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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Goes on a Media Blitz

August 9th, 2010 No comments
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency that wants attention more for its complex customs and terrorism investigations than its immigration duties, has gone on a media blitz as of late.

ICE chief John Morton has popped up all over the place, from making public appearances around the country.  Along with Morton’s visibility, the agency has also tried to raise its profile in other ways, with an organizational shake-up and press releases on everything from child pornography busts to its efforts to crackdown on human rights violators seeking safe haven in the United States.

Under the Obama administration ICE officials have stated that one of their priorities is to reform how the agency detains immigrants. In late July, the agency unveiled a new online system to find detained immigrants after previous reports of detainees moved around the country.

Last week the agency posted on its web site a month-by-month report of deportations. ICE has also tweaked its site, with prominent displays of the statistics, the new detainee finder system and its list of reforms.

However, according to immigration advocates, the agency might take another look at some of the displays. The image used for the online detainee locator system of a little girl and an adult woman searching for someone in the computer screen.  According to Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, a pro-immigration group that advocates for reform, the photo on the web site was a cruel joke rather than an image enhancer since ICE has separated more families than any other federal agency by far.

ICE replaced the image for the online detainee locator system with an image of a computer keyboard recently. Furthermore, an ICE spokesman said the agency would review the web site.

ICE Launches Immigrant Detainee Locator System

August 5th, 2010 No comments
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched its On-Line Detainee Locator System.  The system allows attorneys, family members, and other individuals to locate noncitizens who are in ICE custody.  ICE has stated that the system includes all facilities where it detains immigrants.  The system does not include individuals held in state or local custody under an ICE detainer, as they are not physically in ICE custody.  The system is updated within 8 hours of an apprehension or transfer within ICE custody.

The locator can be found here

Motion to Reopen Granted for Detained Client in Lancaster’s Mira Loma Detention Center

January 5th, 2010 No comments
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We just found out that the motion to reopen that we filed in December 2009 will be granted for a client detained in Mira Loma Detention Center in Lancaster, California. The client was ordered deported in absentia in 2007. The notice of the hearing and notice to appear were sent to the wrong address, and my client was unaware that deportation proceedings had been instituted against him. Because my client did not attend the hearing, the Immigration Judge ordered him deported. My client did not find out about the deportation order until he was arrested by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) officers in August 2009.

In December 2009, we filed a motion to reopen his case arguing that ICE did not provide proper and reasonable notice regarding the deportation hearing. The immigration judge agreed and granted the motion to reopen. As of right now, the client is still being detained in Mira Loma even though the case has been reopened. We intend to file a motion for release from detention arguing that mandatory detention is not appropriate in this case. If he is released, his case will be transferred to the immigration court in Los Angeles, California.

If you or someone you know has been ordered deported in absentia for failing to appear at an immigration court proceeding, contact The Nunez Firm to discuss your case further. Managing attorney Jay Nunez will discuss your case thoroughly and help you understand the options available to you.

Client in Detention in Lancaster has Cancellation of Removal Granted

May 14th, 2009 1 comment
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A client detained in Lancaster’s Mira Loma Detention Center had his cancellation of removal application granted today. He had criminal convictions, which made him deportable; however, cancellation of removal was available because he had the required number of years as a legal permanent resident in the United States, and his criminal convictions were not aggravated felonies.

In a cancellation of removal case, the judge weighs positive factors against the negative factors. Positive factors include family in the US, military service, ownership of real estate or a business, extreme hardship to family members if deportation occurs, and others. Negative factors include nature of criminal convictions, immigration violations and other evidence of bad moral character.

In this case, my client had extensive family in the United States including his wife and two young daughters. His criminal convictions were not very serious and they occurred many years ago. For the last four years, he has not had any problems with the law. His wife and children would experience a great deal of hardship if he were deported to Mexico, because he was the sole source of income.  He has been given a second chance to stay in the United States with his family. I wish him and his family the best of luck.

If you or your loved one is in deportation proceedings or detention, The Nunez Firm can help you. Call for a free and confidential consultation.

Concerns Arise over Voluntary Deportation in Lancaster’s Mira Loma Immigration Detention Center

March 2nd, 2009 No comments
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Fast Track Deportation has become a very popular tool for U.S. Deportation Officers hoping to deport detained immigrants without the hassles of going to immigration court. Deportation Officers and other government agents in the Mira Loma Detention Center in Lancaster, California constantly try to convince detainees to avoid further detention by agreeing to leave the United States. Many of the detainees are confused and do not know their rights, and they agree to voluntary deportation to avoid being detained.

I have experienced these situations countless times. The conditions at the Mira Loma detention facility are harsh. Detained immigrants are housed with serious criminals, and many are scared for their lives. Deportation Officers tell the detainees that they can avoid further detention if they agree to deportation. Many of the detainees do not realize that they can avoid deportation or might even be eligible for bond. Many detainees have not spoken to their family members in weeks, and they might not realize their families are in the process of hiring an attorney.

I have had clients that were so depressed and scared while they were in detention, they were willing to sign anything in order to get out of Mira Loma.

If you have a family member being held in Lancaster or San Diego, you have a right to an attorney. Tell your family member not to sign anything and not to agree to deportation until s/he has spoken to an attorney. The Nunez Firm offers free and confidential consultations so that you can determine whether your loved one has a chance to avoid deportation and/or get released on bond.  Call today to set an appointment – (949) 903-0088.

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