Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Modern Immigration Enforcement State at Work

It is commonplace for ImmigrationProf to report lawsuits against the U.S. government for alleged violations of the law in its immigration enforcement activities.  Two recent articles remind us of the raciual profiling prevalent in modern immigration enforcement and the devasting consequences on the lives of real people. 

David Kravets on Wired reports that, after seven years of litigation, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii: FBI human error. FBI agent Kevin Kelley was investigating Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004 when he checked the wrong box on a terrorism form, erroneously placing Rahinah Ibrahim on the no-fly list. Instead of admitting to the error, high-ranking Obama administration officials spent years covering it up.

The ACLU of Rhode Island reports that a federal court has ruled that the ACLU can proceed with a lawsuit on behalf of a North Providence resident who has twice been held in prison as a deportable “alien” even though she is a U.S. citizen.  Ada Morales, who was born in Guatemala and became a naturalized United States citizen in 1995, was taken into custody on criminal charges in May 2009. While she was being held at the ACI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials lodged an “immigration detainer” against her – apparently assuming, based on her race and her place of birth, that she was a deportable noncitizen. 



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