Interior Enforcement

DHS Launches Controversial Immigration Victims Office

Written by on April 27, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
DHS Launches Controversial Immigration Victims Office

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a new office for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) on April 26, declaring that its “singular mission is to support victims of crime through access to information and resources.” Originally proposed in the Trump administration’s interior enforcement executive order, the office seeks to be a “programmatic liaison […]

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Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan to Withhold Funding From Sanctuary Cities

Written by on April 26, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan to Withhold Funding From Sanctuary Cities

In the latest judiciary blow to the Trump administration’s immigration agenda, a U.S. District Court Judge blocked the president’s plans to deny funding to jurisdictions deemed uncooperative on federal immigration enforcement. The administration had hoped to end so-called “sanctuary cities” by forcing them into compliance with federal law. However, these cities already comply with federal […]

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Spike in Corruption Followed Last Hiring Surge at CBP and ICE

Spike in Corruption Followed Last Hiring Surge at CBP and ICE

When President Trump signed three immigration executive orders in January of this year, much of the attention was focused on the travel ban and border wall. But within those orders is another proposal that is equally troubling: his call for hiring 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records Are Being Targeted, Despite Claims

Written by on April 21, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records Are Being Targeted, Despite Claims

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kelly stated this week that DHS is not targeting undocumented immigrants simply for being undocumented. Kelly asserted that the department is focusing on people that are undocumented “plus,” categorizing this as an immigrant that has another factor—such as criminal activity—that makes them a priority beyond their undocumented presence […]

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Immigrants With No Criminal Record Are Now Being Arrested At Twice the Rate

Written by on April 20, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment
Immigrants With No Criminal Record Are Now Being Arrested At Twice the Rate

Under the Trump administration, immigration enforcement has become increasingly unfocused. Rather than prioritizing the apprehension and removal of immigrants who have committed serious crimes, enforcement personnel are now scooping up anyone who is deportable for any reason. This lack of prioritization has translated into a surge in immigration-related arrests across the board. The jump in […]

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ICE’s Public Shaming Detainer Reports Were So Inaccurate They Had to Stop Publishing Them

Written by on April 13, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
ICE’s Public Shaming Detainer Reports Were So Inaccurate They Had to Stop Publishing Them

After issuing only three weekly declined detainer reports, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will temporarily cease publishing them. Initiated by President Trump’s January executive order on interior enforcement, ICE had begun to release weekly lists of jurisdictions that declined immigration detainers. These lists—proposed as a means to track which law enforcement agencies had refused ICE’s […]

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Immigration Arrests Increase While Weapon and Drug Arrests Decline, Federal Data Shows

Written by on April 12, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Immigration Arrests Increase While Weapon and Drug Arrests Decline, Federal Data Shows

Attorney General Jeff Sessions decried drug dealers and armed cartels at the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday, but rather than announcing a crackdown on those elements, he instead declared war on undocumented immigrants and those who defend them. Sessions announced that he was instructing U.S. Attorneys to prioritize criminal immigration enforcement around the country as opposed […]

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What You Need to Know About ICE’s Arrests at Courthouses

Written by on April 6, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
What You Need to Know About ICE’s Arrests at Courthouses

According to their own guidance on the subject, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is supposed to practice restraint when it comes to arresting people at “sensitive locations” such as schools, churches, and hospitals—as well as “any organization assisting children, pregnant women, victims of crime or abuse, or individuals with significant mental or physical disabilities.” […]

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Millions of Children, Citizens Impacted by U.S. Immigration Enforcement

Written by on April 3, 2017 in Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Millions of Children, Citizens Impacted by U.S. Immigration Enforcement

Increased attention to immigration enforcement in 2017 has propelled the serious issue of children being separated from an undocumented parent into national headlines. The stories of children, including U.S. citizens, being forcibly separated from a parent are sadly multiplying. In March, for example, 13-year-old Fatima Avelica witnessed and recorded Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents […]

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Administration’s Public Shaming Immigration Detainer Report Released

Written by on March 23, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Administration’s Public Shaming Immigration Detainer Report Released

The immigration executive order on interior enforcement signed by the President in January instructed the Department of Homeland Security to release a weekly list of jurisdictions that declined immigration detainers. On March 20, the Trump administration released the first Declined Detainer Outcome Report (DDOR). This report and the documentation surrounding it raise serious concerns about […]

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