Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I.C.E. News

"ICE initiative uses biometrics to enhance identification and removal of criminal aliens in Southeastern Michigan
Criminal and immigration records of all detainees to be checked"
"Law enforcement agencies in southeastern Michigan will benefit from a new initiative developed by the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) that modernizes the process used to accurately identify and remove dangerous criminal aliens from the community.
The initiative, Secure Communities, is administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Secure Communities enables ICE to determine whether an individual arrested by a participating state or local law enforcement agency is a dangerous criminal alien and take the appropriate action to remove that individual from the community...

Formerly as part of the booking process, arrestees' fingerprints were taken and checked for criminal history information against the DOJ biometric system maintained by the FBI. With the implementation of Secure Communities Wayne County, the fingerprint information will now be simultaneously checked against both the FBI criminal history records and the biometrics-based immigration records maintained by the DHS.

If any fingerprints match those of someone in DHS's biometric system, the new automated process notifies ICE. ICE evaluates each case to determine the individual's immigration status and takes appropriate enforcement action after offenders complete their prison terms. Top priority is given to aliens who pose the greatest threat to public safety, such as those with prior convictions for major drug offenses, murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping."
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"Record foreign student attendance highlights DHS 'Open Doors' policy
Student visa program balances security, openness"

"WASHINGTON - The publication today of the 2009 Open Doors Report, the leading comprehensive account of international student enrollment throughout American institutions, shows that despite the global economic downturn, record numbers of international students are traveling to the United States to study at institutions of higher education.
Equally important, these numbers showcase the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Open Doors Policy of balancing efforts to secure the nation's student visa system while preserving the rich tradition of recruiting the best minds from around the world.
'More secure borders and ongoing openness are not mutually exclusive, and I think the success the United States is experiencing in attracting students from around the world proves this point,' said Lou Farrell, Director of the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 'The partnership ICE has developed with the academic community has been critical to our efforts, and we will need to maintain that partnership as our system continues to evolve.'
At more than 670,000, the latest surge in foreign students choosing the United States marks a rate of growth not seen since 1980 and continues a pattern of continuous growth over the past three years...

To learn more about the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, visit the website of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
For review a copy of the Open Doors Report, visit the website of the Institute of International Education."
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"Vietnamese predator nabbed by Joint Criminal Alien Removal Task Force in Mobile"

"MOBILE, Ala. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) detention and removal officers arrested yesterday a Vietnamese national convicted of sexual abuse, forgery and misdemeanor battery.

Hung Hoang Nguyen, 50, was arrested as a result of a Joint Criminal Alien Removal Task Force (JCART) operation targeting sexual predators...

On April 30, 1979, Nguyen was convicted in Sebastian County, Ark., for first degree carnal abuse and received a sentence of five days in prison followed by three years in probation. On July 21, 1983, Nguyen was convicted in Benton County, Ark., for second degree forgery and received a sentence of three years probation. On May 6, 1992, Nguyen was convicted in Brevard County, Fla., for misdemeanor first degree battery and received a sentence of 20 days with a 10-day suspension....

The arrest of Nguyen was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers and foreign-national predators whose crimes make them deportable. Launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested almost 12,000 individuals through Operation Predator...

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or"
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