Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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Cross-Border Raid Busts 24 in El Chapo's Cartel

Daylong US-Mexico operation at Arizona border nets big results

(Newser) - American and Mexican authorities cooperated in a daylong cross-border raid that resulted in the arrest of 24 alleged high-level members of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's Sinaloa drug cartel, reports the AP . The sting known as Mexican Operation Diablo Express took place all of Friday as numerous law enforcement... More »

Missing for 14 Years, a $15M Picasso Returns Home

La Coiffeuse will be given the French government after its discovery in NY

(Newser) - A stolen painting by Pablo Picasso is back in the hands of the French government 14 years after it vanished from a Paris museum. The 1911 work La Coiffeuse (The Hairdresser) was discovered in December in a FedEx package sent to New York from Belgium. Though the package said it... More »

Suspect in SF Woman's Murder Deported 5 Times

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was almost kicked out a sixth time

(Newser) - The man accused of murdering a woman in San Francisco this week is an undocumented immigrant who's been deported five times—and nearly got kicked out again earlier this year, CNN reports. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 45, is in jail and faces a murder charge for the shooting death of... More »

Mass Arrest Nabs Over 2K Immigrants

Some were linked to gang activity and aggravated felonies

(Newser) - Immigration and customs officers arrested more than 2,000 people last week in a sting targeting fugitive immigrants linked to criminal activities—including gang members and aggravated felons, CNN reports. Federal officials say the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency's nationwide sweep, dubbed "Cross Check," led to... More »

Hundreds of Bosnians in US May Be Guilty of War Crimes: Report

Soccer coach, casino employees among those targeted for deportation

(Newser) - A Virginia soccer coach, Vegas casino workers, a dozen Phoenix residents: Hundreds of Bosnians living in the US may be guilty of war crimes, say American officials, and authorities are working to deport at least 150 of them, the New York Times reports. That number could climb past 600, officials... More »

200K Facebook Shares Force Suspect's Surrender

Ohio man said he couldn't take the pressure

(Newser) - After his picture was shared on Facebook almost 200,000 times, child porn suspect Jeremiah Malfroid "called his mother and said, 'I can’t take the pressure any more, I am going to turn myself in,'" authorities say. The 33-year-old, who was wanted in Ohio, surrendered... More »

War Crimes Suspect Walks Into Maine

Rwandan believed to have been complicit in massacre is arrested near Canada border

(Newser) - A man suspected of involvement in the Rwandan genocide was arrested in a Maine town after apparently strolling over the nearby Canadian border. Jean Leonard Teganya, 42, is now in US custody and expected to be shipped back to Rwanda. In 2011, Teganya was ordered deported from Canada after a... More »

Wounded Vets Get a New Gig: Hunting Child Pornography

Internships give them valuable computer-forensics skills

(Newser) - US veterans are joining a new mission back home: sifting through confiscated computers and hard drives for child pornography, the AP reports. "I love challenges. And I have a family of my own," said Oskar Zepeda, a 29-year-old veteran who jumped at the one-year, unpaid internship. "I... More »

In First for Obama, Deportations Drop

ICE says focus on criminals has brought numbers down

(Newser) - Immigration officials sent 368,644 people packing in the last fiscal year, a 10% drop from the record 409,849 deported in 2012, the government announced last week. It's the lowest figure ever recorded under President Obama, who has seen deportations rise every year he's been in office,... More »

Homeland Security Worker Runs a Really Scary Website

Calls the president 'a treasonous mulatto scum dweller,' among other things

(Newser) - A disturbing website that advocates for the murder of "a lot of whites" and "black-skinned Uncle Tom race traitors" is run by a Department of Homeland Security employee, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center . The website, War on the Horizon , is run by a person calling himself... More »

Feds Freed 2K Immigrants, More Than Acknowledged

Associated Press says more were planned before controversy stopped releases

(Newser) - The Homeland Security Department released from its jails more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation in recent weeks due to looming budget cuts and planned to release 3,000 more during March, the Associated Press has learned. The newly disclosed figures, cited in internal budget documents, are significantly higher... More »

White House: We Had Nothing to Do With Freed Illegals

Decision came from immigration officials, says press secretary

(Newser) - As the sequestration game of "not it" continues, the White House yesterday insisted it played no part in the decision to release hundreds of detained illegal immigrants , as some Republicans had alleged. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials made the move "without any input from the White House, as... More »

Feds Free Illegal Immigrants Ahead of Sequester Cuts

GOP calls move by customs agency a political stunt

(Newser) - As the clock ticks toward Friday's sequester deadline, we get what the AP calls the first tangible sign of those automatic budget cuts: The feds have released hundreds of illegal immigrants awaiting deportation hearings at detention centers around the country, reports the New York Times . A spokeswoman for the... More »

Family of US Agent Killed in Mexico Sues Feds

Jaime Zapata's family has previously suggested Fast and Furious link

(Newser) - The family of a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who was killed in Mexico and another agent that survived the attack are suing the US government, the agents' supervisors, the company that made their armored SUV, and the gun shops that allegedly sold two of the weapons used, the... More »

LAPD Refuses to Hand Feds All Illegal Immigrants

Under new plan, police won't detain anyone not suspected of a felony

(Newser) - The LAPD will soon stop honoring federal requests to detain illegal immigrants for deportation if they are only accused of low-level crimes, under a new plan approved by the Los Angeles Police Commission today. The plan should kick in early next month, the LA Times reports. Commissioner John Mack called... More »

Obama Uncle Gets New Deportation Hearing

He was ordered to leave US 20 years ago

(Newser) - President Obama's uncle is getting a new deportation hearing after an appeals board ordered the agency running the US immigration court system to review his case. Onyango Obama, the half brother of the president's late father, is from Kenya but has lived in the United States for decades.... More »

ICE Agents Sue Over Obama's Immigration Edicts

Their lawyer: a Romney adviser who helped craft Arizona's controversial law

(Newser) - Ten Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents are suing their own agency over Obama administration orders to focus on dangerous illegal immigrants and to defer deportations on immigrants brought to the US as children. "We are federal law enforcement officers who are being ordered to break the law," the... More »

Guy Sues Napolitano for Gender Discrimination

Also says another female official created 'frat house' atmosphere hostile to men

(Newser) - A federal worker who says he lost out on a plum job because he is a man has filed a discrimination lawsuit naming Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano as the sole defendant. What's more, James T. Hayes also alleges that a high-ranking official in Homeland Security's Immigration and... More »

Feds Rescue 18 Kids in Child Porn Investigation

Nearly 200 people arrested in US, abroad

(Newser) - Federal officials say they identified and rescued 18 minors who were the victims of child pornography, reports CNN . The month-long investigation resulted in nearly 200 arrests, mostly in the US but also in the UK, Argentina, the Philippines, and Spain. Many of the victims were apparently duped into striking up... More »

Federal Agent Killed With Own Gun by Son, 14

Myron Chisem shot in head through window of Calif. home

(Newser) - The 14-year-old son of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent has been busted in the killing of his dad in their southern California home. Myron Chisem, 42, was shot in the head with a gun fired from the backyard through the window of his family room in Carson. Chisem's... More »

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