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More Flaming ICE Hoops for Students, Exchange Visitors: Form I-515A

ICE, undated - "Beginning April 1, 2016, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will send “Intent to Terminate” notices to nonimmigrant students (F-1/M-1), exchange visitors (J-1) and dependents (F-2/M-2/J-2) who failed to comply with the Form I-515A, “Notice to Student...

DHS OIG To Periodically Inspect CBP and ICE Detention Facilities...Unannounced

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced a program of ongoing unannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. The OIG is initiating this...

Congressional Pressure Brings Stay of Deportation for North Carolina Teen

Anne Blythe, News & Observer, Mar. 20, 2016 - "The planned deportation of Wildin Guillen Acosta, a Riverside High School student, was put on hold Sunday to give attorneys a brief window to appeal an immigration judge’s decision from late Friday. Acosta, a 19-year-old native of Honduras...

CA11 on Prolonged ICE Detention, Bivens, Jurisdiction: Alvarez v. ICE

Alvarez v. ICE, Mar. 24, 2016 - "Although we hold that § 1252(g) does not bar us from considering the merits of Alvarez’s claim, we also find that no Bivens remedy is available to him, both because the Immigration and Nationality Act sets out sufficient meaningful remedies for Alvarez...

News Excerpts From the April 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

H-1B FY 2017 Cap Season Begins April 1 | USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap on April 1, 2016. The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2017 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree...

Inside the Elaborate Web Presence of the Government's Fake University

Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz, Chronicle of Higher Education, Apr. 6, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security arrested 21 people Tuesday on charges that they had recruited thousands of students through the promise of fraudulently obtained visas. At the center of the arrests was the University...

ICE Raids Have Chilling Effect on Education of Children: Report

Georgetown Law, Apr. 11, 2016 - "Recent raids by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have had a chilling effect on the education of recently arrived children – including those seeking asylum from the violence in Central America – according to a report published today...

$20K Settlement for American Citizen Locked Up By ICE: Ocampo v. Harrington

NIJC, May 2, 2016 - "A U.S. citizen arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at his home in 2012 and held in immigration detention for seven days has been awarded $20,000 in damages as part of an agreed judgment entered by a federal district court judge in central Illinois. ...

Threading the STEM OPT Needle - News from SEVIS (ICE, May 5, 2016)

ICE Broadcast Message 1605-01, May 5, 2016, Revised Guidance for SEVIS Workarounds and STEM OPT Transition - "After consultation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is revising its guidance on the handling of 24-month extensions...

ICE Plans New Raids Against Refugee Moms, Kids

L.A. Times, May 12, 2016 - "The Obama administration is planning another series of raids that would lead to the deportation of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. The news drew protests from several...

USCIS, ICE Fingerprint Check Refresh Agreement (May 19, 2016)

ICE, May 19, 2016 - "The agreement establishes a process between ICE ERO and USCIS for the refresh (update) of fingerprint checks of non-detained respondents with cases pending before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) whose fingerprints have been taken, but the fingerprint checks...

Q&A from May 3, 2016 Joint Meeting with AILA, ICE & USCIS

"On May 3, 2016 , the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Document Liaison Committee met with USCIS’ Verification Division and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations to respond to questions, provide updates and address...

Immigration Class Action Settlement: Lyon v. ICE

ACLU, June 14, 2016 - "In a first of its kind class action settlement , the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has agreed to change its policies in four Northern California detention centers, ending severe restrictions on telephone use that make placing outgoing calls nearly impossible...

SEVP Policy Guidance S13.1: Conditional Admission

ICE, July 13, 2016 - "This guidance interprets the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status,” issuance regulation for prospective F-1 and M-1 students (8 CFR 214.3(k)) to guide SEVP adjudicators."

ICE Memo: Identification and Monitoring of Pregnant Detainees (Aug. 15, 2016)

ICE Memo: Identification and Monitoring of Pregnant Detainees (Aug. 15, 2016) - "...This memorandum sets forth procedures to ensure that pregnant individuals detained in ICE custody are identified, monitored, and housed in the most appropriate facility to manage their care. The memorandum outlines...

ICE Releases Quarterly International Student Data

ICE, Aug. 30, 2016 - " F, M students up 5.5 percent compared to July 2015; Number of certified schools down 2.4 percent — There are 1.11 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status studying in the United States according to the latest "SEVIS by the Numbers...

ICE Director Sarah Saldaña - Private Detention Contracts Essential (Law360)

Allissa Wickham, Law360, Sept. 22, 2016 - "The head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday that halting the agency’s use of private detention centers would basically turn its system “upside down,” with her remarks coming not long after it was revealed that ICE’s...

ICE Detainers Unlawful: Jimenez Moreno v. Napolitano

NIJC, Oct. 3, 2016 - " Court to Rescind Class Members’ Detainers, Nullifying Centerpiece of ICE’s Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) - The federal district court of the Northern District of Illinois has invalidated the federal government’s practice of issuing detainers against...

Report of the DHS Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers

ICE, Sept. 30, 2016 - "The detention of migrant children and families by the U.S. government has been controversial since its inception. Child and family detention has been the subject of a number of federal lawsuits – most notably, the Flores litigation (currently captioned Flores v. Lynch...

ICE Memo: Guidance on Civil Inspections of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) During Labor Disputes

Matt Ginsburg writes: "I attach ICE's " Guidance on Civil Inspections of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) During Labor Disputes ," which the AFL-CIO just obtained from ICE through a FOIA request that we filed earlier this year. This Guidance replaces Operating...

SEVP Policy Guidance (Oct. 28, 2016)

ICE, Oct. 28, 2016 - "This guidance interprets the evidentiary requirements for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certification of schools that do not meet one of the three requirements in 8 CFR 214.3(b) and (c) to guide SEVP adjudicators."

ICE Seeks to Increase Family Immigration Detention Bed Space

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, Nov. 2, 2016 - "Months before the Obama presidency ends, opponents of family detention are concerned his administration is expanding the controversial policy centered on two immigration holding facilities south of San Antonio. After initially signaling...

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...