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ICE Not Following Its Own Rules on Releasing Pregnant People

There are indications that ICE has revoked a policy issued in August 2016 recommending that pregnant people “generally not be detained” and is currently detaining pregnant people “at the rate of one per day.” Cases of pregnant women being detained by ICE have been detailed in an administrative complaint filed with DHS on behalf of these women.

Immigration Raids Are Sweeping Up More People Who Weren’t Targets

TIME reports that undocumented immigrants are being swept up in immigration raids targeting their friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Under the Trump administration’s new enforcement priorities, ICE is instructed to detain and deport anyone who is in the country illegally, which means even so-called “non-targets” are ending up in custody after a raid.

ACLU and Center for Gender and Refugee Studies Reach FOIA Settlement Agreement with ICE

The ACLU and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies reached a settlementagreement with ICE in a suit brought regarding delays in the production of information requested via FOIA on ICE’s detention of asylum seekers who are found to have a credible fear of persecution. Among other things, ICE agreed to provide an informal description of the documents withheld in their entirety and written justification for such withholding.

Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is Overwhelming a Strained System

The number of pending cases in immigration courts looks poised to grow as the Trump administration begins removing undocumented immigrants who weren’t previously targeted. AILA board member Jeremy McKinney explained that the 2014 migrant wave at the southern border first put a strain on the interior immigration courts

DOJ rescinds Memorandum on Use of Private Prisons

On February 21, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) rescinding former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates’ August 18, 2016, memo entitled “Reducing Our Use of Private Prisons,” which aimed to sharply scale back DOJ’s use of private prison contractors in the federal prison system. The memo from Sessions eliminates the review of private prison contracts at the end of their term, and directs the BOP to return to its previous approach with regard to the use of private prisons.

CBP holding people in inhuman conditions

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona issued an order finding that CBP is violating the constitutional rights of immigration detainees by holding them in conditions of confinement that fail to meet their basic human needs, and directing CBP to take certain steps to improve conditions in those facilities, known as hieleras. The injunction stems from a class action lawsuit filed in June 2015 by a group of immigration detainees who alleged that they were subjected to inhumane and punitive conditions during their confinement in Tucson Sector CBP holding facilities.

Former Immigration Judges and BIA Members Slam DHS on Immigration Detention System

On October 31, 2016, former Immigration Judges and BIA members sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to express concern and disappointment regarding the dramatic increase in the numbers of men, women, and children detained by ICE, stating, “On the basis of our experiences as immigration jurists, we know this expansion comes at the expense of basic rights and due process.”

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