Mamadu 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.
Lizbeth Mateo was sworn in as a lawyer last month, after being an undocumented immigrant for years. ICE agents could arrest her at any moment, even though when the leader of the California State Senate presided over her swearing in, he called her “the embodiment of the American Dream. The New York Times has Mateo’s story.
The man in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportations has ordered agents to take action on any and all undocumented immigrants they encounter. Advocates say this may explain the sharp increase in ICE arrests. ProPublica has details about the order in this story.
As 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.
In the first 100 days of the Trump administration, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division has arrested more than 41,000 individuals either known or suspected of being in the US illegally. That’s up nearly 40% over the Obama administration. Details are available at the ICE website.
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.
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.
Former ICE prosecutor Elena Albamonte once prosecuted undocumented immigrants. Now she fights on their behalf, representing them in immigration court after switching sides of the law. Steve Hendrix has Albamonte’s story in the Washington Post.