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Woman Who Knocked Off MAGA Cap Gets in Real Trouble

ICE accuses Brazil native of living here illegally

(Newser) - A woman charged with assault and battery after a diner said she knocked his "Make America Great Again" cap off now faces deportation. Immigration officers arrested Rosiane Santos on Tuesday, USA Today reports, accusing her of being a citizen of Brazil living in Massachusetts illegally. A lawyer for Santos... More »

Lawyer: ICE to Release Grammy-Nominated Rapper

21 Savage 'won his freedom'

(Newser) - It's too late for him to attend the Grammys, where he was nominated for two awards, but lawyers for Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage say they have secured his release from immigration custody. The 26-year-old, whose real name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested Feb. 3 and many fans... More »

Mood Sours on Border Security Talks

The acting White House chief of staff issues a warning

(Newser) - Bargainers clashed Sunday over whether to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, tossing a new hurdle before negotiators hoping to strike a border security compromise for Congress to pass this coming week, the AP reports. The White House wouldn't rule out a renewed partial government shutdown if... More »

Rapper Up for 2 Grammys Nabbed by ICE Agents

21 Savage was arrested Sunday

(Newser) - Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was taken into federal immigration custody early Sunday, authorities said. The artist, whose given name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested in a targeted operation in the Atlanta area involving local and federal law enforcement officers, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said... More »

Migrant on Hunger Strike: I'm Being Force-Fed

Man says he's tied down and force-fed through tubes

(Newser) - Nine men—up from six earlier this week—are being force-fed under court order in a detention center in El Paso, Texas, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. One of the hunger strikers, a 22-year-old man from Indian who called the AP on Friday, described how he is dragged from... More »

ICE Set Up a Fake College. Then Came the Arrests

The 'University of Farmington' was used to nab recruiters of undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday names eight suspects accused of "harboring aliens for profit"—and it was a phony university set up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that nabbed them. NBC News reports on the fake "University of Farmington," which set up shop in 2015 near... More »

High School Student's Doodle Leads to Deportation

Alex drew a devil with horns, the school mascot; ICE deemed it gang activity

(Newser) - Alex attended Huntington High School on Long Island, and he committed three big sins in the eyes of the authorities: He once wore blue sneakers to the school, he wrote "504" on his school bag and on a school calculator, and he doodled a devil with horns on his... More »

For Couple on Way to Give Birth, ICE Had a Different Plan

California man is hauled away after feds say he's wanted on murder charges in Mexico

(Newser) - A California woman said Saturday that she had to drive herself to the hospital and give birth without her husband after he was detained by immigration agents. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the man was detained because he was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant in a homicide... More »

$500 Twitter Offer Could Cost Man $250K

Brandon Ziobrowski allegedly sought someone to kill ICE agents

(Newser) - FYI, Twitter is not the place to seek out an assassin. Federal authorities say a tweet soliciting the murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents was flagged as a domestic terrorism threat days after it was posted July 2, leading to the Thursday arrest of a Massachusetts man in New... More »

Judge Rejects US Plan to Detain Families Indefinitely

She rules administration can't alter Flores agreement

(Newser) - A federal judge has rejected what she called President Trump's "cynical" effort to ditch an agreement limiting the amount of time children can be held in immigration detention. Dolly Gee, a Los Angeles-based US district judge, said the administration had offered "tortured" reasoning in its attempt to... More »

Why 19 ICE Agents Want to See ICE Obliterated

They want to see it dissolved, and to have 2 distinct agencies rise from the ashes

(Newser) - On Wednesday, the Intercept declared that calls for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be dissolved are becoming "more mainstream." It points out that at least 15 Democratic congressional candidates— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among them—have platforms that call for de-funding or getting rid of the 15-year-old agency altogether. Now,... More »

Detained Migrant Teen Finds His Own Loophole

15-year-old from Honduras walks away from Texas facility, and authorities can't stop him

(Newser) - A teenager from Honduras being held in a high-profile immigration detention center in Texas may have just exposed a vulnerability in the system: The 15-year-old simply walked off the premises, and authorities there were powerless to stop him, reports the New York Times . The teen left the Case Padre migrant... More »

Split Migrant Families Face 'Total Labyrinth'

Source says out of 2.3K, 500 have been reunited with families

(Newser) - Amid widespread confusion over President Trump's executive order on border separations, a senior administration official says many of the children taken from their families have already been reunited with their parents. The official, speaking under condition of anonymity, tells the AP that around 500 of more than 2,300... More »

In Audio, Border Agent Jokes About Screaming of Separated Kids

McCain calls policy an 'affront to the decency of the American people'

(Newser) - A harrowing recording from inside a border facility has added fuel to the controversy over the immigration policies that have separated thousands of children from their families. In the recording, which ProPublica says was made last week and provided to civil rights attorney Jennifer Harbury by a whistleblower, wailing children... More »

Teen Murdered After ICE Sends Him Back to Mexico

Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco was 'really happy in Iowa,' mother says

(Newser) - An Iowa teenager was murdered in Mexico after being returned to his birth country by the US government, CNN reports. Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco, 19, had DACA status, a family, and worked as a mechanic while attending high school. "He was really happy in Iowa," his mother says.... More »

ICE Detains Pizza Guy at NYC Army Base

Pablo Villavicencio, who's married to a US citizen and has no criminal record, is set to be deported

(Newser) - Pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio says he'd delivered food to Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton many times before. But last week, the 35-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant found himself detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the US Army base. Now he faces deportation, the New York Times reports. CBS News and... More »

Hobby Lobby's Smuggled Artifacts Headed Back to 'Rightful Owner'

3.8K of the ill-begotten artifacts are heading back overseas on Wednesday

(Newser) - Hobby Lobby's "passion for the Bible" may have made it a bit overzealous when it came to purchasing antiquities from other lands. The arts and crafts retailer obtained thousands of illegally smuggled artifacts from Iraq in 2010—then subsequently agreed to send them back —and now that... More »

US Army Veteran Deported to 'Dangerous Area' of Border

Miguel Perez Jr. served 2 tours in Afghanistan before a drug-charge conviction

(Newser) - "This is a deplorable way to treat a veteran who risked his life in combat for our nation," is Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth's characterization of what has happened to Miguel Perez Jr . The Mexico-born 39-year-old spent roughly three decades as a legal permanent resident here, she says.... More »

Couple Dies Fleeing ICE Agents, Leaves Behind 6 Children

Farmworkers were in US illegally

(Newser) - A couple in the country illegally were fleeing US immigration officials in a rural California farm town when they lost control of their car and crashed into a power pole, killing the husband and wife with six children, police said. The deaths Tuesday come as immigrant advocates say US immigration... More »

ICE Spokesman Quits Over a Number

James Schwab said he 'didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts'

(Newser) - In 2015, James Schwab became the San Francisco rep for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He quit the position last week, saying he "didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts." The move comes in the wake of a four-day February sweep, which President Trump, Jeff Sessions, and ICE... More »

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