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Human Rights Watch: Drug Deportations on the Rise

Deportations of non-citizens with drug convictions skyrocketed between 2007 and 2012, according to a new report by the advocacy group Human Rights Watch. The group analyzed data obtained from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as more than 130 interviews with affected immigrants, families, attorneys, and law enforcement officials. Deportations after convictions for drug possession rose 43 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to the report, and deportations after convictions for sales, smuggling, manufacture, or trafficking increased 23 percent. […]

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Fast Track to Deportation

They're housed in cells and guarded by armed officers and barbed wire, but most of the approximately 30,000 people in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers have not committed criminal violations. Residing in the United States illegally is a civil code violation — the type of transgression for which detention cannot be used as a punishment — but most ICE detention centers are modeled after prisons and jails, according to Dora Schriro, commissioner of the New York City […]

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New Orleans Jail Refuses Immigration Detentions; First Southern City to Act

The Orleans Parish Sheriff, under a federal consent decree to implement widespread changes to its troubled jail, will no longer detain people whom the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau suspects are in the U.S. illegally, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Under Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s new policy, the office will decline voluntary immigration detention requests, unless an individual is being held on felony charges for violent crimes. The new policy was filed in federal court as part of the settlement […]

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ICE Agrees to New Regulations in Warrantless Raid Settlement

This post originally appeared in Voices of New York, by way of El Diario La Prensa. Voices of New York curates journalism from community and ethnic publications and when necessary translates the work into English. Twenty-two Latinos will receive compensation for damages from a settlement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as a result of illegal raids the agency carried out on Long Island in 2006 and 2007. The $1 million settlement also requires ICE to adopt new regulations nationally […]

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Secure Communities Mandatory for Local Law Enforcement: ICE Memo

Two years after the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program was implemented, federal officials determined that choices available to local law enforcement agencies that wished to decline or limit their participation would be “streamlined” or “eliminated,” making the information-sharing program mandatory, according to a memo recently made public and quoted by the Los Angeles Times. Launched in 2008, Secure Communities was promoted to local and state leaders as a way to focus immigration enforcement efforts on “serious convicted criminals.” The program, […]

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Can ICE Police Itself?

As the eight-year-long effort to implement the landmark Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) nears conclusion, people who run afoul of the nation's immigration laws could still find themselves beyond the reach of federal protection of prisoners from sexual abuse. Immigrants in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are among the country's most vulnerable detainees. Many speak little English, and fear retribution if they report sexual or physical abuse. But a proposed rule released in January by the Department […]

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In a Shift, Feds Urge More Discretion in Immigrant Deportations

In a sweeping change, federal immigration enforcement is shifting toward faster deportations of convicted criminals and fewer deportations of many illegal immigrants with no criminal record, reports the New York Times. The Department of Homeland Security is beginning a review of all deportation cases before the immigration courts and will start a nationwide training program for enforcement agents and prosecuting lawyers, The accelerated triage of the court docket — about 300,000 cases — is intended to allow severely overburdened immigration […]

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