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Steven M. Branch

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Field Office Director

Local Address:  Salt Lake City , Utah , United States

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Steven Branch, field office ..., 1 Feb 2013 [cached]
Steven Branch, field office director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations, says the six-day procedure brought in more than 3,100 violators nationwide.
On Wednesday, Steven Branch, ..., 28 Sept 2011 [cached]
On Wednesday, Steven Branch, field office director of ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations in Salt Lake City, said Operation Cross Check targeted alleged fugitives and "egregious immigration law violators."
"Because of the hard work and focus of ICE officers and agents in Utah tracking down at-large criminal aliens and fugitives, there are 20 fewer criminal aliens in our neighborhoods across the state," Branch said.
Branch said most of the arrests in Utah took place along the Wasatch Front, with 10 of them within Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City Immigration and Custom ..., 12 April 2010 [cached]
Salt Lake City Immigration and Custom Enforcement Field Director Steven Branch says all of the detainees had a "final order of removal" and his agents were doing just that.
But these are not just illegal immigrants - they are illegal immigrants who have been convicted of felony crimes - I.C.E. calls them criminal aliens. And Branch says "Over 90 percent of those going out are criminals.
Branch says, with the border the way it is, it's next to impossible to know they are back.
Branch says even though it is not easy to find criminal aliens, when they commit another crime more and more are getting caught, serving jail time and then getting kicked out of the country. In fact, Branch says in fiscal 2010, which includes October, November, December and January, 1002 criminal aliens have been removed - just from his area of responsibility.
Branch says I.C.E. spends about $69 per day to hold suspected or convicted aliens in county jails in Utah. And the average number they are holding is right around 300. That's more than $20,000 per day.
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"We want to make sure that ..., 4 June 2010 [cached]
"We want to make sure that our local law enforcement partners know as much as possible about the people in their custody," said Steven Branch, field office director for the Immigration and Customs En-forcement's Salt Lake City Office of Detention and Removal, which includes Idaho.
Welcome to GALEO :: Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, 3 July 2006 [cached]
Three years after government announced it would try using ankle bracelets for "non-violent, low-risk," cases in Miami, Detroit and Anchorage, Alaska, and consider expanding the program nationwide, only five of these bracelets are in service, said Steven Branch, a manager for compliance at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
The problem, Branch said, was that the bracelet used on the participants "didn't tell us where they were.It just told us that they weren't home."
Branch said his agency is now looking into bracelets that have global positioning satellite capability.
In the meantime, the government has been testing other techniques.
But Branch said the situation is re-versed for illegal immigrants, who are not in a detention facility.
"With the alien population, they're released and they comply all along, until it reaches the point where they've been ordered to leave," he said."Now, they need to make a decision. 'Do I comply?' or 'Do I become a fugitive?' "
At that point, 40,000 illegal immigrants each year choose to become fugitives.The cumulative total for absconders has now soared to 597,000.
Branch said the alternative monitoring programs are still far too small to have an impact on a caseload of 1.2 million on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency docket.
Moreover, he said a major expansion may not be cost effective, although the intensive surveillance option costs $20 a day per participant, compared with $90 a day for detention.By far the most reliable way to ensure compliance with court orders is detention, Branch said.
His agency offered a non-committal answer when the inspector general for Homeland Security last April recommended speeding up alternative monitoring systems.
Branch said one method that apparently did work was tested in 2004 in Atlanta.
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