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  • IFCO Systems Agrees to Pay $20.7 Million for Employment of Undocumented Workers(235 KB - 12/22/2008)
    On 12/19/08 ICE announced that IFCO agreed to pay $20.7 million in civil forfeitures and penalties over four years, for employing undocumented workers at its plants. AILA Doc. No. 08122237.
    AILA Doc. No. 08122237.
  • ICE Announces Former Employees of Idaho Truss Indicted(23 KB - 12/16/2008)
    ICE announced that sixteen former employees of Idaho Truss in Nampa, Idaho, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of possession of counterfeit alien registration receipt cards, misuse of Social Security numbers, and illegal entry or re-entry after deportation. AILA Doc. No. 08121665.
    AILA Doc. No. 08121665.
  • ICE Arrests 15 Employees at an Indiana Oil Refinery(25 KB - 12/11/2008)
    On 12/10/08 ICE announced the arrest of 15 undocumented janitorial workers at the BP Whiting oil refinery in Indiana. The arrests were the result of a two-year "critical infrastructure" worksite enforcement investigation. AILA Doc. No. 08121162.
    AILA Doc. No. 08121162.
  • ICE Posts Notice of Transfer of Detainees in Rhode Island Detention Facility (12/9/2008)
    ICE announced the transfer of detainees in the Wyatt Detention Facility in Rhode Island to other facilities in the area. AILA Doc. No. 08120969.
    AILA Doc. No. 08120969.
  • ICE Announces Indictment of Two Managers of Hawaiian Agricultural Conglomerate(24 KB - 12/8/2008)
    ICE announced the indictment of two managers of The Farms, an agricultural conglomerate based in Waipahu, Hawaii. In 07/08, ICE executed nine federal search warrants and arrested 43 foreign nationals employed by The Farms. AILA Doc. No. 08120862.
    AILA Doc. No. 08120862.
  • ICE Arrests 16 Employees of Idaho Wood Framing Company(24 KB - 12/8/2008)
    On 12/4/08 ICE announced the arrest of 16 undocumented workers at an Idaho wood framing company on administrative immigration violations. AILA Doc. No. 08120861.
    AILA Doc. No. 08120861.
  • Agriprocessors Managers and HR Employee Indicted on 12 Counts(82 KB - 11/24/2008)
    On 11/21/08, ICE announced that three Agriprocessors managers and a human resources employee were charged with federal immigration crimes in a 12-count indictment. AILA Doc. No. 08112464.
    AILA Doc. No. 08112464.
  • Former Agriprocessors CEO Charged with Bank Fraud(24 KB - 11/17/2008)
    The former chief executive officer of Agriprocessors Inc., in Postville, Iowa, was arrested by federal agents on 11/14/08 and charged with bank fraud. Two weeks ago he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens for profit, aiding and abetting document fraud, and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft. AILA Doc. No. 08111771.
    AILA Doc. No. 08111771.
  • President of New Bedford Manufacturer Pleads Guilty to Hiring and Harboring Undocumented Workers(27 KB - 11/4/2008)
    On 11/3/08 ICE announced guilty pleas for allegedly hiring and harboring undocumented workers, following the 3/6/07 raid on Michael Bianco, Inc. (MBI), a New Bedford, MA manufacturer. AILA Doc. No. 08110463.
    AILA Doc. No. 08110463.
  • ICE Arrests Former Agriprocessors CEO(26 KB - 10/31/2008)
    The former CEO of Agriprocessors Inc. was arrested by ICE agents on 10/30/08 and charged with conspiring to harbor illegal aliens for profit, aiding and abetting document fraud, and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft. AILA Doc. No. 08103162.
    AILA Doc. No. 08103162.
  • Agriprocessor's HR Employee Pleads Guilty to Harboring and Identity Theft(24 KB - 10/30/2008)
    A 10/29/08 ICE news release reports that a human resource employee for Agriprocessor’s, Inc. in Postville, Iowa plead guilty to conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens and aggravated identity theft. AILA Doc. No. 08103061.
