Cambodian refugee who came to US as 1-year-old is deported after no pardon from California Gov. Newsom
A 48-year-old reformed inmate who served 25 years in prison was deported by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to Cambodia on Tuesday. Phoeun You, a former child refugee from Cambodia, was sent back to a country he is barely familiar with after failing to get a pardon from California Governor Gavin Newsom. Such a pardon would have allowed him to stay in the U.S., where his family has stayed for decades since fleeing the Khmer Rouge when he was a 1-year-old child.news.yahoo.com
I-TEAM given exclusive access by Baker County sheriff to federal wing of jail where immigrant detainees allege ‘inhumane conditions’
The News4JAX I-TEAM was granted unprecedented access this week to the federal wing of the Baker County Detention Center that houses more than a hundred immigrant detainees.
I-TEAM obtains inspection report for Baker detention facility where detainees allege ‘inhumane conditions’
The News4JAX I-TEAM obtained an inspection report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the federal wing of the Baker County Detention Center, which was described in a federal complaint as a “living hell.”
ICE arrests and deportations plunged in 2021 as the agency focused on detaining immigrants convicted of serious crimes
Current rules instruct ICE officers to detain immigrants convicted of serious crimes, migrants who recently crossed a U.S. border illegally, and those deemed to pose a national security risk, such as suspected terrorists.cbsnews.com
Agents with Homeland Security team to wear body cameras
Agents with an investigative unit of the Department of Homeland Security will wear body cameras for the first time as part of a six-month pilot program that will focus on the costs and benefits of using the technology in federal law enforcement.
Deported veteran sues to get naturalization interview in US
Hector Ocegueda-Rivera wanted to head to an interview in Los Angeles with immigration officers so he could become a U.S. citizen — but since he was deported to Mexico, he couldn't get back in the country to do so. Now, the 53-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran who was deported after a conviction for driving under the influence is suing to demand the U.S. government let him in to attend the interview or send an immigration officer to the border to speak with him so he can meet the requirements of becoming an American. “It’s absurd that we have to sue them but it is the only way to get them to do it,” said Talia Inlender, a supervising senior staff attorney at Public Counsel and one of his lawyers.news.yahoo.com
Trial to determine if GEO must pay detainees minimum wage
After nearly four years of litigation and pandemic-related delays, a trial is underway to determine whether the GEO Group must pay minimum wage to detainees who perform cooking, cleaning and other tasks at its Northwest immigration detention center in Washington state.
Man Sentenced to Prison for Producing Images of Child Sexual Abuse
A Nevada man was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison for producing images of child sexual abuse involving multiple minor victims under the age of 12 years old. According to court documents, in January 2015, Eric Blair McCartt, 37, of Reno, joined a chat group dedicated to trading child sexual abuse materials. He thereafter used two prepubescent minor victims known to him to produce images of child sexual abuse including photographing his own genitalia on the victims’ faces while they were sleeping. “The production of images of child sexual abuse is heinous and causes incalculable and long-lasting harm to victims. “Child pornography, when it’s released on the internet, lives on forever to haunt the innocent children whose abuse is depicted in the images.justice.gov
US govt seizes over 10M phony N95 masks in COVID-19 probe
They have no utility whatsoever,” Homeland Security Secretary Ali Mayorkas said of the fake masks. Homeland Security officials would not say which states the phony masks were sent to, but said criminal charges would be forthcoming. The company delivered some 2 billion N95 masks in 2020 as the pandemic intensified, but in the earlier months, when masks were in short supply, fraudsters took advantage. But phony masks have already made it to front-line workers in other cases. Over the past year there has been more than 1,250 raids by law enforcement resulting in the seizure of millions of fake masks.
Biden administration reportedly preparing new rules limiting ICE arrests and deportations
Biden administration reportedly preparing new rules limiting ICE arrests and deportations U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers will reportedly be given new guidance that will lead to fewer arrests and deportations. The Washington Post reports the policy change would mean ICE agents will no longer seek deportations for immigrants convicted of drunk driving and assault. CBS News immigration reporter Camilo Montoya-Galvez joins CBSN to discuss.cbsnews.com
Trump agreements seek to tie Biden's hands on immigration
The agreements say Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana and Texas are entitled to a 180-day consultation period before executive branch policy changes take effect. The Biden administration rejects that argument on grounds that immigration is solely the federal government's responsibility under the Constitution. The Trump administration, usually eager to trumpet immigration enforcement, stayed publicly quiet on the agreements, which were first reported by BuzzFeed News. It is our hope that the SAFE agreement will foster timely communications about any significant forthcoming policy changes. “For our entire history, immigration policy has been understood to be the exclusive responsibility of the federal government,” Legomsky said.
