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Posted on: February 28th, 2018
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Immigrant Who Contacted Authorities for Help Detained and Handed Over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A Washington man called police about a suspicious individual roaming his property; by the end of the process, he was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by the police department he called upon for help. When police responded to a trespassing call at 5:30 Am on February 8, they began by identifying the individual who placed the call. During this identification process, an outstanding warrant for arrest was discovered which was issued by ICE. According to police, the man “proactively acknowledged” his warrant and was allowed to contact both a friend and his lawyer before being taken into custody by ICE. Once he was taken into custody, it was discovered that the warrant in question was not a judicially issued warrant, a legally recognized document which has the signature of a judge, but rather an administratively issued warrant, which is merely signed and authorized by an ICE agent. Though the police department did not issue an apology, it did announce a change in protocol as a result of the incident. Emphasizing its commitment to strengthening the relationship between police and the local immigrant and refugee population, the department stated that it will no longer recognize administrative warrants issued by ICE and that it will no longer cooperate with the agency.

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NVCA, Investors, Business Leaders and Siskind Susser PC Call on President Trump to Maintain International Entrepreneur Rule

The National Venture Capital Association led a group of 31 business leaders, investors, and organizations urging Donald Trump to not rescind the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER). Siskind Susser PC was among those who signed the letter asking to retain the IER, which has encouraged talented immigrant entrepreneurs to come to the United States to start their businesses. This is beneficial not only because it brings profitable businesses to the country, but it also creates job opportunities for Americans. A recent study found that 43 percent of fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants as well as more than half of America’s start-up companies worth $1 billion or more.

For more information, view the coalition letter.

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