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Press reports widespread ICE violations of warrant signature requirements and erroneous targeting of US citizens

  1. Date Announced

    March 13, 2019

    Some ICE officers are reportedly forging supervisors’ signatures on arrest warrants for undocumented immigrants and detainers (requests to law enforcement to hold immigrants) or using pre-signed forms, in violation of a 2017 ICE rule mandating an accompanying warrant be reviewed and signed by authorized supervisors for each detainer. An ACLU investigation reveals substantial flaws in Miami-Dade county's detainer system. [ID #382]

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Status: Reported
Agencies Affected: ICE State & Local Entities

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Citizens on Hold: A Look at ICE’s Flawed Detainer System in Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County’s records show that between February 2017 and February 2019, ICE sent the jail 420 detainer requests for people listed as U.S. citizens, only to later cancel 83 of those requests—evidently because the agency determined, after the fact, that its targets were in fact U.S. citizens. The remaining individuals’ detainers were not canceled, and so they continued to be held for ICE to deport them.

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Dozens of U.S. citizens may have been targeted by ICE at Miami jail, ACLU says

More than 80 U.S. citizens may have been targeted for detention by federal immigration officials in Miami-Dade County during a two-year span, according to a new report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. The report, titled “Citizens on Hold: A Look at ICE’s Flawed Detainer System in Miami-Dade County,” points to a pattern of mistakes in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement database the agency uses to identify inmates at local jails who are potential candidates for deportation.

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