ICE Statistics

Here are some statistics from last night’s presentation from the Center for Worker Justice, the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, and the Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project:

In the first seven months of Trump’s presidency, interior—not border—immigration arrests have increased by 43 percent.

In 2018, nearly 70 percent of immigration cases start in detention. Compare this to 35 percent in 2017.

Federal law does not provide legal representation to a non-citizen if she can’t afford it herself. Nationally, only 14 percent of detained immigrants have the funds to hire an attorney.

Nationally, 68 percent of immigrants released on bond are able to stay in the United States. The fulcrum here seems at least partially to rest on whether or not the immigrant receives a fair hearing.

Regarding the May Mount Pleasant, Iowa, raid–which has rattled my neck of the woods–locals have raised over $100k in legal aid for the detainees within the space of one month. As of now, 23 of the 32 detainees have achieved bond, and are living at home while they await their trail date. Of the remaining nine, six still need bail and three have opted for “voluntary” deportation. The Mount Pleasant raid used local, county, state, and federal law enforcement. It employed helicopters, dogs, and tasers. Aside from violations involving unlawful residency, no member of the Mount Pleasant 32 faces criminal charges of any kind.

(Originally posted June 21, 2018)

PRIVATE Signs Protect Immigrants

Dearies: Do you know that ICE can’t enter a residence without a judge’s warrant? Do you know that workplaces can extend a modicum of that protection by putting a Private/Staff Only sign on a door to, say, a back room? The National Immigration Law Center says, that “to show that some areas are private, mark them with a ‘Private’ sign, keep the doors closed or locked, and have a policy that visitors and the public cannot enter those areas without permission.” I’ve heard other lawyer folks say that this measure isn’t ironclad, as the need for a signed warrant pertains only to an area that provides an “expectation of privacy.” But it can help. And, you know, PRIVATE signs are cheap.

(Originally posted March 20, 2016)