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ICE Detainee Dies at Phoenix, Arizona Hospital
(863 KB - 12/26/2012)
ICE press release on the death of a 34-year-old Guatemalan national who died in ICE custody at a Phoenix, Arizona while undergoing treatment for diabetes complications. He is the first detainee to die in ICE custody in FY2013. AILA Doc. No. 12122646
AILA Doc. No. 12122646.
ICE Announces Year-End Removal Numbers & Non-Renewal of 287(g) Task Force Agreements
(1318 KB - 12/21/2012)
ICE press release announcing that ICE removed 409,849 individuals in FY2012 and that it is not renewing its 287(g) agreements with state & local law enforcement task forces. AILA Doc. No. 12122148.
AILA Doc. No. 12122148.
ICE Dismantles Counterfeit Green Card Document Mill in California
(856 KB - 12/18/2012)
ICE press release announcing federal charges against two Fresno, California area residents for conspiring to produce and sell false identification documents, including the production of fraudulent Social Security cards & alien registration cards, also known as "green cards”. AILA Doc. No. 1212848.
AILA Doc. No. 12121848.
ICE Releases New Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Brochure
(2224 KB - 12/17/2012)
ICE brochure for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) which provides information on the SEVIS web-based system, compliance issues and information for schools and students interested in the program. AILA Doc. No. 12121744.
AILA Doc. No. 12121744.
ICE Arrests Human Smuggling Ring Operating in Arizona and Alabama
(601 KB - 12/11/2012)
ICE press release announcing that Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) stopped a human smuggling organization in Arizona & Alabama that was transporting nearly 80 undocumented people each month from Phoenix, Arizona to final destinations across the United States. AILA Doc. No. 12121172.
AILA Doc. No. 12121172.
Former INS Employee & 6 others Indicted in Marriage Fraud Scheme
(600 KB - 12/11/2012)
ICE press release announcing indictment of a former INS employee & six other people for conspiracy to commit marriage and visa fraud, marriage fraud, and alien harboring because of their facilitation of fraudulent sham marriages in exchange for direct cash payments. AILA Doc. No. 12121171.
AILA Doc. No. 12121171.
PA Employment Agency Head Pleads Guilty to Immigration-Related Mail Fraud Conspiracy
(595 KB - 12/7/2012)
ICE press release on a Pennsylvania employment agency owner who pled guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration-related mail fraud for contracting with various businesses to provide temporary employees & then hiring undocumented workers & paying them in cash under the table. AILA Doc. No. 12120777.
AILA Doc. No. 12120777.
Chicago-area Massage Parlor Owner Gets Life Sentence for Sex Trafficking 4 Women
(600 KB - 12/3/2012)
ICE press release announcing that a former Chicago-area massage parlor owner was sentenced to life in federal prison for crimes including sex trafficking, forced labor, harboring illegal aliens, confiscating passports & extortion against 4 foreign women. AILA Doc. No. 12120340.
AILA Doc. No. 12120340.
ICE Public Advocate Voice Newsletter, December 2012 (Issue 3)
(1304 KB - 12/1/2012)
ICE December 2012 Public Advocate Voice newsletter on detention reform, community roundtable discussions and more. AILA Doc. No. 12120159.
AILA Doc. No. 12120159.
ICE Announces Guilty Verdicts for Marriage Fraud in "Operation Knot So Fast"
(603 KB - 11/30/2012)
ICE press release announcing multiple guilty verdicts for immigration benefit fraud (marriage fraud) as part of "Operation Knot So Fast" which targeted individuals who orchestrated fraudulent marriages to manipulate the U.S. immigration system. AILA Doc. No. 12113042.
AILA Doc. No. 12113042.
Former Head of L.A. Law firm Sentenced for H-1B Visa Fraud Scam
(603 KB - 11/16/2012)
ICE press release announcing that onetime head of a Los Angeles law firm was sentenced to 10 months in prison for his role in orchestrating a lengthy H-1B employment visa fraud scheme for filing at least 137 fraudulent employment-based visa petitions for nearly 100 clients. AILA Doc. No. 12111643.
AILA Doc. No. 12111643.