    AILA Doc. No. 08103061.
  • Two Pallet Company Managers Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Unlawfully Employ Illegal Aliens(31 KB - 10/23/2008)
    On 10/21/08 ICE announced that two managers for the Pallet Management Division of IFCO Systems North America plead guilty to the misdemeanor offense of Conspiracy to Unlawfully Employ Illegal Aliens. Neither manager was arrested during 4/16/06 raids at 40 IFCO plants nationwide. AILA Doc. No. 08102362.
    AILA Doc. No. 08102362.
  • Janitorial Contractor for Rhode Island Courthouses Charged for Hiring Undocumented Workers(24 KB - 10/20/2008)
    A 10/16/08 ICE press release announced that the operator of Falcon Maintenance Company has been charged for hiring undocumented workers. Falcon Maintenance was contracted with the Rhode Island Judiciary for janitorial services at the courthouses. AILA Doc. No. 08102067.
    AILA Doc. No. 08102067.
  • ICE SEVIS Quarterly Newsletter (October 2008)(1329 KB - 10/16/2008)
    Vol. 4, No. 1 of the ICE SEVIS Newsletter covers news about SEVIS II, an I-17 petition update, a snap shot of program participation as of early September, and more. AILA Doc. No. 08101665.
    AILA Doc. No. 08101665.
  • ICE News Release Specifies 331 Arrested at Poultry Plant in South Carolina(28 KB - 10/10/2008)
    A 10/9/08 ICE news release specified that 331 workers were arrested in the 10/7/08 raid on the Columbia Farms poultry processing plant in South Carolina. AILA Doc. No. 08101062.
    AILA Doc. No. 08101062.
  • ICE Raids Poultry Plant in South Carolina, Arrests 300(41 KB - 10/7/2008)
    On 10/7/08 ICE raided the Columbia Farms poultry processing plant in Greenville, South Carolina, arresting about 300 workers. AILA Doc. No. 08100768.
    AILA Doc. No. 08100768.
  • ICE Fugitive Operations Arrests More than 1,000 in California(45 KB - 9/30/2008)
    On 9/29/08 ICE announced that it arrested more than 1,000 foreign nationals in the largest special enforcement operation ever carried out by the ICE Fugitive Operations Teams in California. AILA Doc. No. 08093067.
    AILA Doc. No. 08093067.
  • ICE Announces Increase in SEVP Fees(31 KB - 9/24/2008)
    In a 9/24/08 press release, ICE announced that the final rule raising Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) fees was published in the Federal Register on 9/24/08. The release is followed by a fact sheet, which lists the fee changes. AILA Doc. No. 08092462.
    AILA Doc. No. 08092462.
  • ICE Raids Buffet Restaurants in California(24 KB - 9/19/2008)
    On 9/17/08 ICE raided two Chinese Buffet restaurants, and two homes, in northern California, arresting 21 undocumented workers. AILA Doc. No. 08091961.
    AILA Doc. No. 08091961.
  • Seven Federal Contractors Listed for Debarment(25 KB - 9/15/2008)
    On 9/12/08 ICE announced that seven companies will be considered for debarment from federal contracting because each was found to be unlawfully employing persons without employment authorization. AILA Doc. No. 08091564.
    AILA Doc. No. 08091564.
  • ICE Raids Palm Springs Bakery, Arrests 51 Employees(24 KB - 9/11/2008)
    On 9/10/08 ICE raided a bakery in Palm Springs, CA, arresting a current and former company supervisor, as well as 51 employees. AILA Doc. No. 08091137.
    AILA Doc. No. 08091137.
  • President and Managers of Shipley Do-Nuts Plead Guilty(24 KB - 9/8/2008)
    On 9/5/08 ICE announced that the president and three managers of Shipley Do-Nut Flour and Supply Company plead guilty to conspiring to harbor illegal aliens. AILA Doc. No. 08090861.
