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[29 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

We reported earlier that guards at a private detention center in Rhode Island could face criminal charges for the death of an immigrant in their care. Now, The Providence Journal reports they will not.
Rhode Island prosecutors said Monday they would not bring any criminal charges in the cancer-related death of an immigration detainee at a detention facility where federal officials acknowledged the man was mistreated.
Attorney General Patrick Lynch said the state police investigation had focused primarily on whether Hiu Lui “Jason” Ng had been denied access to medical care …

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[25 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]
Guantanamo Bay detention camp to close, detainees up for grabs

President Obama issued executive orders that would close down the infamous detention facility at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, a symbolic gesture towards ending the Bush Administration’s War on Terror. The orders would also close the CIA’s network of secret overseas prisons and end the use of coercive interrogation techniques.
While advocates championed the decision, many questions remain surrounding whether detainees will be held at a U.S. facility, a U.S. facility overseas, or a foreign government facility. And some critics question whether the same current transparency and scrutiny will …

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[23 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]
Wyatt Detention Facility Update

The Providence Journal reported last Friday that Central Falls Mayor Charles D. Moreau has replaced three members of the jail’s five-member corporation board. The decision came after ICE announced that it would terminate its contract with the facility, following an ICE investigation.
Currently, the facility receives almost $102 per immigrant detainee a day from the federal government, and is expected to lose $100,000 a week because of the terminated contract with ICE.
The facility gained media attention last August when Hiu Lui “Jason” Ng, a 33-year-old computer engineer from New York, …

Enforcement, Policy, Raids »

[22 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

The San Antonio Express News reports that protesters outside an ICE office called for the closure of the T. Don Hutto family detention center:
“Just like he promised to close Guantánamo Bay, we want him to close down Hutto with detained little children,” said Luissana Santibáñez with the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, referring to the ICE family detention center northeast of Austin.
Corrections Corporation of America owns and operates the former medium security prison as part of a contract with ICE and Williamson County, which recently renewed the agreement. Wednesday’s protest is …

Detention, Enforcement, Prosecution, Raids »

[21 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]
Senate Confirms Napolitano for DHS Post, Brewer tooks over post in AZ

The Senate confirmed Tuesday six Cabinet positions, including AZ Democrat Gov. Janet Napolitano as DHS Secretary.  Napolitano will take over from Michael Chertoff, now former DHS Secretary and an author of ICE’s DRO’s strategic plan, Endgame, which called for a 100 percent removal rate of all “remove all removable aliens” by 2012.
Napolitano is a former federal prosecutor and state attorney general. In addition to interior enforcement, she also inherits a broken immigration system and will need to tackle issues including border security, E-Verify, the no-match letter rule, temporary worker visas, …

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[20 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]
Wyatt detention center workers could face criminal charges

WCVB TV in Boston reports that workers at the Wyatt Detention Facility could face criminal charges for the death of Hiu Lui Ng. An investigation by ICE found workers denied Mr. Ng medical care and access to counsel.
The report (PDF) details how a doctor at the facility prescribed him Motrin and Tylenol for his back pain, which was caused by advanced stage cancer. In a heavily redacted part of the report, investigators describe how Mr. Ng tried to meet with his lawyer as part of a drawn-out process to be …

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[12 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

Among its 2008 accomplishments, DHS reported that:

Increased Border Law Enforcement Officers and Fencing: CBP increased the size of its work force last year from 46,473 to 51,533 by adding officers, agents and agriculture specialists. CBP has doubled the size of the Border Patrol from approximately 9,000 in 2001 to more than 18,000 as of Nov. 21, 2008. CBP has constructed more than 520 miles of vehicle and pedestrian fencing, including approximately 93 miles in Fiscal Year 2008 (FY 08), building toward a total of roughly 670 miles of fencing along …

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[12 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

IT news site eWeek.com reported that the federal government has postponed the compliance date requiring all federal government contractors to begin using the E-Verify system from Jan. 15 to Feb. 20. The government is currently facing a pending lawsuit from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and industry groups.
E-Verify is an online system, operated by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration, inwhich employers can check the work status of new hires online by comparing information from an employee’s I-9 form against SSA and Department of Homeland Security …