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  1. Press Conference Calling for Reforms to Broken Immigration Detention System

    by , 10-16-2017 at 09:16 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Media Advisory -- For Planning Purposes
    October 16, 2017
    Contact: Rebecca Bryant (SMITH), 202-225-8901,
    Omer Farooque (JAYAPAL), 202-450-0088,

    Smith, Jayapal to Hold Press Conference Calling for Reforms to Broken Immigration Detention System

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, October 16, Representatives Adam Smith (WA-09) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) will host a press conference on their recently introduced Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, legislation to reform systemic problems in our immigration detention system.

    The current detention system is inhumane, unjust and driven by private, for-profit corporations. The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act will end the use of private facilities and repeal mandatory detention, while restoring due process, oversight, accountability and transparency to the immigration detention system.


    • Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09)
    • Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
    • Jorge L. Barón, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
    • Roxana Norouzi, OneAmerica
    • Victoria Mena, WA Immigrant Solidarity Network / Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
    • Yvette Maganya, OneAmerica Youth Leader, niece of a survivor of the Northwest Detention Center

    When: Monday, October 16, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

    Where: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
    615 2nd Ave, 1st floor atrium, Seattle, WA 98104

    The press conference will be streamed live via Rep. Smith here and Rep. Jayapal here.

    Media interested in attending the press conference are requested to RSVP to Rebecca Bryant with Rep. Smith at or Omer Farooque with Rep. Jayapal at

  2. ICE Statement on California Sanctuary Law

    by , 10-06-2017 at 03:20 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Immigration and Customs Enforcement:

    For Immediate Release

    For media inquiries about ICE activities, operations, or policies, contact the ICE Office of Public Affairs at (202) 732-4242.

    Statement from ICE Acting Director Tom Homan on California Sanctuary Law

    Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to sign SB54 and make California a sanctuary state for illegal aliens – including those who have committed crimes – will undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission. The governor is simply wrong when he claims otherwise.

    SB54 will negatively impact ICE operations in California by nearly eliminating all cooperation and communication with our law enforcement partners in the state, voiding the delegated authority that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has under the 287g program, and prohibiting local law enforcement from contracting with the federal government to house detainees.

    ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community. ICE will also likely have to detain individuals arrested in California in detention facilities outside of the state, far from any family they may have in California.

    Ultimately, SB54 helps shield removable aliens from immigration enforcement and creates another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect.

    Despite the severe challenges that this law creates for ICE, we remain committed to our public safety mission and we will continue to do our sworn duty to seek out dangerous criminal aliens and other immigration violators. ICE seeks straightforward cooperation with all sheriffs and local elected officials. This misguided legislation will severely undermine those efforts.
  3. Judge won't release Iraq War veteran fighting deportation

    by , 10-05-2017 at 11:58 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via ABC News:

    An immigration judge in Washington state declined to release an Iraq War veteran from custody Wednesday while he fights the government's efforts to deport him.

    Chong Kim, a South Korean immigrant and green card holder from Portland, Oregon, struggled with drug addiction, homelessness and post-traumatic stress following his time in Iraq in 2009 and 2010, leading to convictions for burglary and other charges.

    Kim's lawyer and friends have said he has done well since completing a substance abuse treatment program run by the Department of Veterans Affairs early this year.

    But immigration agents arrested him in April and brought him to a detention center in Tacoma, Washington. They plan to deport him because of his convictions.

    Click here for the rest of the story.
  4. Deportations Slow Under Trump

    by , 10-04-2017 at 07:42 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Never you worry Mr. Obama, your deportation record is safe.

    Via the Washington Post:

    Despite President Trump’s push for tougher immigration enforcement, U.S. agents are on pace to deport fewer people in the government’s 2017 fiscal year than during the same period last year, the latest statistics show.

    Trump took office pledging to round up as many as 3 million drug dealers, gang members and other criminals he said were living in the United States illegally. But the most recent figures from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicate the government may be having a hard time finding enough eligible “bad hombres,” as the president described them, to quickly meet those targets.

    As of Sept. 9, three weeks before the end of the 2017 fiscal year, ICE had deported 211,068 immigrants, according to the most recent figures provided by the agency. ICE removed 240,255 people during the government’s 2016 fiscal year.

    Click here for the full story.
  5. SCOTUS Hears Arguments on Indefinite Detention for Certain Immigrants

    by , 10-03-2017 at 08:52 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Supreme Court will hear arguments today (October 3, 2017) on Jennings v. Rodriguez, a case involving the question of whether certain immigrants should have the right to a custody determination hearing.


    Issues: (1) Whether aliens seeking admission to the United States who are subject to mandatory detention under 8 U.S.C. § 1225(b) must be afforded bond hearings, with the possibility of release into the United States, if detention lasts six months; (2) whether criminal or terrorist aliens who are subject to mandatory detention under Section 1226(c) must be afforded bond hearings, with the possibility of release, if detention lasts six months; and (3) whether, in bond hearings for aliens detained for six months under Sections 1225(b), 1226(c), or 1226(a), the alien is entitled to release unless the government demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that the alien is a flight risk or a danger to the community, whether the length of the alien’s detention must be weighed in favor of release, and whether new bond hearings must be afforded automatically every six months.

    Click here for full SCOTUSBlog coverage.
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