    AILA Doc. No. 08090861.
  • ICE Revises Press Release on Sun Valley Raid (Updated 9/5/08)(30 KB - 9/5/2008)
    ICE revised a press release on the 9/3/08 raid on The Sun Valley Group in Arcata, California. Initially, ICE reported arresting 18 workers on immigration violations. The agency revised its release to report the arrest of 23 workers. AILA Doc. No. 08090464.
    AILA Doc. No. 08090464.
  • ICE Continuity of Operations Plan Fact Sheet for SEVP-Certified Schools(127 KB - 9/3/2008)
    On 8/26/08, ICE released a fact sheet encouraging all SEVP-certified schools to explore a continuity of operations plan (COOP) in case of an unexpected crisis. AILA Doc. No. 08090363.
    AILA Doc. No. 08090363.
  • ICE Hurricane Gustav Detainee Evacuation Fact Sheet(18 KB - 9/2/2008)
    On 8/29/08 ICE released a fact sheet regarding the temporary evacuation of detainees from the South Louisiana Correctional Center and Orleans Parish prison. AILA Doc. No. 08090263.
    AILA Doc. No. 08090263.
  • ICE Announces that Another Agriprocessor's Supervisor Plead Guilty(21 KB - 8/29/2008)
    A 8/27/08 ICE press release announces that a second Agriprocessor's supervisor plead guilty following the raid in Iowa more than 3 months ago. AILA Doc. No. 08082972.
    AILA Doc. No. 08082972.
  • Joint ICE-DOJ News Release on Mississippi Raid(112 KB - 8/27/2008)
    On 8/26/08 ICE and DOJ released a joint statement on the raid on Howard Industries, Inc. in Laurel, Miss., reporting that 595 workers were arrested. AILA Doc. No. 08082760.
    AILA Doc. No. 08082760.
  • ICE Scheduled Departure Fact Sheet and Brochure(171 KB - 8/19/2008)
    On 7/30/08 ICE released a Fact Sheet on Scheduled Departure, an ICE program encouraging those with final orders of deportation turn themselves in for removal. A brochure follows the Fact Sheet. AILA Doc. No. 08081966.
    AILA Doc. No. 08081966.
  • ICE Arrested 42 in a Raid on Dulles International Airport(20 KB - 8/14/2008)
    ICE announced the arrest of 42 foreign nationals in a raid on Dulles International Airport in Virginia on 8/13/08. AILA Doc. No. 08081463.
    AILA Doc. No. 08081463.
  • ICE Arrests 59 in Asheville, NC Raid(21 KB - 8/13/2008)
    On 8/12/08 ICE arrested 59 foreign nationals in a raid on Mills Manufacturing Corporation, a Department of Defense contractor in Asheville, NC. AILA Doc. No. 08081364.
    AILA Doc. No. 08081364.
  • ICE Arrested 13 in Arkansas in July Raid(21 KB - 8/12/2008)
    On 7/23/08 ICE arrested 13 foreign nationals in a raid on Waco Manufacturing in Little Rock, Arkansas. All of the arrested were convicted for document fraud and misuse of Social Security cards. AILA Doc. No. 08081263.
    AILA Doc. No. 08081263.
  • 80 Arrested During ICE-led Operation in Massachusetts(49 KB - 8/8/2008)
    ICE reports that in an effort to target gang members, 80 people were arrested in Massachusetts by an ICE-led operation. Among those arrested were 55 Legal Permanent Residents. According to ICE, all arrested had criminal records. AILA Doc. No. 08080843.
    AILA Doc. No. 08080843.
  • ICE Announces Program to Ask People to Turn Themselves In(30 KB - 8/1/2008)
    ICE announces a pilot program it dubs "Scheduled Departure" to ask those with final orders of deportation to turn themselves in for removal. AILA Doc. No. 08080160.
    AILA Doc. No. 08080160.
