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May 18, 2020

ICE sued over COVID-19 at detention facility

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York have filed a federal class-action lawsuit seeking better medical care for detainees at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia. The complaint filed Monday demands that ICE officials treat medically at-risk people in the facility according to Center for Disease Control and […]

Apr 26, 2019

Massachusetts judge and ex-official accused of preventing migrant’s arrest by ICE

A Massachusetts state court judge and a former court officer were charged by federal prosecutors Thursday with obstructing justice for allegedly preventing an immigration and customs officer from arresting an undocumented immigrant at a courthouse west of Boston last year. Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph, 51, and Wesley MacGregor, 56, a former trial court officer at […]

Apr 18, 2019

New York courts: No ICE arrests in courts without judicial warrant

NEW YORK (AP) — Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents looking to make arrests inside courthouses in New York can’t do so without judicial warrants or orders, according to a directive from the New York State Office of Court Administration that took effect Wednesday. The move was hailed by immigration advocates, who said courthouses in New […]

Feb 4, 2019

Homeland Security IG questions ICE’s oversight of detention facilities

WASHINGTON – Public and private contractors running immigration jails violated federal detention standards thousands of times in recent years – including failing to report allegations of sexual assaults and staff misconduct to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – but were fined only twice, according to a report issued Friday. The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspecto[...]

Feb 4, 2019

ICE confirms it is force-feeding detainees on hunger strike

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have confirmed they are force-feeding nine detainees who initiated a hunger strike at an El Paso, Texas, detention center. Ten detainees at the facility are under a self-imposed hunger strike, ICE spokeswoman Danielle Bennett said in an email Saturday. Of the 10, nine are from India and one is from […]

Sep 12, 2018

Trump administration diverted nearly $10 million from FEMA to ICE detention program, according to DHS document

The Trump administration appears to have diverted nearly $10 million in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency at the forefront of the president’s zero-tolerance immigration policy that led to the separation of hundreds of children, some as young as 18 months, from their parents. […]

Feb 14, 2018

Top Seattle ICE official charged with stealing immigrants’ identities

The top attorney for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle is accused of stealing immigrants’ identities in an attempt to defraud several credit card companies. Raphael A. Sanchez, ICE’s chief counsel in the city, was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to a charging document […]

Jan 19, 2018

ICE makes 46 arrests in recent roundup

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have arrested 46 foreign nationals during a recent five-day operation. Half of the arrested individuals had prior criminal convictions.  Of the 23 non-criminal immigration violators, four are fugitives and six illegally re-entered the country after being deported.  Criminal convictions of the 35 men and 11 women include: felony grand larceny, [&hel[...]

Aug 23, 2017

Immigrant group in Va. sues ICE over ‘collateral arrests’ it calls unconstitutional

Immigrant advocates in Virginia filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against four federal immigration agents over a practice known as “collateral arrests” that have helped boost the number of illegal immigrants apprehended under the Trump administration. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., claims that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents violated [&[...]

Apr 5, 2017

DHS: Immigration agents may arrest crime victims, witnesses at courthouses

Immigration agents may arrest crime victims and witnesses at courthouses, a homeland security official said Tuesday, highlighting a growing dispute between the Trump administration and some state court officials who fear the practice will hinder law enforcement work in their jurisdictions. “Just because they’re a victim in a certain case does not mean there’s not […]

Feb 16, 2017

ICE detains woman seeking domestic abuse protection at Texas courthouse

A hearing in El Paso County went from ordinary to “unprecedented” last week when half a dozen Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up at a courthouse where an undocumented woman was seeking a protective order against the boyfriend she accused of abusing her. The woman, a citizen of Mexico who was living in El […]

Feb 15, 2017

Immigration agents illegally detain Obama program ‘dreamer,’ lawsuit says

Federal immigration authorities have arrested and threatened to deport a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant who was living in the United States legally under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to a new lawsuit. It appears to be the first time that an immigrant covered by the program — which temporarily shields the […]

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