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Article on Unlawful Detention and Deportation of U.S. Citizens as Aliens

"My article "U.S. Government Unlawfully Detaining and Deporting U.S. Citizens as Aliens" appearing in the most recent issue of the Virginia Journal of Law and Social Policy (18.3) is available for downloading as a pdf on the Social Science Research Network . ... The article reflects...

Unpublished BIA Victory: 212(c), Ineffective Assistance, Mental Capacity

Jon Eric Garde of Las Vegas recently received good news from the BIA, granting his motion to reopen a case that had last been before the Board in 1998! Matter of Stevens, A035-172-124 - Detroit, Oct. 12, 2011, unpublished .

In The Rush To Deport, Expelling U.S. Citizens

"The government is not shy about its success deporting people from the United States. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently sent out videos of early-morning raids conducted across the country. Uniformed ICE agents are shown planning to capture suspects, followed by shots of the suspects...

Deporting citizens

Professor/blogger Jacqueline Stevens continues to educate us all concerning the Anthony Clarke, Mark Lyttle and Esteban Tiznado cases. See here (Dec. 7, 2011) and here (Dec. 9, 2011.)

U.S. Citizen, Wrongfully Deported by ICE, Wins Partial Court Victory

"[T]he Court holds that a United States citizen with a diminished mental capacity who has been detained without probable cause, who the federal agents know claims to be a U.S. citizen, whose claim of citizenship is not investigated, whose claim is supported by easily accessible corroborating evidence...

Professor-Blogger Sues DOJ Over Public Access to Immigration Court

"On April 19, 2010 guards followed an unlawful order to remove me from the Atlanta federal building housing the immigration courts . Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that in the months following this, supervising employees of the Executive Office of Immigration...

Citizenship to Go

"In early modern Europe, vagabonds without passes were hanged, imprisoned, branded and shipped off to the colonies, including America. Requiring a birth certificate to document citizenship is no less irrational. We need governments, but we don’t need nations. People should be free...

DHS Hides Government Documents Confirming Esteban Tiznado's U.S. Citizenship

"As reported here several months ago, a jury found Esteban Tiznado had acquired U.S. citizenship at birth, through his father Jesus Tiznado, but in late 2011 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported him anyway . ICE continued to insist that his father was born in Mexico and not...

Another U.S. Citizen Languishes in DHS/DOJ Arizona Immigration Hellhole

"On Monday, October 22, Esteban Tiznado was supposed to be attending his hearing in an immigration court in Florence, Arizona. And his pro bono attorney David Ouimette was supposed to be presenting evidence of his client's U.S. citizenship. But it's not going to happen." - Prof. Jacqueline...

Federal Lawsuit Against Atlanta IJ Cassidy Moves Forward

"At the instigation of [Immigration Judge] William Cassidy, a former deportation agency prosecutor, on April 19, 2010 various federal officials and Paragon Systems, Inc. guards interfered with my Constitutional rights to observe deportation hearings for the detained docket in Atlanta, Georgia. Last...

Litigation Moves Forward on Media Access to Immigration Court

" On June 4, 2013, Judge Orinda Evans, Northern District Court, Georgia, issued two orders in the cause of government transparency, in particular recognizing the rights of the public and the media to attend immigration hearings. Judge Evans is granting my attorneys' motion to enter an amended...

ICE Still Detaining and Deporting US Citizens, And Still Lying About It

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens continues her one-woman campaign for justice: "On June 7, 2013 an immigration judge terminated deportation proceedings for a 54 year old United States citizen who had been locked up without a lawyer for 14 months, one of three individuals to contact me in the last two weeks...

DHS, DOJ Press for Deportation of American Citizen Despite Res Judicata

"Frank Serna wrote me from Houston CCA in June, where he'd been locked up for 14 months . An immigration judge in 2004 held a hearing and found credible his mother's testimony and other evidence of his U.S. citizenship and terminated proceedings, but in 2012 Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

DHS Tries to Deport, Continues to Detain, U.S. Citizen

Robinson Martinez has persuaded the BIA that he is an American citizen, but DHS is still detaining him and trying to deport him. Professor / investigative journalist Jacqueline Stevens has the story .

DHS and Private Prisons Refuse to Release Records on Dollar Per Day Wages Paid to ICE Prisoners; FOIA Lawsuit Filed

"The last year I've been conducting research on the legality of ICE contracts authorizing private prisons to meet performance goals by paying one dollar per day to the people they're locking up. ICE is not forthcoming about the program and it has not responded to my FOIA requests submitted...

Texas Immigration Jail Overcrowded; 90% of Detainees Not Criminals

"Recent contract documents reveal the Texas Port Isabel Detention Center is subjecting the average 1115 people it locks up each night to overcrowding, and that 90 per cent of them have no criminal records . On February 11 and 12, 2014 representatives from several private prison firms visited the...

GEO Sued for Minimum Wage and Forced Labor Law Violations, and Unjust Enrichment

"Yesterday, Alejandro Menoca, Marcos Brambila, Grisel Xahuentitla, Hugo Hernandez, Lourdes, Argueta, Jesus Gaytan, Olga Alexaklina, Dagaberto Vizguerra, and Demetrio Valerga on their own behalf and others similarly situated filed a complaint informing a federal judge that their guards were breaking...

ICE Locking Up Hundreds of US Citizens in Recent Years; Chicago Case Suggests ICE Obstruction of Justice

"Data recently released by the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) responsive to my FOIA request shows ICE today still is holding US citizens from days to years prior to their cases being terminated or closed. Preliminary analysis of a small sample of EOIR data for hearings from January...

NPR Airs Story on ICE Dollar-Per-Day Private Immigration Jail Labor

"NPR reporter Alexandra Starr covers a lawsuit and slave wages for those in custody under immigration laws. Listen here . Note that in response to my assertion that those in ICE custody are not exempt from the protections of federal labor laws, GEO notes the dollar-per-day level in an appropriations...

U.S. Citizen Released After 18 Months in Houston Immigration Jail

Jacqueline Stevens, Jan. 18, 2016 - "On January 5, 2016, Lorenzo Palma, with a lawyer finally by his side (Nashville-based civil rights attorney Andrew Free ), won his release from the Houston CCA immigration jail. Ever since immigration judge Saul Greenstein flagged the possibility that Mr. Palma...

How Many DOJ Attorneys Does It Take To Deport A U.S. Citizen?

At least six. Prof. Jacqueline Stevens explains . The pending court case is Dominquez v. Kerry .

The U.S. Keeps Deporting American Citizens

Meredith Hoffman, Mar. 8, 2016 - "The story is strikingly common: thousands of citizens have been unlawfully deported or detained by ICE in recent years, according to extensive research undertaken by Jacqueline Stevens, a political science professor at Northwestern University who directs the school's...

How Independent Are Immigration Judges? A Peek Behind the Curtain

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, June 19, 2016 - " Yesterday I bumped into an email from "PBZ"* to Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (ACIJ) Gary Smith. It documents everything Atlanta practitioners knew but couldn't exactly prove: 1) The Atlanta IJs were coordinating their rulings; 2) EOIR...

FOIA-ing the FOIA Manual! The Inside Scoop on USCIS and DHS Data Entry and Databases

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Aug. 30, 2016 - " A couple months ago, fed up with the randomness of Freedom of Information Act rote rejection letters from certain agencies - the State Department is the worst and USCIS had just lost a remand responsive to my appeal -- I got off the phone with the USCIS...

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...