Liaison Committee met with USCIS’s Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations to respond to questions, provide updates and address follow up items...

More Than 16,000 International Students Affected by Dept. of Education Action

DHS, Dec. 14, 2016 - "On Dec. 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This decision affects more than 16,000 international students in the United States attending...

Deported with No Possessions: The Mishandling of Migrants’ Personal Belongings by CBP and ICE

Walter Ewing, Ph.D. and Guillermo Cantor, Ph.D., December 21, 2016 - "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have a serious and longstanding problem with handling the personal belongings of detained migrants in their custody. Too often, some or all...

ICE Continues to Detain and Deport American Citizens

Eyder Peralta, NPR, Dec. 22, 2016 - "It's illegal for U.S. immigration authorities to hold Americans in detention. However, an NPR analysis of data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request shows that hundreds of American citizens each year find themselves in a situation similar...

CIVIC Files Civil Rights Complaint Alleging Frequent Denial of Visits at Cal. Immigration Jail Since Election

CIVIC, Jan. 18, 2017 - "Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) has filed a formal complaint with the Office for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties within the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of the people who are currently or were previously detained at the...

Former ICE Chief Says Trump's Immigration Policies Will Hit More People, Harder

Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, Feb. 12, 2017 - "The former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a sweeping executive order signed by President Donald Trump that allows any unauthorized immigrant to be deported for even being suspected of a minor crime will impact many more people...

ICE Immigration Raids: A Primer (TRAC)

TRAC, Feb. 14, 2017 - There are widespread reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fugitive operations teams conducted immigration roundups in a number of communities across the country last week. This report breaks down the numbers on ICE apprehensions in recent...

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman on ICE Raids and the "Non-Priorities Priorities"

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, Feb. 14, 2017 - "Over the weekend hundreds of immigrants were arrested. Despite statements by some in the administration that the arrests were “routine,” they appear to be an implementation of the Executive Order on interior enforcement signed by the President...

DACAmented Youth in Seattle Arrested by ICE, Files Habeas Petition (Updated Feb. 15, 2017)

Daniel Levine and Kristina Cooke, Reuters, Feb. 14, 2017 - "U.S. authorities have arrested an immigrant from Mexico who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and later given a work permit during the Obama administration in what could be the first detention of its kind under President...

Denver Woman Denied Stay by ICE, Takes Sanctuary in Church

Erica Melzer, Denverite, Feb. 15, 2017 - "Jeanette Vizguerra, an undocumented immigrant who has been living in the Denver area for nearly two decades, was denied her stay from deportation from the United States Wednesday morning because she did not attend her scheduled check-in with immigration...

Detained Dreamer's Lawyers Say Government Doctored Legal Document to Try and Prove False Gang Affiliation

Sydney Brownstone, Feb. 16, 2017 - "Lawyers for Daniel Ramirez Medina, the twice-authorized, 23-year-old DACA recipient who was scooped up by immigration enforcement near Seattle last week, say that government officials doctored a legal document at the Northwest Detention Center in an attempt to...

What Happens When The 'Bad Hombres' Are ICE Agents? - Sandra Hernandez

Sandra Hernandez, MALDEF, Feb. 26, 2017 - "Whenever U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement insists it is just doing its job, Americans should take a closer look at what is happening. With an executive order signed in his first week in office, President Trump has “taken the shackles off”...

Florida Judge Shoots Down Miami-Dade ICE Detainer Detention Policy: Lacroix v. Junior

David Ovalle, Miami Herald, Mar. 3, 2017 - "Miami-Dade County – faced with threats by President Trump to cut off federal funding – violated the U.S. Constitution when it agreed to jail people slated for deportation, a judge ruled on Friday . The judge’s ruling was a rebuke of Miami...

Lawsuits Claim American Man Falsely Imprisoned by ICE in Colorado

Blair Miller, ABC Denver, Mar. 8, 2017 - ICE agents illegally detained Colorado US citizen for days because he was Hispanic, lawsuits claim - "You don't look like you were born in Montrose." "A Gunnison man born in Colorado was picked up by immigration officers after a court...

Trump Immigration Raids Enable Domestic Abusers in Denver

Mark Joseph Stern, Slate, Mar. 8, 2017 - "Since Donald Trump assumed the presidency, undocumented immigrants across the United States have been thrown into a state of distress and uncertainty. Five days after taking office, Trump signed an executive order that dramatically expanded immigration enforcement...

ICE Courthouse Arrests Spark Backlash from Prosecutors

James, Queally, L.A. Times, Mar. 15, 2017 - "[I]n the past few weeks, attorneys and prosecutors in California, Arizona, Texas and Colorado have all reported teams of ICE agents — some in uniform, some not — sweeping into courtrooms or lurking outside court complexes, waiting to arrest...

ICE Posts 'Declined Detainer Outcome Report' (Mar. 20, 2017)

DHS Press Release , Fact Sheet , Q&A ICE Report, Jan. 28 - Feb. 3, 2017

ICE Refuses To Release More Comprehensive Detainer Data - TRAC

TRAC, Mar. 20, 2017 - "Today Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued its first weekly report on detainers that it said had been refused by non-federal law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, the information ICE released is very limited and selective. At the same...

ICE Issues New Detainer Policy, Form (effective Apr. 2, 2017)

ICE, Mar. 24, 2017 - "ICE places detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges and for whom ICE possesses probable cause to believe that they are removable from the United States, so that ICE can take custody of the alien when he or she is released from local custody. When...

After An Immigration Raid, A City's Students Vanish

Jonathan Blitzer, New Yorker, Mar. 23, 2017 - "On February 15th, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ice) officers conducted a raid in Las Cruces, arresting people at a trailer park on the outskirts of town. The raid came a few weeks after President Trump signed two executive orders, signalling...

ICE's New Immigration Detainer Policy Remains Legally Flawed

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Mar. 24, 2017 - "Today, ICE issued a new policy regarding use of immigration detainers. Sometimes called immigration holds, detainers are requests by ICE that a local law enforcement agency continue holding someone in the LEAs custody...

Former ICE Attorney Switches Sides, Now Represents Detained Asylum-Seekers in Georgia

Washington Post, Mar. 27, 2017 - "In a tiny hearing room at one of the country’s most remote and unforgiving immigration courts, Elena Albamonte walked right past the table she had used for years as the government’s highest-ranking prosecutor here. Instead, she put her briefcase on the...