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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.

July 7, 2017 ICE Memo on Implementing Trump’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Plan

A memorandum dated February 21, 2017, obtained by ProPublica via FOIA, shows guidance ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers received, stating that regardless of criminal histories, “ERO officers will take enforcement action against all removable aliens encountered in the course of their duties.” The memo also contains guidance on detention, stating that “the agency is currently expanding detention space to support the E.O.’s termination of ‘catch-and-release’ policies.” Additionally the memo discusses the use of parole and other release, the processing and treatment of unaccompanied children, and more. For more information, read this ProPublica article, “ICE Officers Told to Take Action Against All Undocumented Immigrants Encountered While on Duty.”

Get Ready! Prosecutorial Discretions are being Revoked.

Question: I was in Immigration Court about 2 years ago and had no relief. However, I did not have any crimes either and my attorney made a motion for prosecutorial discretion. However, last week, I was arrested for DUI. I did not even have to plea as the case was dismissed. There was no evidence and I have no conviction. However, the arrest prompted ICE to revoke my Prosecutorial Discretion. What happens now?

Answer: Under U.S. immigration law, prosecutorial discretion (PD) refers to the power that ICE has to discontinue working on a deportation case. ICE can exercise its PD in many different ways. For example, ICE can join you in asking an immigration judge to close your case. Prosecutorial discretion used to be under Obama one of the most important aspects of Immigration Law. Immigration Prosecutors can choose not to prosecute a crime for which someone is arrested. They can decide to pursue less serious charges. They can basically decide not to issue the Notice to Appear and begin Removal Proceedings.

However, under Trump, this has changed. Prosecutorial Discretion is all but dead. It is very rarely being issued. There are, of course, situations where it is still merited, but nothing like before. Additionally, ICE is revoking grants of PD left and right. Therefore, it becomes necessary for you to know your rights.

You do not have to sign a voluntary deportation;
You can fight your case in front of the Immigration Judge; and
You can still get detained;
You can make a motion to get bonded out.

Therefore, you will note that ICE officials in many cases will not tell you the truth and will lie about what you can and cannot do. You MUST know that you can fight your case and the fact that the Prosecutorial Discretion was denied and/or revoked is no reason to give up. It just means you must fight your case now.

Question: But how can I fight? What should I do?

Answer: First, get a qualified Immigration Attorney. Each case is different. This means that depending on your situation, the particular forms of relief will be different. We might be able to apply for Cancellation of Removal or Adjustment of Status, or Waivers of a variety of different kinds, or Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Convention Against Torture or a number of other forms of relief. What is important is that you can fight your case. Simply because Trump has decided to issue orders revoking Prosecutorial Discretion does not mean your path has ended.

Immigration Attorneys across the country are fighting every order that Trump makes. He cannot simply make the Immigration and Nationality Act disappear, or the Code of Federal Regulations, or the Policy Memos or the Foreign Affairs Manual. We are a country of Laws and one man, even if President of the U.S., cannot simply dictate and make all of that disappear.

We are fighting one case at a time and ultimately, we will prevail and the tides will turn. Trump is already seeing through his Muslim Ban, that he cannot simply sign a paper and think it becomes law.

 

 

TRUMP’s Budget aims for Massive Deportations

The proposed budget aims to dramatically increase immigration enforcement and border security funding to the tune of $300 million above current spending levels to facilitate the deportation of thousands of families and people who have strong ties to the United States and pose no threat to public safety. The proposed budget would also provide funds to increase immigration detention by 66 percent and hire an extra 500 Border Patrol officers and 1,000 additional ICE agents. Additionally, the budget also designates $1.6 billion to fun

Trump Replaces Acting Attorney General and Acting ICE Director

As reported in today’s Immigration Politics Ticker, last night President Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, after she ordered DOJ not to defend Trump’s Executive Order (EO) barring foreign nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries and refugees against legal challenges. Trump replaced Yates with Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, who will serve as acting Attorney General until the Attorney General nominee is confirmed. Also last night, President Trump appointed Thomas D. Homan as acting ICE Director, to replace acting ICE Director Daniel Ragsdale.

ICE on Fingerprints

ICE provided FAQs on an agreement between USCIS and ICE that establishes a process for updating fingerprint checks on non-detained respondents with cases pending before EOIR whose fingerprints have been taken, but whose fingerprint checks will expire prior to a final decision by EOIR (i.e., the checks are more than 15 months old).
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