Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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Their Info Was in ICE's Hands. Bigwig Is Accused of Stealing It

Raphael Sanchez, chief counsel for Seattle's ICE office, has been indicted

(Newser) - The lead attorney for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Seattle office abruptly resigned Monday, with an indictment charging him with wire fraud and identity theft handed down the same day. The identities Raphael A. Sanchez is accused of stealing, per BuzzFeed : those of seven immigrants whose cases the agency was... More »

Prof Was Getting Kids Ready for School When ICE Came

Syed Ahmed Jamal has lived in the US for 30 years

(Newser) - 'We are the children of Syed Ahmed Jamal, and we are requesting on behalf of our family for your kind help to get back our father." So wrote one of the Lawrence, Kansas, man's three kids—two of whom watched as their father was arrested as he... More »

Colleagues 'Outraged' at Mich. Doctor's ICE Detention

Lukasz Niec may be sent back to Poland after 40 years in US; 'I ... thought it was a prank,' wife says

(Newser) - A quarter of a century ago, 17-year-old Lukasz Niec took a plea deal on two misdemeanors—a move that might send the now-43-year-old Michigan doctor back to his native Poland, despite the fact that he's lived in the US since he was a young child, speaks no Polish, and... More »

7-Eleven Raids Open New Front on Immigration

Immigration agents target dozens of 7-Eleven stores with employment audits

(Newser) - US immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump's presidency. The AP reports agents targeted about 100 stores nationwide, broadening an investigation that began with... More »

Washington State Suit: Motel 6 Sold Its Guests Out to ICE

Complaint says budget hotel chain voluntarily gave up personal guest info to immigration officials

(Newser) - Washington state is suing Motel 6 for selling out its guests, accusing the budget motel chain of voluntarily giving ICE officials daily lists with guests' driver's license numbers, DOBs, and room numbers, reports KIRO 7 . "The scale of what Motel 6 was doing is deeply disturbing to me,... More »

5 Jump the Fence Into US—at Border Wall Model Site

Prototypes at San Diego site are almost finished

(Newser) - The last two of eight prototypes for President Trump's proposed border wall took shape Thursday at a construction site in San Diego. The prototypes form a tightly packed row of imposing concrete and metal panels, including one with sharp metal edges on top, the AP reports. Companies have until... More »

Immigrant's 'Unusual' Reprieve After 11 Months in Hiding

Javier Flores Garcia is going home to be with his family thanks to special deferred status and visa

(Newser) - Since November, Javier Flores Garcia has been separated from his family and hunkered down in a Philly church to avoid deportation, serving as a handyman and praying. On Wednesday, per NBC Philadelphia , the undocumented immigrant finally left the Arch Street United Methodist Church where he'd found sanctuary not long... More »

ICE Arrests May Be Up, but Deportations Are Down

Advocacy groups are providing free help to those facing deportation

(Newser) - With three weeks to go until the end of the 2017 fiscal year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement had deported just 211,068 immigrants, roughly 30,000 less than in the 2016 fiscal year and nearly half of the 410,000 deported in 2012. But as of Sept. 9, ICE had... More »

Government Sued Over Border Searches of Electronic Devices

ACLU argues devices nowadays contain tons of personal, private information

(Newser) - A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the US government's growing practice of searching laptops and cellphones at the border is unconstitutional because electronic devices now carry troves of private personal and business information, the AP reports. But the government has vociferously defended its searches as critical to protecting the... More »

He Tried to Take Off His Shoulder Bag. Then, a Bang

Federal agent shoots himself in foot at Orlando International Airport

(Newser) - Passengers at Orlando International Airport Tuesday were startled by what turned out to be the sound of a federal agent shooting himself in the foot. Police say the man was a vacationing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent from Kansas City who accidentally dislodged his holstered weapon, the Orlando Sentinel reports.... More »

He Won Fight to Leave Prison, Now Faces Deportation

Rene Lima-Marin is in ICE custody

(Newser) - Rene Lima-Marin may not be reunited with his family after all. The Colorado man freed from prison, rearrested , then ordered freed once again was handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement just before he was due to walk free Wednesday and could now be deported, reports the Denver Post . The... More »

California DUI Suspect Was Deported 15 Times

Crash injured boy, 6, on way home from Disneyland

(Newser) - A Mexican citizen accused of severely injuring a 6-year-old boy in a DUI crash in California Saturday night had already been deported from the US no fewer than 15 times, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The boy, Lennox Lake, was hospitalized with a major head injury after the... More »

Call Girl Guilty in Google Exec's Death May Be Deported

ICE detains Alix Tichelman upon release from jail

(Newser) - The prostitute who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs in the 2013 death of a Google executive aboard his yacht has been released from custody early due to good behavior—but she might not be hanging around the US for long. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office... More »

Congressman Cuffed After Deportation Appeal

He accuses officials of targeting DREAMers

(Newser) - During a meeting Monday, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez tried to convince Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to reverse a decision to deport a Mexican immigrant who is to be separated from her six children. Instead, he ended up in handcuffs. The congressman had been among a delegation of immigrant advocates... More »

Chicago Principals Told to Keep ICE Agents Out

Agents will need a criminal warrant to enter schools

(Newser) - As educators around the US wonder whether a crackdown on immigrants will reach their schoolhouse doors, principals in Chicago have been given a simple order: Do not let federal immigration agents in without a criminal warrant. The stand taken by Chicago Public Schools, the country's third-largest school system, is... More »

Homeland Security Plans Aggressive Stance on Illegal Immigration

Agency wants to prosecute parents who illegally bring kids to US

(Newser) - "The surge of immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vulnerability," Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly writes in sweeping new guidelines on immigration policy. According to draft guidelines seen by the Washington Post , Kelly plans to... More »

ICE Agents Arrest Woman in Domestic Violence Court

She'd gone there for a protective order, says attorney

(Newser) - Another immigration arrest is making headlines, this time in El Paso, Texas. Six federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested an undocumented woman who'd gone to court to get a protective order for domestic violence, reports KFOX . In fact, El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal thinks the... More »

Feds Detain 1st DREAMer in Immigration Raids

Seattle man was brought to US as a child

(Newser) - The first case of many? A man brought to the US from Mexico as a child is being detained by immigration authorities despite having been granted a work permit under President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan, Fusion reports. Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, was arrested when Immigration and... More »

College Students Nationwide Walk Out to Protest Trump

They're calling for 'sanctuary campuses'

(Newser) - College students at campuses around the United States marched and rallied Wednesday, urging administrators to protect students and employees against immigration action under a Donald Trump presidency. Rallying supporters on social media with the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus , organizers said actions were planned at more than 80 schools, including Vermont's Middlebury... More »

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 »

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