ICE Fines Maine Companies for Form I-9 Violations
(613 KB - 11/15/2012)
ICE press release announcing that eight Maine companies were fined nearly $80,000 total during FY2012 for various employment violations, based on over twenty audits and inspections of employers' I-9 documents conducted in Maine by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). AILA Doc. No. 12111555.
AILA Doc. No. 12111555.
ICE Fines Connecticut Companies for Form I-9 Violations
(612 KB - 11/15/2012)
ICE press release announcing that 12 Connecticut companies were fined over $130,000 total during FY2012 for various employment violations, based on nearly twenty audits and inspections of employers' I-9 documents in Connecticut by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). AILA Doc. No. 12111549.
AILA Doc. No. 12111549.
ICE Launches Second Phase of Community & Detainee Helpline
(594 KB - 11/15/2012)
ICE press release on launch of second phase of Community & Detainee Helpline (CDH) where detainees from ERO Washington, Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami & New Orleans can directly contact Office of Public Advocate by telephone through toll-free telephone systems in the facilities. AILA Doc. No. 12111540.
AILA Doc. No. 12111540.
ICE Launches Radio PSA Outreach Campaign Against Human Trafficking
(787 KB - 11/14/2012)
ICE press release announcing the start of a national radio public service announcement (PSA) campaign to generate awareness about human trafficking on 24 English and 19 Spanish language radio stations in major American cities as part of ICE's Hidden In Plain Sight campaign. AILA Doc. No. 12111449.
AILA Doc. No. 12111449.
ICE Fines Massachusetts Companies for Form I-9 Violations
(613 KB - 11/14/2012)
ICE press release announcing that 17 Massachusetts companies were fined nearly $350,000 total during FY2012 for various employment violations, based on thirty-five audits and inspections of employers' I-9 documents in Massachusetts by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). AILA Doc. No. 12111446.
AILA Doc. No. 12111446.
Employment Agency Owner Indicted for Filing Bogus H-1B Visa Petitions
(603 KB - 11/2/2012)
ICE press release on indictment of owner of a California employment agency on immigration fraud charges for allegedly filing more than 100 bogus H-1B non-immigrant visa petitions for people she falsely claimed had been recruited for positions at hospitals & other places. AILA Doc. No. 12110244.
AILA Doc. No. 12110244.
Mexican National Who Posed as Immigration Attorney Arrested for Defrauding Clients
(599 KB - 11/2/2012)
ICE press release on a Mexican national who allegedly posed as an immigration attorney & was arrested on state charges for defrauding at least two individuals as part of a scam to collect fees for phony immigration-related legal services while working at a California office. AILA Doc. No. 12110240.
AILA Doc. No. 12110240.
Company Admits Hiring Undocumented Worker as McDonald's Franchise Manager
(603 KB - 10/31/2012)
ICE press release about Kansas company who pled guilty to immigration charge after knowingly accepting a fraudulent identification document as proof of work eligibility from the manager of one of its McDonald's restaurants who did not have legal authorization to work there. AILA Doc. No. 12103145.
AILA Doc. No. 12103145.
ICE Public Advocate Voice Newsletter, October 2012 (Issue 2)
(818 KB - 10/16/2012)
ICE October 2012 Public Advocate Voice newsletter announcing expansion of the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) hotline into a new ICE Community Hotline, a profile on Women’s Refugee Commission & information on visitation requests for detainees at ICE facilities. AILA Doc. No. 12101641.
AILA Doc. No. 12101641.
Treasury/HSI Sanctions Latin American Criminal Organization MS-13
(856 KB - 10/11/2012)
ICE press release announcing that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and DHS/ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is designating the Latin American gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) as a transnational criminal organization (TCO), pursuant to Executive Order 13581. AILA Doc. No. 12101144.
AILA Doc. No. 12101144.
SEVP Overview on Accreditation of English Language Training Programs Act
(593 KB - 10/3/2012)
ICE public statement on the Accreditation of English Language Training Programs Act which says that all ESL programs of study certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) must be accredited or have applied for accreditation by December 15, 2011. AILA Doc. No. 12100349.
AILA Doc. No. 12100349.
