9/30 Deadline for Public Comment on ICE Detainer Policy: More info here
via Brittney Nystrom:
As you may know, ICE recently released a draft guidance policy for its agents on immigration detainers, open for public comment until September 30, 2010. The draft policy is available on ICE’s website here (PDF). ICE’s explanation of the public comment procedures is at the bottom of this webpage.
Detainers are a major component of immigration enforcement operations and a civil rights issue for thousands of immigrants across the country.
Pro-enforcement Congressmen have already weighed in with their opinion of ICE’s draft policy; it is essential that other voices are heard. This public discourse on detainers is a positive step for ICE and DHS, and an opportunity to strengthen due process and civil rights protections for immigrants.
We would like to encourage ICE to follow-through on the enforcement priorities they’ve already laid out, and to encourage them to be more explicit about their opposition to racial profiling. To foster public comment, we have prepared the attached materials Detainer Guidance Advisory Final (PDF):
- an explanation of what immigration detainers are, and what is under consideration in ICE’s draft guidance
- a copy of the original draft guidance, and
- a template for submitting comments.
ICE has requested that the public respond with comments to ICEDetainerComments@dhs.gov by Thursday, September 30, 2010. Also consider copying your Senators and Representatives in Congress on your submission.
Time to comment is tight. September 30 is only a couple of weeks away. Please consider sending your comments, concerns and recommendations to ICE. Feel free to disseminate this information widely.
Thanks for your help,