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ICE holds US citizen for 7 months, retaliates when she complains

A woman has filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement claiming they held her in immigration detention for seven months -- and when she sued to get out, they retaliated by senselessly trying to revoke her citizenship certificate.

Protesters: sick woman unknowingly signed own 'voluntary' removal

If you’re living in North Carolina or anywhere in the U.S. as an unauthorized immigrant, you should know that you have legal rights. Even if you’re arrested for a direct violation of U.S. immigration law, such as using false paperwork in order to get a job, you can’t just be detained indefinitely or deported. There are specific legal processes the government is required to use before it can legally deport you, because everyone is entitled to the due process of law.

DHS: more humane treatment for immigrants rescued near border

As summer weather finally begins to arrive in force, it becomes more dangerous for people from Mexico to attempt to cross the border. On both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border fence, what used to be called the Great American Desert stretches for hundreds of miles with little relief from the heat.

Lawmakers seek to modify proposed N.C. immigration bill

Greensboro is home to many hardworking, active individuals. While some of those people have lived in the city all of their lives, others have come from outside of the country, risking the challenges of immigration in order to find better lives. Their ability to contribute to the successes of Greensboro and North Carolina as a whole is threatened each time the state seeks to modify its stance toward non-residents.

Lawsuit honoring rights of immigrants moves forward

Protections and responsibilities outlined under American law are binding on all citizens. Some of these protections also apply to non-citizen immigrants and some do not. But other laws specifically related to visa and immigration matters uniquely protect non-citizens. When these laws are broken, non-citizens have every right to hold law-breakers accountable in court.

Some immigration deportation cases to get new treatment in court

We have mentioned previously on our North Carolina blog that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement revised its policy on deportation cases last year. In a memorandum written by ICE Director John Morton, the agency was given the authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion--that is, the ability to prioritize deportation cases and decide whether a particular immigrant's case merited the use of government resources. Those involving law-abiding illegal immigrants, for example, would generally not be pursued.

DHS releases report on immigration detention and deportation

North Carolina readers may be interested in a Department of Homeland Security report released last month. The report is full of data on the number of immigrants who have been detained and deported back to their home countries. The report shows two divergent trends in immigration detention. While Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies are detaining record numbers of undocumented immigrants, the Border Patrol is reporting some of the lowest detention numbers in decades.

ICE will not file immigration case against undocumented activist

Greensboro residents may be interested to hear that Immigration and Customs Enforcement will not pursue a case against a journalist and immigration activist after police arrested him last week. He was on his way to deliver a lecture at Carleton College when an officer on patrol noticed that he was driving while wearing headphones. The officer pulled him over and took him into custody when the law enforcement database showed that the man's license had been revoked.

ICE: Immigrants in North Carolina protest will not be deported

Last week Charlotte played host to the Democratic National Convention, and immigration issues featured prominently in some speeches given on the convention floor. But immigration concerns also were expressed on the streets of the Queen City. A number of undocumented immigrants traveled across the country in an old bus and arrived in North Carolina to coincide with the DNC.

Deportation review process fails to yield expected results

A few prior posts on this blog have discussed the current administration's immigration policy aimed at deporting immigrants it deems threats to public safety or national security while providing reprieve for those without criminal records. A number of immigration advocates expressed enthusiasm that the new immigration rules would prevent the deportation of many law-abiding immigrants in North Carolina and around the country when it was announced last summer.

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