United States & Mexico Begin “Interior Repatriation Initiative”
(605 KB - 10/2/2012)
ICE press release on the beginning of the Interior Repatriation Initiative (IRI), a new U.S.-Mexico pilot to provide humane, safe & orderly repatriation of Mexican nationals to the interior of Mexico and ultimately to their hometowns, not to towns on the U.S.-Mexico border. AILA Doc. No. 12100265.
AILA Doc. No. 12100265.
SEVP FAQs on Accreditation of English Language Training Programs Act
(618 KB - 10/1/2012)
ICE frequently asked questions (FAQ) document on the Accreditation of English Language Training Programs Act which says that all ESL programs of study certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) must be accredited or have applied for accreditation. AILA Doc. No. 12100152.
AILA Doc. No. 12100152.
ICE Introduces New Community Hotline
(1092 KB - 9/28/2012)
ICE announcement introducing a new community hotline for members of the public and ICE stakeholders that will allow ICE to address a number of inquiries, including community outreach requests, PD requests, detention concerns, enforcement activities, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12092843.
AILA Doc. No. 12092843.
Chinese National Convicted for Participating in Immigration Fraud Ring
(609 KB - 9/27/2012)
ICE press release announcing conviction of a Chinese national who attempted to bribe a corrupt government official to obtain a green card, part of an undercover investigation into a group of Chinese nationals engaged in purchasing fraudulent permanent resident alien cards. AILA Doc. No. 12092755.
AILA Doc. No. 12092755.
Arkansas Businessman Sentenced for Multi-State Illegal Worker Hiring Scheme
(606 KB - 9/27/2012)
ICE press release on an Arkansas business owner who was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for providing counterfeit immigration documents and Social Security cards to undocumented workers and then employing them at various locations across three states. AILA Doc. No. 12092740.
AILA Doc. No. 12092740.
Attorney Laptops Approved for Immigration Court Hearings
ICE Public Advocate alert that ICE will now allow private attorneys or accredited representatives appearing before an immigration judge on behalf of detainees to bring a laptop into EOIR courtrooms located within detention facilities. AILA Doc. No. 12091241.
AILA Doc. No. 12091241.
Missouri Landscaping Business Sentenced for Employing Illegal Workers & Visa Fraud
(614 KB - 9/13/2012)
ICE press release about a Missouri company illegally sub-contracting H-2B workers to an associate on a weekly basis at a profit of more than $2 per hour per worker and the company pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud. AILA Doc. No. 12091332.
AILA Doc. No. 12091332.
ICE Press Release on Immigration Fraud Arrests in Florida
(611 KB - 9/13/2012)
ICE press release announcing the arrest of four individuals in Florida on allegations that the defendants conspired to sell fraudulent Cuban birth certificates and to assist in the preparation of fraudulent applications for immigration benefits. AILA Doc. No. 12091348.
AILA Doc. No. 12091348.
SEVP on International Students Struggling with Social Security Numbers & Drivers Licenses
(6015 KB - 9/7/2012)
ICE public statement stating that the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is aware of current difficulties that some F & M students have when applying for a Social Security number (SSN) or driver’s license & are working on solutions that will be implemented on 9/14/12. AILA Doc. No. 12090752.
AILA Doc. No. 12090752.
Over 20 People Charged in "Operation Knot So Fast 2012" for Marriage Fraud
(619 KB - 9/6/2012)
ICE press release announcing multiple indictments charging 21 individuals with conspiracy and/or immigration benefit fraud (marriage fraud) for conspiring to recruit U.S. citizens to marry aliens so the aliens could fraudulently obtain lawful permanent residence in the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 12090650.
AILA Doc. No. 12090650.
ICE Charges Manufacturing Company for Hiring Violations
(621 KB - 9/6/2012)
ICE press release announcing that federal criminal charges have been filed against a California manufacturing company and one of its owners for hiring unauthorized alien workers and repeatedly taking steps to cover up the illegal hiring in an effort to retain the workers. AILA Doc. No. 12090649.
AILA Doc. No. 12090649.
ICE Public Advocate Voice Newsletter, August 2012 (Issue 1)
(2264 KB - 8/31/2012)
ICE August 2012 Public Advocate Voice newsletter on deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), Know Your Rights videos, LGBT training materials and more. AILA Doc. No. 12083159.
AILA Doc. No. 12083159.
