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Navarrette: Morton Memo worthless; Latinos should not be fooled

"In the past few months, I've heard from about a dozen immigration attorneys who have likewise tried to use the Morton memo to spring clients and likewise struck out. As illogical as it sounds, ICE field agents whose job it is to apprehend folks who break the rules for entering the United...

Cyrus D. Mehta: Prosecutorial Discretion and the "Criminal Alien"

"Even a so called “criminal alien” can in some cases be deserving of prosecutorial discretion. Actually, the definition of “criminal alien” is rather amorphous , and could include one who has either been convicted of a crime or one who has been charged with a crime. Under...

Morton Announces Record Increase in Worksite Enforcement Activity

"Yesterday before testifying before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, John Morton—Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)— announced record numbers of worksite enforcement investigations, criminal prosecutions...

New Morton Memo: Facilitating the Return to the U.S. of Certain Lawfully Removed Aliens

"This Directive describes existing ICE policy for facilitating the return to the United States of certain lawfully removed aliens whose PFRs are granted by a U.S. court of appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court." - ICE, Feb. 24, 2012 . This new Morton memo surfaced on Mar. 1, 2012 in connection...

Press Release in National Immigration Project/NLG v. DHS - Re: New ICE "Policy"

Washington Square Legal Services, Inc. 245 Sullivan Street, 5th Floor New York, New York 10012 Tel: 212-998-6430 Fax: 212-995-4031 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2012 Contact: Nancy Morawetz, 212-998-6451 nancy.morawetz@nyu.edu Jessica Chicco, 616-552-9261 jessica.chicco...

A Failure of Discretion

"Delays in background checks are at the root of the inaction, but the problem goes beyond that. Immigration advocates in the South are trying to stop the deportation of dozens of people who spoke out against abuses like dangerous working conditions, unlawful arrests, unpaid wages, racial...

Reflections on Prosecutorial Discretion One Year After the Morton Memo

" Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia reflects on the implementation of the famous (or infamous) immigration-agency memos on using "prosecutorial discretion" in favor of various types of noncitizens who could be removed from the United States. Were the people who said the memos went too far...

ICE Victim Assistance Program: Aug. 25, 2011 Morton Memo

"This Directive supersedes Chapter 53 of the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service Special Agent Field Manual entitled, "Victim-Witness Assistance" (undated). This Directive also supersedes any and all directives, policies, and guidance regarding the Victim Assistance Program issued...

Chicago Immigration Judge Denies Reprieve Motion

"A Chicago judge denied an immigration prosecutor’s request last week for an “administrative closure” of a deportation proceeding against Sebastian Pineda, a Mexican immigrant whose case was chronicled by The Chicago Reporter in August. The decision threw a wrench into the U.S...

Morton Memo: Civil Immigration Detention: Guidance for New Identification and Information-Sharing Procedures Related to Unrepresented Detainees With Serious Mental Disorders or Conditions

"This memorandum directs that procedures be in place to ensure that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees who may be mentally incompetent to represent themselves in removal proceedings before the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) are identified...

ICE Director John Morton to Resign

"The head of Homeland Security's immigration enforcement agency is leaving his job after more than four years. John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says in a note sent to ICE employees Monday that he's leaving his job at the end of July and to take a position at...

Felony Deportations Decline as ICE Resists 2010 Morton Memo

"In 2010, the head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency told his staff to focus on deporting the most dangerous and violent undocumented immigrants. But an investigation by The Chicago Reporter found little change in the percentage of these deportations since then—nationally...