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A federal judge ruled that ICE violated FOIA.

 In December, a federal judge ruled that ICE violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) when it denied immigration lawyers access to their client’s files. ICE’s reasoning was that the clients in ICE custody were “fugitives,” but that is not one of the stated exceptions under FOIA. ICE used this justification for denying FOIA requests at least 333 times between July 21, 2017 and April 4, 2019. As of this week, the government has about a month remaining to appeal the decision.

ICE searched Hispanic grocery stores in the Atlanta area.

ICE agents executed search warrants at multiple branches of Super Mercado Jalisco, a Hispanic grocery chain. The investigation was IRS-led, and during the search ICE agents arrested 3 people suspected of being in the country illegally. The two families who run the Super Mercado Jalisco Atlanta stores also run various other businesses in the Atlanta area.

ICE used a military vehicle in New York, concerning locals.

The Special Response Team, a division of ICE, startled residents in Queens when it drove through the streets in an armored military vehicle called a BearCat. The vehicle was not being used for an immigration operation at this time. The Special Response Team was investigating a firearms suspect. Still, some fear that this was a show of force, and are concerned with an immigration organization possessing this type of military vehicles.

New York Times Magazine: How ICE Picks Its Targets in the Surveillance Age

Surveillance Age
The New York Times Magazine reports on ICE’s quiet embrace of big data, profiling the agency’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants in a Pacific Northwest community. Analysis of government-procurement records, interviews, and documents obtained via public-records requests reveals new evidence of surveillance of detainees’ voice and video calls at ICE facilities and extensive proof that the agency relies on state DMV databases and information products like Thomson Reuters’s CLEAR, short for Consolidated Lead Evaluation and Reporting, to target immigrants.

Is ICE Trying to Deport This U.S. Citizen? Francisco Galicia Remains in Limbo Two Months After Release

The Dallas Morning News reports that a U.S. citizen high school student who was in custody for 23 days after being detained at a Border Patrol checkpoint was recently informed by ICE that his case has been filed in immigration court.

Massive Raid Adds to Migrant Fears, Endangers Due Process

DHS conducted what is reportedly the largest single-state worksite enforcement raid in U.S. history. According to the Clarion Ledger, local Mississippi schools were on standby to help children whose parents were among the 680 individuals arrested.

District Court Orders Timely Bond Hearings for Detained Asylum Seekers

In Padilla v. ICE, the court issued a preliminary injunction requiring the government to provide certain detained asylum seekers with a bond hearing within seven days of a bond hearing request and to release those individuals whose detention time exceeds that limit.

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