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Tag: ICE

Immigration Officers Deporting Repeat Offenders Before Conclusion of Court Hearings

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Immigration officials are angering some immigration attorneys, who say the agency is wrongly deporting immigrants before their court hearings are completed. Immigration officials say these immigrants violated previous deportation orders. Immigration attorneys say once the case goes before a judge, it’s up to the judge to decide what to do, not immigration officers.

By Anna Gorman
Los Angeles Times

Fernando Arteaga appeared last week in Immigration Court as part of a lengthy battle to stay in the United States. But just before the hearing began, immigration officers removed him from the courtroom, arrested him and took him into custody.

Several hours later, agents deported him to Mexico — even though his court case was still underway.

Arteaga, 44, is among a small number of immigrants picked up in recent weeks by immigration agents at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. All of the people arrested there had been previously deported and all had criminal records, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice.

Immigration agents are reinstating previous orders of deportation, Kice said, which “enables the nation’s immigration judges to focus on the cases of those aliens who have not had their day in court.”

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Homeland to Crack Down on Employers Who Hire Illegal Immigrants

This new policy should be more effective than focusing on the illegal immigrants. But can  ICE  pull this off effectively?  That is the real question.

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

Ginger Thompson
New York Times
WASHINGTON – In an effort to crack down on illegal labor, the Department of Homeland Security intends to step up enforcement efforts against employers who knowingly hire such workers.

Under guidelines to be issued Thursday to Immigration and Customs Enforcement field offices, agents will be instructed to take aim at employers and supervisors for prosecution “through the use of carefully planned criminal investigations.”

Senior officials of the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday that illegal workers would continue to be detained in raids on workplaces. But the officials said they hoped to mark an abrupt departure from past practices by making those arrests as part of an effort to build criminal and civil cases against employers.

Under the Bush administration, the officials said, most raids were conducted largely on the basis of tips that an employer was hiring illegal workers, rather than on information gleaned from audits of employer records or undercover investigations. As a result, agents rounded up thousands of illegal immigrants but rarely developed the evidence necessary to show whether businesses were knowingly using illegal labor.

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Calif. Rep. Loretta Sanchez Voices Concern Over Lack of Interagency Cooperation Between DEA and Border Agencies to Fight Cartels

Rep. Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ (D-Calif) expressed concern Wednesday about  the need for better cooperation between  DEA and border agencies to fight drug cartels.

Responding to a Government Accountability Office report, the California Congresswoman said: 
“A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report highlighting the lack of interagency cooperation between our leading border and drug enforcement agencies is concerning. Coordination and cooperation between DEA, ICE, and CBP is crucial to defeating drug cartel organizations operating near our southern border and I echo the GAO’s call for the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security to improve and enhance effectiveness in interagency partnerships.

“As the Chairwoman of Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism, I will continue to monitor the relationships between these agencies and consult with the appropriate officials. An effective, transparent partnership between DEA, ICE, and CBP is crucial to America’s safety and security.”

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ICE to Open New Office in Tulsa

In a sign of stepping up enforcement of illegal workers, ICE is opening this new office.

By OMER GILLHAM
Tulsa World Staff Writer
iceTULSA — Immigration officials are opening a new office in Tulsa to investigate human trafficking, drug smuggling and the employment of illegal workers at potential terrorist targets such as oil refineries and airports, an official said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is establishing a Resident Agent in Charge Office in Tulsa, said John Chakwin, special agent in charge of ICE’s Office of Investigations in Dallas.

The establishment of the new office with ICE funding is being announced Monday.

The Resident Agent in Charge Office is expected to open officially in late August and will be located at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Chakwin said.

“This office will have all the investigative powers of handling crimes and incidents involving the U.S. border,” Chakwin said.

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ICE Agents to Target Employers Over Laborers

Here’s an interesting shift in policy and it appears to be a more efficient way to address the problem. We’ll see if it works.

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By Josh Meyer and Anna Gorman
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Stepping into the political minefield of immigration reform, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napaolitano will soon direct federal agents to emphasize targeting American employers for arrest and prosecution over the laborers who enter the country illegally to work for them, department officials said Monday.

The shift in emphasis will be outlined in revamped field guidelines issued to agents of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division as early as this week, according to several officials familiar with the change in policy.

It is in keeping with comments that President Barack Obama made during last year’s campaign, when he said past enforcement efforts have failed because they focused on illegal immigrants rather than the companies that hire them.

“There is a supply side and a demand side,” said one Homeland Security official. “Like other law-enforcement philosophies, there is a belief that by focusing more on the demand side, you cut off the supply.”

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Homeland Chief Puts the Brakes on Immigration Raids

The new Homeland Security is putting the brakes on business as usual on Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. That’s a good thing. It was needed. But now let’s see what changes ultimately come about. Hopefully it leads to a smarter policy.

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
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Janet Napolitano/gov photo

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has delayed a series of proposed immigration raids and other enforcement actions at U.S. workplaces in recent weeks, asking agents in her department to apply more scrutiny to the selection and investigation of targets as well as the timing of raids, federal officials said.
A senior department official said the delays signal a pending change in whom agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement choose to prosecute — increasing the focus on businesses and executives instead of ordinary workers.

“ICE is now scrutinizing these cases more thoroughly to ensure that [targets] are being taken down when they should be taken down, and that the employer is being targeted and the surveillance and the investigation is being done how it should be done,” said the official, discussing Napolitano’s views about sensitive law enforcement matters on the condition of anonymity.

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Homeland Sec. Adviser Admits ICE Needs To Improve Treatment of Immigrant Detainees

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For USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — For some time, concerns have been expressed about immigration detention, medical care and the general treatment of ICE detainees. We are beginning to see progress, even in the midst of ICE’s swift ramp-up since its inception in 2003, but I believe we have a good deal more we can do.

Fortunately, my boss agrees with me. Shortly after being confirmed, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recognized an urgent need to closely examine immigration detention.

She created a new position within ICE to focus exclusively on the significant growth in immigration detention over the last five years and the conditions of detention, including detainee health care.

Secretary Napolitano selected me to serve as her special adviser to review detention strategies and detainee health care. I will conduct a thoughtful review, drawing from my extensive experience. My charge is to work with others to identify and capitalize on opportunities to improve the detention operations of ICE.

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New Head of ICE Has Far More Experience than Predecessor

Sounds like a good trade off, replacing the former head of ICE, who was well-connected but had little experience with someone who is less connected but more experienced. Not that it hurts to have connections here in Washington. But it shouldn’t override key things like experience.

By AllGov

If John Morton is confirmed as the head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he will be a marked contrast to the last person to hold the post, President Bush’s appointee, Julie Myers.

Myers was well-connected, but had little experience. Morton, on the other hand, is a low-key career federal prosecutor who has handled immigration crime, and has quietly worked for the past 15 years for the Department of Justice (DOJ), helping develop policies attacking human smuggling and passport and visa fraud.

Morton began his career as a trial attorney in the Justice Department’s honors program in 1994, serving for two and a half years as counsel to the Deputy Attorney General and focusing primarily on immigration matters.

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