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ID:

477

Date:

2009-12-16

Headline:

America's Secret ICE Castles

Reporter's name:

Jacqueline Stevens

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

The Nation

City:

New York, NY

Summary:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, uses an even greater number of unlisted, unmarked office locations than the agency has publicly acknowledged to hold people detained for immigration violations, making it even harder for detainees, their families, and advocates to identify them or their locations, much less defend their rights. Jacqueline Stevens, writing for The Nation, used FOIA to obtain a list of about 146 of the secret locations; a government report has mentioned that 186 such offices exist.

Notes:

The list of 186 field offices and sub-office sites and contact information is online at http://www.jacquelinestevens.org/ICEFieldSubfield0909.PDF. Numerous earlier articles have described parts of ICE's detention system, and the inadequate legal protections that have led to unjustified detentions and dozens of prisoner deaths. See FOIA Files entries #393 ("Immigration officials curb sedation of deportees," Dallas Morning News, 12/29/08), #362 ("ICE Facility Detainee's Death Stirs Questions," Washington Post, 2/1/09), #404 ("Immigrant Detainee Dies, and a Life Is Buried, Too," New York Times, 4/2/09) and #405 ("Immigration Agency's Revised List of Deaths in Custody," New York Times, 4/2/09).

Keywords:

Immigration, Customs, Enforcement, ICE, Department of Homeland Security, DHS, detainee, death, due process, detention, Immigration and Naturalization Service, INS, center, Amnesty International, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU

URL:

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100104/stevens


Agencies:

DHS
DOJ
ICE

States:

NC
NY

Categories:

civil rights
immigration


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