Not Just A Number: Repealing the Detention Quota Regime

In 2007, Congress passed a bipartisan appropriations bill that discretely embedded several riders and conditions on federal funding allocations that have had a tremendous effect on immigration proceedings in the United States ever since. One such provision in the statute … Continue reading

ICE Proposes Changes to SEVP for International Students

By Danielle Beach-Oswald On November 20, 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a News Release announcing proposed changes to international student programs. According to ICE’s website, “ICE is proposing changes to the requirements governing its Student and Exchange … Continue reading

Cold as ICE: Government Detainers failing to Target Serious Criminals

By: James Sellars JD/MA Candidate, American University In a 2010 agency-wide memo describing the Obama Administration’s approach to immigration enforcement, former ICE director John Morton stated that “the removal of aliens who pose a danger to national security or a … Continue reading

Sanchez-Herbert – Failure to Appear/In Absentia Complications

By: Helena Coric* An overwhelming amount of sources discuss the backlog problems our immigration system is facing. In deportation proceedings, the difficulties become more apparent as hearings are delayed and one is left to simply wait it out. For those … Continue reading

Statistics Emphasize the Dangers of Over-Simplifying the Deportation Process

By: Helena Coric* The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) recently released some striking information about U.S. federal immigration enforcement. The data is effectively broken up by nationality, geographic location, year and type of immigration charge. It provides a better understand … Continue reading

IMPROPER PROCEDURES IN US IMMIGRATION DETAINMENT FACILITIES

  By: John Nicholas Mandalakas* A recent report, titled “Invisible in Isolation,” documents the growth of immigration detention facilities and investigates the nature and procedure of the confinement therein.  Facilities used for detaining immigrants in theUnited Statesare equivalent to facilities … Continue reading

WITH GOVERNMENT AT STANDSTILL, PRIVATE ENTERPRISE BEGINS TO TAKE ACTION

  By: John Nicholas Mandalakas* It seems like when you hear immigration today, everyone is centered on migrant workers seeking unskilled jobs, but there is a huge section of immigration that is often overlooked. Take for instance, the American Scientist … Continue reading

Additional Areas Added to OPT – STEM Eligibility for 17 Month Extension

The Department of Homeland Security has included additional degrees to the list of Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) codes. According to the DHS interim final rule (IFR) of April 2008, nonimmigrant students who graduate with a science, technology, engineering, or … Continue reading

SECURE COMMUNITIES SHUT DOWN OR A BIRD OF A DIFFERENT COLOR

Finally, the day has come where some common sense has been injected into 287(g) Secure communities program that should never have been implemented to start with and was doomed to failure from its inception. This program trained local officers to … Continue reading

Anticipation: Prosecutorial Discretion – What happens next?

Is ICE trying to implement prosecutorial discretion which I thought had always been exercised and a prerogative or is this a “show and tell” display to meet a mandate? Specifically, ICE’s efforts have been focused on a pilot program in … Continue reading