Why is the government indefinitely detaining a man it cannot deport?

ICE agents immigrationMamadu Balde fled the civil war in Sierra Leone in 1999 seeking asylum in the US. Both the Bush and Obama administrations opposed his application for asylum. When his appeals ran out in 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained him and held him for more than nine months. But Sierra Leone could not provide proof of his citizenship and refused to accept him. So he was allowed to stay in America, so long as he checked in with ICE agents every six months. But now, Balde is being held in custody again because of “changed circumstances in policy.” Read more about his plight in this story at the ACLU website.

Where is local law enforcement working with ICE?

US ICE mapAs the controversy over increased ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids continues, where are local law enforcement agencies working closely with ICE agents? The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has created a national map to show where local law enforcement is teaming up with ICE agents to find unregistered immigrants. See if your local agencies are helping ICE here.

Author accuses AG of hypocrisy and disinformation on immigration

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Is Attorney General Jeff Sessions contradicting his own earlier statements on immigration? Mark Dow, the author of American Gulag: Inside US Immigration Prisons, says Sessions has misrepresented immigration law. To support his argument, Dow points to Sessions’ time as a US Senator, when in 2012, he threatened to cut funding to ICE. Dow’s commentary is available here at AL.com.

What to do when ICE knocks on your door

The Trump administration’s stepped-up ICE raids on homes and businesses are, understandably, leading to panic, fear and paranoia among undocumented immigrants. So what should you do if ICE agents come knocking at your door? Attorney Dan Ralls has some answers in this article.