ROUND-UP: NEW DEPORTATION GUIDELINES ANNOUNCED DURING WEEK OF HEATED SECURE COMMUNITIES HEARINGS
Earlier this month, Deportation Nation reported that ICE terminated contracts with states for the controversial Secure Communities program. As a result, the immigration debate has once again boiled over. This week the Obama Administration announced new guidelines to unclog the immigration courts by allowing low-priority immigrant offenders to remain in the country and apply for a work permit. The White House promoted that DHS had for the first time.
ADVOCATES TRY TO SPEED RELEASE OF OPT-OUT DOCS AHEAD OF ICE MEETINGS
Three counties plan to meet with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the next two weeks to discuss how they can opt-out of Secure Communities. But officials say they have no idea what to expect. “I urgently need more information about Secure Communities for my November 8, 2010, meeting with ICE… so I can adequately represent the interests of my constituents,” said San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey. Hennessey’s..
FOIA BY ADVOCATES PROMPTS ICE TO RELEASE 31 SECURE COMMUNITIES DOCS
Several immigration advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit in April to demand ICE reply to their open records request about Secure Communities, which operates in 494 jurisdictions in 27 states and has more than $1 billion in funding behind it. Now ICE has responded by releasing 31 new documents related to the program. They show that about a quarter of the people deported after being turned over to ICE at local jails had no criminal record. This…