ICE Invitation for IMAGE Program Launch Training
(702 KB - 8/30/2012)
ICE invitation for 9/20/12 training on ICE Mutual Agreement between Government & Employers (IMAGE) program which will offer training on the IMAGE program, Form I-9 training, detecting fraudulent documents, use of E-Verify & anti-discrimination procedures. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12083047.
AILA Doc. No. 12083047.
ICE SEVP Broadcast Message on Processing Forms I-20 & DS-2019 at U.S. Ports of Entry
(605 KB - 8/23/2012)
A 8/23/12 SEVP broadcast message stating that effective August 10, 2012, CBP will no longer provide admission stamps on the Form I-20 and Form DS-2019 for prospective and returning F, M and J nonimmigrants seeking admission to the United States. AILA Doc. No. 12082349.
AILA Doc. No. 12082349.
Information for Nonimmigrant Students of PC Tech Learning Centers
(824 KB - 8/9/2012)
ICE press release on PC Tech Learning Center being issued a Withdraw on Notice by SEVP & they are no longer certified by SEVP to enroll nonimmigrant students. All nonimmigrant students have had their Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) records terminated. AILA Doc. No. 12080944.
AILA Doc. No. 12080944.
SEVIS to Withdraw Certification for Herguan University
(587 KB - 8/3/2012)
ICE press release on Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) serving Herguan University school officials with a notice of intent to withdraw the school's SEVP certification and Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) access. AILA Doc. No. 12080346.
AILA Doc. No. 12080346.
San Antonio ICE Deports Record Numbers in FY2012
(999 KB - 8/2/2012)
ICE press release on San Antonio ICE field office deporting a record 68,000 individuals, 99% being within ICE's enforcement priorities, 37 percent were convicted criminals, 33 percent repeat immigration violators or immigration fugitives and 29 percent recent border entrants. AILA Doc. No. 12080241.
AILA Doc. No. 12080241.
SEVIS Notice for Students With Form I-20 Attending ESRA Film School
(818 KB - 8/1/2012)
ICE press release announcing that as of 5/30/12, students who currently hold active nonimmigrant F-1 or M-1 status to study at TCS International, but are currently studying at ESRA Film School, should note that ESRA is not certified by SEVP to enroll F-1 or M-1 students. AILA Doc. No. 12080141.
AILA Doc. No. 12080141.
SEVIS to Withdraw Certification for PC Tech Learning Center Schools
(801 KB - 7/31/2012)
ICE press release on Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) withdrawal of PC Tech Learning Center school’s SEVP certification and SEVIS access & also providing information for nonimmigrant students who are currently enrolled there on how to maintain their active status. AILA Doc. No. 12073151.
AILA Doc. No. 12073151.
ICE Launches iTunes Video Podcasts
(833 KB - 6/20/2012)
ICE press release announcing a new ICE podcast series on iTunes which includes a variety of more than 25 videos which provide the general public with an inside look at ICE activities. AILA Doc. No. 12062046.
AILA Doc. No. 12062046.
ICE Detainee Dies at California Hospital
(852 KB - 6/5/2012)
ICE press release on the death of a 31-year-old Mexican national who died in ICE custody at a San Bernardino, California hospital following his parents' arrival from Mexico. He is the eighth detainee to die in ICE custody in FY2012. AILA Doc. No. 12060550.
AILA Doc. No. 12060550.
US-VISIT Could Soon Be Part of ICE
(1082 KB - 6/5/2012)
ICE press release announcing that as part of the FY2013 budget, Congress is considering transitioning US-VISIT program employees between ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). AILA Doc. No. 12060547.
AILA Doc. No. 12060547.
SEVIS Accepts Virginia University Application for SEVP Program
(821 KB - 5/31/2012)
ICE press release announcing that the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has accepted the University of Northern Virginia's application for new Designated School Officials. Nonimmigrant students who require action may now contact the school directly with requests. AILA Doc. No. 12053144.
AILA Doc. No. 12053144.
ICE Makes Additions to STEM-Designated Degree Program List
(681 KB - 5/14/2012)
ICE broadcast message announcing additions to the list of Classification of Instructional Program codes that are DHS-approved for the 17-month extension originally cited in the April 2008 DHS interim final rule. AILA Doc. No. 12051441.
AILA Doc. No. 12051441.
