ICIE initiated a Joint I-246/Prosecutorial Discretion Format to stop deportations in late 2011 until a full review of a foreign national could be performed by ICIE for correctness. Our success record is over 98%.
ICIE took the leadership role in 2012 forcing Dallas Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop their blanket policy of ordering ankle monitors on all foreign nationals regardless of whether they were a security risk, a flight risk or had a small child that was being severely affected by the monitor. The ICIE effort got national attention and ICIE scored a near 100% removal rate from the matters it was handling. When Dallas ICE was unwilling refused to take a monitor off, ICIE was not afraid to file Federal Law Suit to get the monitor off.
ICIE in 2014 started to work on an I-131 Plan to bring foreign nationals back to the United States that does not meet the “exact letter of the law” but whose removal was in error because of an error made by the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) often in violation of the Constitution of the United States. Abuses also included Extreme Family Separation and Humanitarian Concerns. This “out of the box” thinking by ICIE employed new arguments and presented raw data in a different format than previously used to obtain relief. For example, ICIE now claims that a violation of the Constitution of the United States is in fact an “extraordinary” event. In spring 2015, ICIE obtained a parole document to bring a boy from El Salvador to the United States to reunite with his family.
ICIE filed the first DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals) case in the country in 2012 before the program was even announced in the matter of Olga Zanella that started as a staged traffic stop between the City of Irving, TX and Dallas ICE. Even though Olga had been in the United States since childhood, she was pressured to accept voluntary departure that ICIE fought as being fundamentally unfair. Today, Olga has her DACA and her family of five remain in the United States with very little chance of removal to Mexico.
ICIE was very proud to have helped the OIG (Office of the Inspector General) in Washington D.C. and the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) in San Antonio, TX in their investigation of the OIG in McAllen, TX for breaking the law which resulted in the closing of that local office and several indictments of Agents. Two OIG Agents ended up getting jail time and as a result of the investigation; the FBI was given a larger role to play in investigating government corruption by DHS along the Border with Mexico and elsewhere. This was accomplished during 2012.
ICIE has also helped various law enforcement agencies in the investigation of human trafficking.
ICIE played an important national role in the summer of 2014 when it was highly critical of events going on along the United States – Mexico Border concerning unescorted minors and pushed for the removal of FEMA from the scene and the lead agency being the Department of Health and Human Services as written in the INA of 1952. The result was a near instant resolution to the problem.
ICIE has taken the general position that the immigration and Nationalization Act of 1952 Title 8 Code of Federal Regulations adopted in 1954 need not to be overhauled but rather remain in tact provided a revision is made to the statue that modifies the devastation caused by IIRIRA (Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act) under the Clinton Administration in 1996.
ICIE pushed the representation of foreign nationals in Dallas to the limit by filing complaints with numerous Department of Homeland Security Agencies in Washington D.C. and filing appeals with the Bureau of Immigration Appeals questioning why DHS and DOJ (Department of Justice) were refusing to honor 8 CFR 1292.1 (a)(3) (i-iv). ICIE continues to challenge the Dallas position because nearly every DHS office elsewhere honors ICIE in some format.
ICIE as part of its mission to help foreign nationals formed “La Familia de ICIE” to work with our families to help them better understand and integrate into American society. The most important element is getting adult members enrolled in English schooling. ICIE pays for the schooling of not only those taking English classes but those foreign national adults that want to earn their GED as well. In addition, ICIE offers counseling sessions with those families that are having trouble adjusting and will pay for professional help if the need exists. ICIE also conducts several annual events for the entire group related to civics, community service and family fun.
ICIE produced a ninety minutes documentary due to be released in 2015 titled “El Gringo Schindler”. The documentary traces the stories of several ICIE families and their attempt to remain together as a family unit. In many of the matters, the position of the government is simply wrong and based on an error of law. The documentary takes a look at the “behind the scenes” world the foreign national is forced deal with at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICIE also has a new website which is very detailed and provides the general public with much insight in to the “real world of immigration” and why so many are calling for reform.