  • ICE Arrests 58 Casa Fiesta Restaurant Employees in Ohio(21 KB - 7/24/2008)
    On 7/23/08 ICE arrested 58 employees at eight Casa Fiesta Restaurants throughout northern Ohio. AILA Doc. No. 08072462.
    AILA Doc. No. 08072462.
  • ICE Arrests 43 at Waipahu, Hawaii Apartment Complex(22 KB - 7/22/2008)
    On 7/21/08, ICE announced that it executed nine federal search warrants and arrested 43 foreign nationals in a raid on a Waipahu apartment complex. The men were employed by The Farms, an agricultural business. AILA Doc. No. 08072268.
    AILA Doc. No. 08072268.
  • Executives of McDonald's Franchisee Plead Guilty to Immigration Offenses(24 KB - 7/22/2008)
    On 7/16/08 ICE announced that a former and current top executive for a McDonald's franchisee in Nevada, plead guilty to federal felony immigration offenses for encouraging undocumented foreign nationals to reside in the United States. AILA Doc. No. 08072270.
    AILA Doc. No. 08072270.
  • US and Mexico Continue Interior Repatriation Program(21 KB - 7/22/2008)
    On 7/21/08 ICE announced that the Interior Repatriation Program will continue this summer to return undocumented Mexican nationals to Mexico by plane, given the climate conditions near the southern border. AILA Doc. No. 08072269.
    AILA Doc. No. 08072269.
  • ICE Arrests 18 at Colorado Cement Plant(20 KB - 7/17/2008)
    On 7/16/08 ICE administratively charged 18 foreign nationals at a concrete plant in Loveland, Colorado. ICE reports that the Air Branch of CBP provided "air support" for the raid. AILA Doc. No. 08071761.
    AILA Doc. No. 08071761.
  • Five Charged Following Raid of Action Rags in Houston(21 KB - 7/8/2008)
    On 7/2/08, ICE announced that the owner and four managers of Action Rags USA were charged with "conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens, inducing illegal aliens to come to the U.S. and engaging in a pattern or practice of hiring illegal aliens," following the raid of a company warehouse in Houston. AILA Doc. No. 08070870.
    AILA Doc. No. 08070870.
  • ICE Arrests Two "Alleged" Supervisors at Agriprocessors in Postville(21 KB - 7/7/2008)
    A 7/3/08 ICE news release announced the arrest of two "alleged" supervisors at Agriprocessors, Inc. in Postville, Iowa, on various criminal immigration and fraudulent identity charges. ICE requests the public's assistance in apprehending a third defendant. AILA Doc. No. 08070763.
    AILA Doc. No. 08070763.
  • ICE Arrests 45 People Employed by Maryland Painting Business(504 KB - 7/2/2008)
    ICE raided Annapolis Painting Services in Maryland, arresting 45 employees on administrative immigration violations, as part of an 18-month –long ICE investigation. AILA Doc. No. 08070268.
    AILA Doc. No. 08070268.
  • ICE Raids Airline Manufacturer Near Seattle(22 KB - 6/27/2008)
    On 6/26/08, ICE raided an aircraft manufacturing plant near Seattle, Washington, arresting 32 employees on administrative immigration violations. AILA Doc. No. 08062730.
    AILA Doc. No. 08062730.
  • ICE Raids Action Rags in Houston; Arrests More than 160(20 KB - 6/26/2008)
    On 6/25/08 ICE raided Action Rags USA, an international supplier of used clothing and rags. More than 160 employees were arrested on administrative immigration violations. AILA Doc. No. 08062633.
    AILA Doc. No. 08062633.
  • ICE Celebrates Opening of 287(g) Training Facility(25 KB - 6/18/2008)
    On 6/16/08 ICE announced the opening of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's new 287(g) training facility. ICE noted that the 287(g) program is named after § 287(g) of the INA, which authorizes ICE to train local officers to enforce immigration law. AILA Doc. No. 08061872.
