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Jun 03, 2021

Immigrant Advocates Fear Re-Detention of Medically Vulnerable Immigrants in Pennsylvania

Owing to the catastrophic spread of the coronavirus, a federal judge last spring ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release detainees with certain medical conditions. Eighteen detainees were released but continued to appear for their immigration court hearings from outside detention facilities. » Read More

Apr 30, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Supreme Court Decision Expands Relief for Thousands of Immigrants Facing Deportation; New Jersey to Begin Issuing Driver’s Licenses to All Residents Regardless of Immigration Status; ICE Limits Arrests at Courthouses

New Hope to Immigrants Facing Deportation

On Thursday, April 29, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security failed to properly notify an immigrant regarding his obligation to appear for a hearing in removal proceedings. In a 6-3 decision, the Court held that federal law mandates that enforcement authorities include all statutorily required information – including the charges against them and where and when they must appear in court – in a single document, entitled a “notice to appear,” rather than in multiple documents spread out over days, months, or even years. » Read More

Apr 08, 2021

Latinx Immigrant Group Wants Philadelphia School District to Set Clear Rules for ICE

Troubled by the repetitive involvement of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in schools, a Latinx immigrant rights organization has asked the School District of Philadelphia to lay out clear rules and guidelines for ICE involvement on school premises. The group has also asked the school district to better train its staff and teachers. » Read More

Mar 18, 2021

ICE Investigators Use Private Database Covering Millions of Individuals to Pursue Immigration Violations

According to Georgetown Law researchers, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have bought private data containing millions of individuals’ phone, water, electricity, and other utility records. ICE will use these records to pursue immigration violations. ICE’s use of this private data shows how government agencies exploit commercial data to gain access to information that they are not to compile themselves. » Read More

Mar 11, 2021

Perry County Reverses Immigration Policies, Rejects “Sanctuary” Label

Pennsylvania’s Perry County Prison, in a county that has consistently extended its support to immigration officials, has ended a five-year policy meant to protect citizens from being unconstitutionally detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In part, the reason county officials ended the policy was that they did not relate to the “sanctuary county” designation. » Read More

Jan 07, 2021

Illegal Immigrants Arrested in FY 2020 Had Average of Four Criminal Convictions or Charges Each, ICE Says

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) published its year-end report, stating that the illegal immigrants arrested by ICE during fiscal year (FY) 2020 had an average of four criminal convictions or pending criminal charges each. The United States is home to about 10.5 million undocumented immigrants. » Read More