Online Detainee Locator System Lauched by ICE

Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“USICE”) announced the launch of the Online Detainee Locator System (“ODLS”).  ODLS provides users with information on the location of the detention facility where a particular individual is being held, a phone number to the facility and contact information for the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations office in the […]

Immigration Detainers – From Prison to Immigration Custody

What is an immigration detainer and how does it work? Are detainers only placed on unauthorized immigrants? What happens after an immigration detainer has expired? What are the consequences of immigration detainers? In order to better understand immigration detainers’ function and impact, the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) provides the following Fact Check to shed much […]

Varick Street Detention Center in NYC Closing

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“USICE”) has decided to close the detention center it re-opened a few years ago in New York City.  According to a New York Times article today, the Varick Street detention center located at 201 Varick Street in lower Manhattan will be closing next month. Detainees from the Varick Street detention […]

Asylum Seekers and Detention – A Change in Policy

On December 16, 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Assistant Secretary John Morton announced that ICE will generally release from detention arriving asylum seekers who have a credible fear of persecution or torture if certain criteria are met-part of ICE’s ongoing immigration detention reform efforts. The revised guidelines, effective Jan. 4, 2010, will permit […]

Immigration Detainee Transfers – A Follow Up

Just a quick follow up on our last post relating to detainee transfers… We came across this wonderful (and informative) article by Beth Werlin on the Immigration Impact website.  The article informs the readers about the problems encountered by detained foreign nationals and the lawyers who represent them.

Increase in Transfers of Immigration Detainees

Immigration detention is on the rise.  Foreign nationals are being detained for many reasons, including final deportation or removal order or commission of certain crimes.  Detention can be a scary experience, both for the foreign national being detained and for the family members of the foreign national, many of whom depend on the detained family […]