    AILA Doc. No. 08061872.
  • ICE Raids California Farm Labor Contractor(21 KB - 6/6/2008)
    On 6/4/08 ICE executed a federal search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation targeting a California farm labor contractor. Two of the company’s foremen were arrested on criminal charges, and thirty-two employees were arrested on administrative immigration violations. AILA Doc. No. 08060638.
    AILA Doc. No. 08060638.
  • ICE News Release Announces 85 Sentenced in Iowa(20 KB - 5/21/2008)
    In a 5/20/08 News Release, ICE announced that 85 of the foreign nationals arrested in the raid on the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa on 5/15/08 were sentenced on federal felony charges. AILA Doc. No. 08052170.
    AILA Doc. No. 08052170.
  • ICE Raids Pacific Beach Restaurant, Arrests 18(21 KB - 5/19/2008)
    On 5/15/08 ICE executed a federal search warrant at a French restaurant and catering service in San Diego, California, arresting eighteen workers on administrative immigration violations. AILA Doc. No. 08051963.
    AILA Doc. No. 08051963.
  • ICE Raids Florida Jail Building Site, Arrests 25(20 KB - 5/19/2008)
    On 5/15/08, ICE arrested twenty-five foreign nationals working on an expansion project of the Lee County jail in Ft. Meyers. AILA Doc. No. 08051961.
    AILA Doc. No. 08051961.
  • 306 Iowa Meatpacking Plant Employees Criminally Charged(165 KB - 5/16/2008)
    On 5/15/08 ICE announced that 306 people originally arrested on administrative immigration charges at Agriprocessors, Inc. in Postville, Iowa on 5/12/08 have been criminally charged. AILA Doc. No. 08051630.
    AILA Doc. No. 08051630.
  • On the Hot Seat Over Detainee Medical Care, ICE Responds (5/15/2008)
    Following the introduction of legislation on detainee medical care, and media exposés on substandard medical care for detainees, ICE responds. AILA Doc. No. 08051530.
    AILA Doc. No. 08051530.
  • ICE Raids Meatpacking Plant in Iowa; Arrests Almost 400(21 KB - 5/13/2008)
    On 5/12/08 ICE raided Agriprocessors, Inc. in Postville, Iowa. Almost 400 foreign nationals were arrested. AILA Doc. No. 08051360.
    AILA Doc. No. 08051360.
  • ICE Semiannual Report on Compliance With National Detention Standards(324 KB - 5/7/2008)
    This report rates the performance of detention facilities using ICE’s National Detention Standards. The report rates facilities by looking at the following issues: access to legal materials, telephone access, medical care, grievance procedures, transfer of detainees, religious practices, as well as other issues addressed in the national standards. AILA Doc. No. 08050772.
    AILA Doc. No. 08050772.
  • ICE FAQs on Student and Exchange Visitor Visa Program(52 KB - 4/18/2008)
    ICE FAQs on the proposed fee increase to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). AILA Doc. No. 08041833.
    AILA Doc. No. 08041833.
  • ICE News Release and Fact Sheet on Pilgrim's Pride Raids(60 KB - 4/17/2008)
    On 4/16/08 ICE raided Pilgrim’s Pride plants in five states. More than 280 foreign nationals were arrested at the poultry processing plants in TX, FL, TN, AR, and WV. AILA Doc. No. 08041761.
    AILA Doc. No. 08041761.
  • Owner and Managers of Mexican Restaurants Arrested in ICE Raid; 45 Detained(29 KB - 4/16/2008)
    On 4/16/08 ICE raided seven Mexican restaurants in four states: NY, PA, OH, and WV. ICE carried out criminal arrests of the owner and managers, and detained 45 foreign nationals at 10 sites. AILA Doc. No. 08041630.
    AILA Doc. No. 08041630.
  • ICE Proposes to Raise SEVIS Fees(30 KB - 4/14/2008)
    On 4/11/08 ICE announced that it has enhanced the Student and Exchange Visitor Program and is proposing to raise fees. AILA Doc. No. 08041862.