ICE Fines Company $1 Million for Knowingly Employing Undocumented Workers
(1435 KB - 5/4/2012)
ICE press release about a Washington-based company who pleaded guilty to felony offences and was sentenced to a fine of $1 million and five years' probation for harboring, concealing, shielding an illegal alien, and encouraging and inducing an illegal alien to reside. AILA Doc. No. 12050466.
AILA Doc. No. 12050466.
SEVP Spotlight Newsletter, April 2012 (Vol. 2, Issue 2)
(1193 KB - 4/25/2012)
April 2012 quarterly newsletter called ‘SEVP Spotlight’ announcing updates to their Study in the States program, NAFSA conference and the effect of new accreditation laws on ESL programs around the country. AILA Doc. No. 12042548.
AILA Doc. No. 12042548.
ICE Announcement on Accreditation of English Language Training Programs Act
(1502 KB - 4/20/2012)
ICE online overview of the Accreditation of English Language Training Programs Act which says that all ESL programs of study certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program must be accredited, or have applied for accreditation before 12/15/11. AILA Doc. No. 12042043.
AILA Doc. No. 12042043.
ICE Detainee Dies at Colorado Hospital
(319 KB - 4/16/2012)
ICE press release on the death of a 46-year-old man from Gabon, who died in ICE custody at the Aurora Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, after complaining of chest pains. He is the seventh detainee to die in ICE custody in FY2012. AILA Doc. No. 12041661.
AILA Doc. No. 12041661.
ICE Arrests 3,100 Convicted Criminal Aliens & Immigration Fugitives in Nationwide Operation (Updated 4/2/2012)
(1443 KB - 4/2/2012)
ICE press release announcing the results of a six-day national "Cross Check" enforcement operation-which led to the arrest of more than 3,100 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators across the country. AILA Doc. No. 12040247.
AILA Doc. No. 12040247.
ICE Opens First Designed-and-Built Civil Detention Center in Texas
(498 KB - 3/13/2012)
ICE press release on the opening of the Karnes County Civil Detention Center, the first-ever ICE designed-and-built civil detention center which is a 608-bed civil immigration detention facility, designed to house adult male, low-risk, minimum security detainees in Texas. AILA Doc. No. 12031370.
AILA Doc. No. 12031370.
ICE Director’s Congressional Testimony on ICE FY2013 Budget
(194 KB - 3/8/2012)
Press release on full written testimony of ICE Director John Morton for a House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security hearing on the President’s budget request for ICE for Fiscal Year 2013. AILA Doc. No. 12030870.
AILA Doc. No. 12030870.
ICE Detainee Dies at Southern California Hospital
(366 KB - 3/8/2012)
ICE press release on the death of a Mexican national in ICE custody at a Los Angeles-area hospital in Southern California where he had been undergoing treatment for pneumonia and who is now the sixth detainee to die in ICE custody in FY2012. AILA Doc. No. 12030861.
AILA Doc. No. 12030861.
ICE Announces New Resource for SEVP-Certified Schools List
(16 KB - 3/1/2012)
ICE statement removing the school listing from the SEVP home page on ICE.gov and now hosting the SEVP-certified school search solely on the ‘Study in the States’ website where users may search for certified schools by name, city or state. AILA Doc. No. 12030167.
AILA Doc. No. 12030167.
ICE Announces Creation of Public Advocate Position
(142 KB - 2/7/2012)
ICE press release announcing Andrew Lorenzen-Strait as first-ever Public Advocate for ICE where he will help individuals in addressing complaints, inform stakeholders on ERO policies, facilitate communication, and advise ICE leadership on stakeholder findings. AILA Doc. No. 12020725.
AILA Doc. No. 12020725.
SEVP Spotlight Newsletter, January 2012
(1803 KB - 1/23/2012)
January 2012 quarterly newsletter called ‘SEVP Spotlight’ announcing SEVIS updates and other SEVP outreach efforts. AILA Doc. No. 12012342.
AILA Doc. No. 12012342.
SEVP Website Maintenance
(597 KB - 1/23/2012)
SEVP announcement that FMJFee.com website will be down for two hours on Saturday 1/20/12. AILA Doc. No. 12012343.
AILA Doc. No. 12012343.
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