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  1. FAQ on Policies For Immigration Enforcement at Sensitive Locations

    by , 08-04-2016 at 08:43 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the Department of Homeland Security:

    Do the Department of Homeland Security’s policies concerning enforcement actions at or focused on sensitive locations remain in effect?

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have each issued and implemented policies concerning enforcement actions at or focused on sensitive locations. The ICE Sensitive Locations Policy and the CBP Sensitive Locations Policy remain in effect, and these FAQs are intended to clarify what types of locations are covered by those policies. ICE and CBP conduct their enforcement actions consistent with the Department of Homeland Security’s November 2014 memorandum, which prioritizes the removal of national security, border security, and public safety threats.

    What do the Department of Homeland Security policies require for enforcement actions to be carried out at sensitive locations?

    The policies provide that enforcement actions at or focused on sensitive locations such as schools, places of worship, and hospitals should generally be avoided, and that such actions may only take place when (a) prior approval is obtained from an appropriate supervisory official, or (b) there are exigent circumstances necessitating immediate action without supervisor approval. The policies are meant to ensure that ICE and CBP officers and agents exercise sound judgment when enforcing federal law at or focused on sensitive locations, to enhance the public understanding and trust, and to ensure that people seeking to participate in activities or utilize services provided at any sensitive location are free to do so, without fear or hesitation.

    What does the Department of Homeland Security mean by the term “sensitive location”?

    Locations covered by these policies would include, but not be limited to:

    • Schools, such as known and licensed daycares, pre-schools and other early learning programs; primary schools; secondary schools; post-secondary schools up to and including colleges and universities; as well as scholastic or education-related activities or events, and school bus stops that are marked and/or known to the officer, during periods when school children are present at the stop;
    • Medical treatment and health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities;
    • Places of worship, such as churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples;
    • Religious or civil ceremonies or observances, such as funerals and weddings; and
    • During public demonstration, such as a march, rally, or parade.

    What is an enforcement action?

    An enforcement action covered by this policy is any action taken by ICE or CBP to apprehend, arrest, interview, or search an individual, or to surveil an individual for enforcement purposes.

    Actions not covered by this policy include activities such as obtaining records, documents, and similar materials from officials or employees, providing notice to officials or employees, serving subpoenas, engaging in Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) compliance and certification visits, guarding or securing detainees, or participating in official functions or community meetings.

    Are courthouses sensitive locations?

    Courthouses do not fall under ICE or CBP’s policies concerning enforcement actions at or focused on sensitive locations. However, enforcement actions at courthouses will only be executed against individuals falling within the public safety priorities of DHS’s immigration enforcement priorities set forth in the November 20, 2014, memorandum from Secretary Johnson entitled Policies for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants. Such enforcement actions will, absent exigent circumstances, not lead to arrest of non-targeted individuals and will, wherever practicable, take place outside of public areas of the courthouse.

    Where should I report a DHS enforcement action that I believe may be inconsistent with these policies?

    There are a number of locations where an individual may lodge a complaint about a particular DHS enforcement action that may have taken place in violation of the sensitive locations policy. You may find information about these locations, and information about how to file a complaint, on the DHS, CBP, or ICE websites.

    You may contact ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) through the Detention Reporting and Information Line at (888)351-4024 or through the ERO information email address at, also available at The Civil Liberties Division of the ICE Office of Diversity and Civil Rights may be contacted at (202) 732-0092 or

    You may contact the CBP Information Center to file a complaint or compliment via phone at 1-877-227-5511, or submit an email through the website at
  2. The Mass Deportation Of Black Immigrants

    by , 08-03-2016 at 09:15 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, Immigration Reporter for ThinkProgress:

    "...deportation is part of the reality of the black immigrant experience. According to [a] forthcoming report by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and New York University Law School’s Immigrants Rights Clinic, black immigrants make up 7 percent of the total immigrant population (roughly 3.4 million people) and 10.6 percent of all immigrants in removal proceedings between 2003 and 2015. In the 2014 fiscal year, the ICE agency deported 1,203 African immigrants."

    Click here for the full article.
  3. Unannounced Random Inspections of CBP and ICE Detention Facilities

    by , 08-02-2016 at 07:57 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the office of the Inspector General:


    For Information Contact:

    Thursday, July 28, 2016 Public Affairs (202) 254-4100

    DHS OIG Completes Three Rounds of Unannounced RandomInspections of CBP and ICE Detention Facilities

    Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHSOIG) announced that it has completed three rounds of an ongoing program ofunannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) andImmigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. Since March,the OIG has inspected 57 different CBP detention facilities and 3 ICE familydetention facilities.

    The OIG initiated this inspection program in response to concerns raised byimmigrant rights groups and complaints to the DHS OIG Hotline regardingconditions for aliens in CBP and ICE custody. The OIG has worked closely withthese groups in developing its program. These unannounced spot inspectionsare intended to monitor DHS compliance with official government health,safety, and detention standards, and to examine conditions for minors at thosefacilities where minors are present. The inspection design included protocolsfor the OIG to promptly notify CBP and ICE of any serious concerns it identifiedto ensure they were immediately addressed and rectified.

    The DHS OIG is an independent oversight body within DHS, with the authorityto inspect and investigate all aspects of DHS programs and operations, and toreport its findings to the Secretary, Congress, and the public. The results ofthese inspections will be incorporated into a public report to be issued in thefall. “These unannounced inspections offer significant insight into theconditions at these facilities, and give the American public confidence in ourindependent and rigorous oversight of DHS’ treatment of immigrant detainees,”said Inspector General John Roth. “We will continue to conduct theseinspections to monitor conditions at ICE and CBP facilities across the country.”The Inspector General also commended ICE and CBP for their cooperationduring these inspections.

  4. Report: Mass Deportations Have Fueled a Humanitarian Crisis

    by , 07-28-2016 at 07:28 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The International Crisis Group (ICG) has issued a report entitled Easy Prey: Criminal Violence and Central American Migration. The report determined that the strategy employed by Mexico and the U.S. to deport waves of people has been ineffective to stop refugees from Central Americans from "fleeing endemic poverty" and "epidemic violence". They conclude that building a wall will merely deepen the humanitarian crisis while strengthening criminal networks that have turned Central America into a "criminal battleground".

    From the executive summary:

    Massive deportations from Mexico and the U.S. have failed to stem the tide of Central Americans fleeing endemic poverty combined with epidemic violence. Stepped up enforcement has diverted undocumented migration into more costly, circuitous and dangerous channels. Criminal gangs and the corrupt officials who enable them are the beneficiaries of a policy that forces desperate people to pay increasing sums to avoid detention, extortion or kidnapping. Beefed-up border control inadvertently fuels human smuggling and fortifies criminal gangs that increasingly control that industry. Governments must guarantee those fleeing violence the opportunity to seek asylum through fair, efficient procedures, while launching a major regional effort to provide security and economic opportunity in home countries. Central American leaders, especially in the northern triangle of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, must in turn address chronic insecurity more effectively while monitoring and assisting those deported, especially children and adolescents, so they have an option other than fleeing again.

    Click here to read the entire report.

    Updated 07-28-2016 at 08:52 AM by MKolken

  5. BIA Decisions on Orders of Atlanta-Dallas-Charlotte Immigration Courts

    by , 07-27-2016 at 11:13 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Thank you Bryan Johnson for doing the leg work on this:

    Updated 07-27-2016 at 11:27 AM by MKolken

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