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Letter from the Southern Poverty Law Center to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano inquiring about ICE raids in Alabama: "Armed ICE agents went to trailer parks and apartment complexes in Fort Payne and Collinsville, entering homes without permission and terrorizing families. Children - citizens and...

SPLC Urges DHS to End Raids Terrorizing Latino Communities in North Alabama

"The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) urged the Department of Homeland Security today to end raids by federal immigration agents that have terrorized north Alabama families and that undermine federal efforts to protect the civil rights of the state’s Latino community in the wake of...

Latinos arrested by ICE in Alabama raids shipped to Louisiana for deportation hearings

"Sheriff Jimmy Harris confirmed the raids and said many were housed at the DeKalb County Detention Center. 'They brought seven to our office one day and eight another day,' Harris said. 'They have all been shipped out to Louisiana.'" - Times-Journal, Dec. 16, 2011 . [NOTE...

Alabama raids to be reviewed by DHS

"A spokesman with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said a review would be conducted on raids carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers recently targeting [unauthorized] immigrants in Fort Payne and Collinsville. "The Department of Homeland Security has directed...

ICE Settles 'Sleeping While Latino' Home Invasion Lawsuit for $295K

"Today, attorneys announced the settlement of a home raids case against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Seven men and women and one child brought the case in 2008 against more than thirty individual ICE officers for a series of predawn raids of their homes undertaken without consent or...

ICE Raids at California Courthouses

"Sergio Villatoro was waiting to pay a traffic ticket at the Kern County courthouse in Lamont, California, when the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid began. ICE agents blocked all of the exits. Although ICE agents made no attempt to establish Mr. Villatoro’s identity –...

Alarming Rise of Community Immigration Raids in New Orleans: Report

"A report released today by the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) revealed an Obama Administration pilot program of race-based community immigration raids that is devastating New Orleans—and warned that it may become the “new normal” for immigrant communities...

Judge Blocks Arpaio's Workplace Raids, Arizona Statute Enjoined

"Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio must stop enforcing Arizona's identify theft laws, U.S. District Judge David Campbell ruled Monday , granting a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed against Arpaio. The lawsuit, filed by the Puente immigrant rights group, argues that the laws are unconstitutional...

ICE Roundups of Refugee Moms, Kids Begin; Agents Ignore Warrant Requests

Nigel Duara and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, L.A. Times, Jan. 3, 2016 - "The detentions of at least 11 families across the country marked the first day of an effort by the government to find and deport Central American migrants who sought refuge in the U.S. and stayed illegally, immigrant advocates said...

Immigration Raids Target Disabled Refugees

Yale Law School Immigration Clinic, Jan. 5, 2015 - "By letter delivered this morning, more than 150 organizations served notice on federal officials that many of the Central American refugees targeted in recent immigration raids are disabled, as that term is defined under the Rehabilitation Act...

ABA Condemns Immigration Raids Targeting Central American Families Seeking U.S. Protection

ABA, Jan. 6, 2015 - Statement of Paulette Brown, President, American Bar Association : "The American Bar Association condemns the U.S. government’s operation targeting the deportation of Central American mothers and children seeking protection in the United States and calls on the government...

Raids Webinar, Wed. Jan. 13, 2016

Immigration Raids: Update, Advocacy Strategies, Legal Strategies, and Resources - "This webinar will help advocates respond to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. ICE has targeted recently-arrived Central American families with removal orders, and plans additional raids. The panel will...

Dems Blast Obama, DHS for Deportation Raids: Letter

Washington Post, Jan. 12, 2016 - "The escalating tensions between Democrats and the Obama administration over its deportation raids targeting Central American immigrants burst into public view on Tuesday, with more than 140 House members blasting the round ups and the White House dispatching a top...

ICE Could Knock on Doors of 18,000 Central American Women, Kids

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress, Jan. 15, 2016 - "Beyond the wave of immigration raids targeting 121 individuals for potential deportation proceedings earlier this month by the Obama administration, there may be thousands more Central American women and children who remain at risk for being rounded...

TRAC Report: Potential Impact of Immigration Raids Targeting Women with Children

TRAC, Jan. 14, 2016 - " Earlier this month the Obama Administration announced immigration raids that would be targeting women and children. While ICE has not released figures on the number of families that could potentially be targeted in future raids, a total of 18,607 "women with children"...

Senators Call for Halt to Raids

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Jan. 22, 2016 - "U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and twenty of their Senate colleagues to send a letter to President Obama calling for an immediate halt to the Department of Homeland Security’s recent targeted arrests...

USCCR Calls for Halt to Raids

USCCR, Jan. 22, 2016 - "By majority vote the Commissioners of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (“Commission”), have issued a letter that requests the immediate end of the raids currently being carried out by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and Immigration...

Women and children first: legality of ICE raids in southern states scrutinized

Matthew Teague, The Guardian, Jan. 30, 2016 - " Southern Poverty Law Center says sweeps are targeting solely women and children as a ‘family unit’ brings in $600 for private owners of detention centers compared with $150 for housing a male."

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...