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Circuit Court Ruling Affirms Detainers Not Mandatory

Circuit Court Ruling Affirms Detainers Not Mandatory

As communities continue to debate the harmful impact of large scale immigration enforcement programs such as Secure Communities, the 287(g) Program and the Criminal Alien Program, much of the discussion has centered on the use of “detainers.” –  Detainers are requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to state and local jailers and officials asking [...]

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Detention Bed Mandate is Just One Example of How Immigration is Being Criminalized

Detention Bed Mandate is Just One Example of How Immigration is Being Criminalized

For more than a century, study after study has confirmed two simple yet powerful truths about the relationship between immigration and crime: immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are not associated with higher rates of either violent or property crime. Unfortunately, [...]

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New ICE Detainer Guidance Too Little, Too Late

New ICE Detainer Guidance Too Little, Too Late

On the Friday before Christmas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released new guidance on immigration “detainers,” the lynchpin of agency enforcement programs involving cooperation with local police. In the new guidance, ICE Director John Morton instructed agency employees to only file detainers against immigrants who represent agency “priorities.” Unfortunately, as with prior agency memos [...]

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Will the Third Time Be the Charm for the TRUST Act in California?

Will the Third Time Be the Charm for the TRUST Act in California?

For the third time in three years, lawmakers in California will seek passage of the TRUST Act, a so-called “anti-Arizona” bill that would limit the ability of local authorities to honor requests from immigration authorities to continue detaining individuals on behalf of the federal government. Although Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar version of the [...]

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Restrictionists Misrepresent Data on Immigration Enforcement

Restrictionists Misrepresent Data on Immigration Enforcement

Some members of Congress are intent on portraying the Obama administration as “weak” on immigration enforcement, and they aren’t going to let facts get in their way.  Yesterday, for example, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released new data on individuals who had been identified through Secure Communities (S-Comm) but against whom ICE had not taken [...]

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Immigration Court Backlog Keeps Growing (and Growing, and Growing…)

Immigration Court Backlog Keeps Growing (and Growing, and Growing…)

Two recent reports from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) contain discouraging news about the backlog in our nation’s immigration courts. One noted that the number of pending removal proceedings has reached a record high, while the other reported that a relatively small number of cases have been closed through the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. [...]

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Why the Administration Should Avoid a Fight Over Anti-Detainer Laws

Why the Administration Should Avoid a Fight Over Anti-Detainer Laws

Yesterday’s TIME Magazine carried a story on what it billed as the Obama administration’s “next immigration battle”—the spread of state and local laws around the country preventing jails from holding immigrant detainees on behalf of the federal government. California and Chicago appear poised to join the list, and federal officials have floated the possibility of [...]

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In California, TRUST Act One Step Closer to Becoming Law

In California, TRUST Act One Step Closer to Becoming Law

The California state Senate overwhelmingly approved the TRUST Act on Thursday, marking a significant step for a piece of legislation aimed at limiting the humanitarian impact of the Secure Communities program. The bill must still pass the state Assembly and be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown to become law, but its success thus far represents [...]

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Updated Figures Highlight Shortfalls of Prosecutorial Discretion Program

Updated Figures Highlight Shortfalls of Prosecutorial Discretion Program

As reported in today’s New York Times, the Department of Homeland Security has reviewed nearly 300,000 pending deportation cases over the past seven months in search of low-priority immigrants deserving prosecutorial discretion. While immigrant advocates cheered the policy when it was announced, figures released yesterday suggest that the program is not only falling short of [...]

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DC Passes Act Limiting District’s Response to ICE’s Immigration Detainers

DC Passes Act Limiting District’s Response to ICE’s Immigration Detainers

Today, ICE activated the Secure Communities program in Washington, DC, sparking fear in immigrant communities that the program will result in racial profiling and the deportation of non-priority immigrants as it has in other jurisdictions. With Secure Communities active, the fingerprints of all persons booked into DC jails will be sent to the FBI and [...]

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