What Exactly Is a Sanctuary City and What Does That Mean for NYC?

What Exactly Is a Sanctuary City and What Does That Mean for NYC?

By Gwynne Hogan Rachel Holliday Smith | February 13, 2024 The January brawl between NYPD officers and migrants in Times Square that went viral has sparked a national firestorm over long-standing sanctuary city policies that restrict cooperation between federal authorities and local law enforcement. Republicans seized on the attack to argue that sanctuary laws should be changed. […]

ICE Subjected Immigrants in Detention to Unnecessary Surgeries, Report Finds

ICE Subjected Immigrants in Detention to Unnecessary Surgeries, Report Finds

By Raul Pinto | February 2, 2024 | Immigration Impact The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (OIG) published a report last month finding that nearly one-third of medical procedures performed on immigrants in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody were not properly authorized. The report found that ICE improperly authorized […]

ICE Will Be Required to Wear Body Cameras in a Win for Transparency—But the Implementation Will Be Key

ICE Will Be Required to Wear Body Cameras in a Win for Transparency—But the Implementation Will Be Key

By Kel Smith-Holbourn | January 19, 2024 | Immigration Impact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a policy on January 12 calling for ICE personnel to wear body cameras in most situations when carrying out enforcement duties. According to ICE Deputy Director Patrick J. Lechleitner, the move is designed to build public trust by enhancing “accountability, […]

Lawsuits Prompt Immigration Agencies to Publish Critical Documents in Their FOIA Libraries

Lawsuits Prompt Immigration Agencies to Publish Critical Documents in Their FOIA Libraries

Editorial credit: Nicole Glass Photography / Shutterstock.com By Raul Pinto | Dec 1, 2023 | Immigration Impact Last September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agreed to publish past versions of the Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Impact Assessments on CBP One, the app that allows asylum seekers to schedule inspection appointments, among other functions. CBP agreed to post these documents […]

Infamous Immigration Detention Center Closes, but More Work Needs to be Done

Infamous Immigration Detention Center Closes, but More Work Needs to be Done

Aurora, CO, USA. Sep 2, 2019. Michelle Malkin, a well know TV personality and writer with other patriots participating at the Stand For Ice rally in Aurora, CO showing support for ICE workers. (Shutterstock) By Rebekah Wolf, Immigration Impact After years of advocacy and widespread abuse, Berks County officials announced that the federal government was […]

The Supreme Court Takes on Enforcement Priorities and Other Immigration Questions in its 2022 – 2023 Term

The Supreme Court Takes on Enforcement Priorities and Other Immigration Questions in its 2022 – 2023 Term

By Emma Winger, Immigration Impact The Supreme Court will tackle more hot button immigration issues in its 2022 – 2023 term. Front and center is the Biden administration’s effort to set immigration enforcement priorities. But the Court will also consider what a noncitizen must do to get federal court review of immigration court decisions. It […]

Investigation Confirms Immigrant Women Held by ICE Underwent Illegal Medical Procedures at Georgia Facility

Investigation Confirms Immigrant Women Held by ICE Underwent Illegal Medical Procedures at Georgia Facility

By Linda Nwoke, A Journal Exclusive In September 2020, the news broke on a class-action lawsuit filed by former detainees at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, against several parties, including the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Center, Dr. Mahendra Amin, and the Irwin County Hospital. The facility, under the […]

ICE Fails to Justify Solitary Confinement Placements and Identify Vulnerable Populations

ICE Fails to Justify Solitary Confinement Placements and Identify Vulnerable Populations

By Emily Creighton, Immigration Impact Solitary confinement is widely criticized as a cruel and unnecessary practice. It’s largely unsupported by the public as a disciplinary measure and badly in need of reform. On October 26, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on solitary confinement practices used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). […]

New Report Shows Disproportionate Abuse of Black Immigrants in Detention

New Report Shows Disproportionate Abuse of Black Immigrants in Detention

By Raul Pinto, Immigration Impact Black immigrants in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) disproportionately face abuse while in detention, a report released last week finds. Published by several organizations including the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and Freedom for Immigrants (FFI), the report argues that this discriminatory treatment of Black […]

Legal Service Providers Sue to Remove Barriers to Access to Counsel in Immigration Detention

Legal Service Providers Sue to Remove Barriers to Access to Counsel in Immigration Detention

Los Angeles, CA / USA – June 14, 2020: Protest leader holds megaphone at the demonstration against children in immigrant detention at City Hall in Downtown. (Shutterstock) By Emma Winger, Immigration Impact Legal service organizations have sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for preventing people jailed at four immigration detention centers from having meaningful […]

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