From Immigration News Briefs, Vol. 9, No. 23 - June 18, 2006


On June 14, Assistant Secretary for ICE Julie Myers announced
that ICE agents had apprehended 2,179 immigrants in a nationwide
sweep between May 26 and June 13. Virtually every ICE field
office in the US took part in "Operation Return to Sender," in
collaboration with state and local law enforcement agencies.
About half of the arrested immigrants had prior criminal records,
and 367 were described by ICE as "members or associates of
violent street gangs" (presumably without criminal records).
Another 640 of the arrested immigrants were "fugitives" who had
ignored final orders of removal issued by an immigration judge.
The remaining arrestees were immigration status violators picked
up during the raids. Most were arrested on administrative
immigration violations and were placed in removal proceedings;
ICE said on June 14 that 829 of them had already been removed.
ICE agents also arrested 121 people on federal criminal charges
ranging from felony re-entry after deportation to "illegal alien
in possession of a firearm." [ICE News Release 6/14/06]

"It looks like they [ICE officials] are just trying to get
numbers for statistics to report back to Washington," said David
Wenger, a Detroit immigration attorney, about the raids in the
Detroit area. [Detroit Free Press 6/8/06]


On June 14, federal judge John Gleeson of US District Court for
the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn, handed down a 99-
page ruling in Turkmen v. Ashcroft, a class-action lawsuit
against US government officials, brought by Muslim immigrants
detained after Sept. 11, 2001. Gleeson rejected the government's
motion to dismiss claims concerning conditions of confinement,
and agreed that the plaintiffs can sue over their abusive and
unconstitutional treatment. That decision means top federal
officials, including former Attorney General John Ashcroft and
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director Robert S. Mueller
III, will have to answer to those accusations under oath. Gleeson
rejected the government's argument that the Sept. 11 terror
attacks justified extraordinary measures to detain noncitizens
who fell under suspicion, or that top officials needed special
immunity to be able to combat future threats without fear of
being sued.

However, Gleeson also ruled that the government has broad
discretion to enforce immigration laws selectively, based on a
person's religion, race or national origin, and to detain
noncitizens indefinitely, for any reason, after an immigration
judge has ordered them removed--as long as their removal is
"reasonably forseeable." Gleeson admitted that if such profiling
were "applied to citizens, our courts would be highly
suspicious." The Center for Constitutional Rights represented the
detainees and plans to appeal. [New York Times 6/15/06; CCR
"Turkmen" Summary 6/16/06]

Also in INB 6/18/06:

--Kansas Beef Plant Raid
--Raid at North Carolina Stadium
--DC Area Airport Raided
--Base Arrests in Maryland, Virginia
--Fischer Homes: Arrests, Guilty Pleas
--Seattle Imam Ordered Deported
--Mixed Rulings on Jordan Removal

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