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Growing Number of Localities Limit Detention of Immigrants

Growing Number of Localities Limit Detention of Immigrants

At least 14 counties in Oregon have stopped honoring detainer requests from federal immigration officials. Their decisions followed a federal court ruling that officials in Clackamas County “violated one woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities without probable cause,” according to the Oregonian. Maria Miranda-Olivares sued Clackamas County after she was held [...]

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New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) sheds little light on the ongoing debate around who does and does not get deported from the United States. The report would have us believe that the federal government is knowingly letting tens of thousands of violent foreign-born criminals go free. It’s certainly a sensational [...]

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Removals Remain the Starkest Measure of Immigration Enforcement

Removals Remain the Starkest Measure of Immigration Enforcement

For more than a decade, the general thrust of U.S. immigration policy has been aimed at expanding the grounds of removal and the tools for facilitating deportations from the country. Not surprisingly, this has come at an enormous cost. Although the figure has been disputed by restrictionists, a report from the Migration Policy Institute recently [...]

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Use of Segregation in Immigration Detention has Harmful Effects

Use of Segregation in Immigration Detention has Harmful Effects

The U.S. immigration system continues to detain more and more noncitizens in federally-operated detention facilities, in private prisons, and in state and local prisons and jails across the country.  Currently, DHS detains approximately 34,000 persons every night, the majority of whom have no criminal history.  Over the last several years there have been numerous reports [...]

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Inspector General Finds Serious Problems with US-VISIT Program

Inspector General Finds Serious Problems with US-VISIT Program

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released results of their investigation into the US-VISIT program.  US-VISIT was created after 9/11 to track noncitizens’ entries into and exits from the U.S. to identify national security threats, individuals entering with fraudulent identities, and visa overstays.  Through US-VISIT, fingerprints and digital photographs [...]

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Doing the Math: Immigration Detention Costs a Pretty Penny

Doing the Math: Immigration Detention Costs a Pretty Penny

By Dan Gordon, Communications Associate, National Immigration Forum Congress will return to Washington after Labor Day amid talk of a “fiscal cliff,” yet loath to address the steep price American taxpayers shoulder to detain immigrants.

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DHS Says Safety Before Enforcement in the Face of Hurricane Isaac

DHS Says Safety Before Enforcement in the Face of Hurricane Isaac

Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a joint letter stating that immigration enforcement actions would not take place if Hurricane Isaac puts people’s lives in danger.

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Immigrants without Legal Representation Not Benefitting from Prosecutorial Discretion

Immigrants without Legal Representation Not Benefitting from Prosecutorial Discretion

After ICE Director John Morton issued a memo last June outlining how and when ICE officials should exercise prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases, many were optimistic that the memo’s implementation would relieve backlogs and help the agency focus on higher priority immigration cases. Months later, however, folks are finding that one large group of people [...]

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Crunching—and Clarifying—the Numbers on Prosecutorial Discretion

Crunching—and Clarifying—the Numbers on Prosecutorial Discretion

Late last year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) instructed its attorneys to review matters pending before immigration courts in search of low-priority cases warranting prosecutorial discretion. But of the approximately 300,000 immigrants now in deportation proceedings, how many stand to potentially benefit from the initiative? In recent days, immigrant advocates have fretted the figure could [...]

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ICE, Local Governments Make Important Changes to Immigration Detainer Policies

ICE, Local Governments Make Important Changes to Immigration Detainer Policies

Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding ICE’s Secure Communities program, there have been some recent positive developments on the issue of immigration detainers—a tool used by ICE and other DHS officials to identify potentially deportable individuals who are housed in jails or prisons nationwide. Local governments in New York, Illinois, California and now Washington D.C. have [...]

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