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Why is Immigration & Customs Enforcement Still Fighting For Its Runaway Detainer Regime?

Why is Immigration & Customs Enforcement Still Fighting For Its Runaway Detainer Regime?

By Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 5:13pm
Ada Morales, a long-time resident of Rhode Island, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1995. Yet in 2009, when she was arrested by Rhode Island authorities for an unrelated state charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued an immigration hold, or "detainer," against her. Explaining that an "investigation had been initiated" to determine her immigration status, ICE asked the Rhode Island authorities to keep her in jail even after her local custody ended.
For U.S. Citizen Caught in Immigration Web, a Step Towards Justice

For U.S. Citizen Caught in Immigration Web, a Step Towards Justice

By Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:45pm

Should a mother have to spend the night in a jail cell – with no warrant, no probable cause, and no opportunity to contest her detention – just because the feds want to investigate her immigration status? We think the answer is clearly no. Wednesday…

ICE's New Policy Doesn't Fix the Constitutional Problems with Detainers

ICE's New Policy Doesn't Fix the Constitutional Problems with Detainers

By Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 2:07pm

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claims that its recently announced new policy on immigration detainers is a major step toward “smarter immigration enforcement,” and it seems to have convinced some editorial boards that that’s…

Federal court calls FBI to account for the unlawful imprisonment of U.S. citizen Abdullah al-Kidd

Federal court calls FBI to account for the unlawful imprisonment of U.S. citizen Abdullah al-Kidd

By Dror Ladin, ACLU National Security Project & Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 10:42am

Abdullah al-Kidd is a Kansas-born American citizen, a father, and a graduate of the University of Idaho where he was a star football player.  And in 2003, he became the victim of the FBI’s misuse of a little-known federal law to imprison…

Immigration Dragnet Sweeps Up Domestic Violence Victims

By Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 6:09pm

States across the country are pushing back against the Obama administration, challenging the Department of Homeland Securities' (DHS) so-called "Secure Communities" program. The governors of three states — Illinois, New York, and…

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