    AILA Doc. No. 08041862.
  • ICE Arrests 59 at Northern Virginia Resort(21 KB - 4/9/2008)
    On 4/8/08 ICE interviewed 100 employees at a resort in Leesburg, VA and arrested 59 foreign nationals. AILA Doc. No. 08040864.
    AILA Doc. No. 08040864.
  • ICE Fact Sheet on "Secure Communities"(105 KB - 3/28/2008)
    On 3/28/08 ICE released a Fact Sheet on Secure Communities, an initiative to identify and process removable foreign nationals in federal, state, and local custody. AILA Doc. No. 08032831.
    AILA Doc. No. 08032831.
  • ICE Press Release on Plan to Target Incarcerated Foreign Nationals(38 KB - 3/28/2008)
    A 3/28/08 ICE Press Release announced the “Secure Communities” plan, a multi-year initiative to more effectively identify, detain, and return removable foreign nationals who are incarcerated. AILA Doc. No. 08032830.
    AILA Doc. No. 08032830.
  • Five IFCO Managers Indicted for Employment of Unauthorized Workers(31 KB - 3/7/2008)
    ICE announced that five IFCO Systems North America, Inc. (IFCO) managers have been indicted for Conspiracy to Harbor Illegal Aliens, to Encourage and Induce Illegal Aliens, and to Transport Illegal Aliens. The pallet services company was raided in April 2006 leading to the arrest of seven managers and 1,187 employees. AILA Doc. No. 08030765.
    AILA Doc. No. 08030765.
  • Cleaning Service Executives Sentenced for Harboring(24 KB - 3/7/2008)
    ICE announced that executives of Rosenbaum-Cunningham International (RCI), a cleaning service raided on 2/21/07, have been sentenced to between two and ten years in prison for defrauding the United States and harboring illegal aliens. AILA Doc. No. 08030761.
    AILA Doc. No. 08030761.
  • ICE Issues Detention Standards Complaint Procedures(30 KB - 2/13/2008)
    ICE released the following detention standards complaint procedures which detail how individuals can file complaints where ICE detention facilities are not complying with detention standards. AILA Doc. No. 08021361.
    AILA Doc. No. 08021361.
  • ICE Releases Figures on Increasing Employer Participation in E-Verify(67 KB - 2/12/2008)
    On 2/12/08 USCIS announced that 52,000 employers have signed up for E-Verify. A Fact Sheet follows the Press Release. AILA Doc. No. 08021276.
    AILA Doc. No. 08021276.
  • ICE Raids Micro Solutions Enterprises in Van Nuys, California(21 KB - 2/11/2008)
    On 2/8/08 ICE announced the arrest of 130 foreign nationals during a worksite enforcement operation at Micro Solutions Enterprises in Van Nuys, California on 2/7/08. AILA Doc. No. 08021162.
    AILA Doc. No. 08021162.
  • ICE Raids Universal Industrial Sales, Inc. in Utah(21 KB - 2/11/2008)
    On 2/8/08 ICE announced the arrest of 57 foreign nationals during a worksite enforcement operation at Universal Industrial Sales, Inc. in Lindon, Utah on 2/7/08. AILA Doc. No. 08021161.
    AILA Doc. No. 08021161.
  • ICE to Resume Deportations to Vietnam(46 KB - 1/22/2008)
    On January 22, 2008, ICE announced that Assistant Secretary Myers signed a memorandum of agreement with the Deputy Foreign Minister for Vietnam regarding the repatriation of Vietnamese nationals who have been ordered removed. The agreement will enter into force in 60 days. AILA Doc. No. 08012267.
    AILA Doc. No. 08012267.
  • ICE Releases Family Residential Detention Standards (1/14/2008)
    ICE posted family residential detention standards on its website. AILA Doc. No. 08011464.
    AILA Doc. No. 08011464.
 
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