Couple hid in Philadelphia church for over 2 years to avoid deportation
Couple hid in Philadelphia church for over 2 years to avoid deportation Oneita and Clive Thompson are celebrating freedom after spending 843 days in hiding to avoid deportation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it will no longer seek removal of the couple, who have five children. The Thompsons join CBSN to share their story.cbsnews.com
ICE arrests and deportations dropped sharply in 2020, largely due to the pandemic
In fiscal year 2020, ICE said it carried out more than 185,000 deportations, significantly fewer than the 226,000 immigrants deported in 2017, the previous low for the Trump administration. The last time ICE deportations were lower was in 2005, when 180,000 deportations were carried out, according to figures provided by the agency. ICE said arrests and deportations dropped sharply in 2020 because of air travel restrictions and coronavirus mitigation policies. ICE detention is legally a civil matter, designed to ensure that people the government seeks to deport complete their immigration proceedings. Mr. Biden's advisers reiterated Tuesday that he remains committed to these promises and said the incoming administration will have a "sensible approach" to ICE arrests.cbsnews.com
US plans family deportations, including girl with broken arm
Rennix said ICE also declined to release the family so the girl can have the surgery in the U.S. while they pursue their immigration case. Some argue releasing children to family sponsors while keeping parents detained and facing deportation would be tantamount to family separation, a practice for which the Trump administration has faced enormous criticism. The 4-year-old girl and her mother first came to the U.S.-Mexico border last year, fleeing death threats in Ecuador, according to Rennix, their lawyer. The girl's arm was intentionally broken by a man who twisted it front of her mother as a threat, Rennix said. Earlier this year, advocates sued on behalf of a 5-year-old boy who suffered a skull fracture before his family was detained.
US agrees for now to stop deporting women who alleged abuse
HOUSTON – The U.S. government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist, according to court papers filed Tuesday. Dozens of women have alleged that they were mistreated by Dr. Mahendra Amin, a gynecologist who was seeing patients from the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. The Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general is investigating as well. Several women say they have faced retaliation by immigration authorities for coming forward. Further investigations have found several examples of Amin performing surgeries on women who later said they didn't consent to the procedures or didn't fully understand them.
First immigrant detainee with COVID-19 dies in U.S. custody in California
FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Otay Mesa Detention Center, a ICE (Immigrations & Customs Enforcement) federal detention center privately owned and operated by prison contractor CoreCivic, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in San Diego, California, U.S., April 11, 2020. Carlos Escobar-Mejia had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, on April 24 and was hospitalized, ICE said in a statement. Overall, more than 700 immigrants in ICE custody have tested positive for the virus out of around 1,400 tested nationally. As of May 5, 140 of the 181 detainees who have been tested at the center have come back positive for COVID-19. Pro-immigrant advocates have called for detainees - particularly low-level offenders - to be released from custody given the risks of contracting COVID-19 in detention.feeds.reuters.com
U.S. records first coronavirus death of immigrant detainee
(Reuters) - The first immigrant in U.S. detention has died of the novel coronavirus, local health authorities in the state of California said on Thursday, as infections steadily climbed among the countrys around 30,000 immigrant detainees. FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Otay Mesa Detention Center, a ICE (Immigrations & Customs Enforcement) federal detention center privately owned and operated by prison contractor CoreCivic, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in San Diego, California, U.S., April 11, 2020. The Otay Mesa facility near the U.S.-Mexico border can hold up to nearly 2,000 ICE detainees and U.S. It reported its first positive case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, late in March. The coronavirus has infected about 1.2 million people in the United States and killed around 74,000 as of late Wednesday.feeds.reuters.com
Judge orders ICE to consider releasing all immigrants at risk of dying if infected by coronavirus
He required the agency to make "timely custody determinations" for all detainees who fall into any of the high-risk categories he outlined. Bernal underscored a sense of urgency in his order, admonishing ICE several times for what he described as inadequate and slow efforts to protect detainees. Earlier this month, ICE announced it would consider releasing detainees who were over the age of 60 or pregnant. The agency released nearly 700 detainees under these guidelines, according to ICE and congressional officials. "I used to tell people, 'what you see in here from ICE is the worst of America,'" Sanchez-Martinez said in a statement.cbsnews.com
U.S. immigration officials evaluate vulnerable detainees for possible release amid pandemic
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. immigration officials said on Tuesday they are considering releasing some detainees at high risk for coronavirus infection as detainees and workers have tested positive for the resulting COVID-19 illness. Among those whose cases are being reviewed are pregnant women and detainees ages 60 and older, according to the agency. ICE said that it already had identified 600 detainees it considered vulnerable and released 160 people from custody. Several top House Democrats sent letters to ICE earlier in the day that called on the agency to release detainees who do not pose a threat to public safety. Trump issued an executive order shortly after taking office in 2017 that called on federal immigration authorities to detain immigration law violators whenever possible.feeds.reuters.com
Trump administration opens new legal front in battle against 'sanctuary' jurisdictions
People protest outside the ICE immigration detention center in Adelanto, California, U.S., August 8, 2019. Republican President Donald Trump faces re-election in November and has made his battle against sanctuary jurisdictions a focus of his campaign for a second term. The sanctuary label is typically applied to cities and states that limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. Previous efforts by the administration to withhold federal funds from police forces in sanctuary cities were largely shut down by courts. The use of this subpoena authority seems to be another example of the Trump administration distorting or manipulating the immigration laws to serve political ends, he said.feeds.reuters.com
Judge restores immigrant-detention hotline featured in Orange Is the New Black
Two days later, ICE shut down its visitation programs at three Los Angeles-area facilities. ICE shut down the organizations visitation program at Otay Mesa in August 2013. Two weeks later, ICE and the local sheriffs department terminated the organizations visitation program at Etowah. In November 2018, ICE restricted the Freedom for Immigrants hotline to seven detention facilities in Florida. On Aug. 7, ICE shut it down.latimes.com
Justice Department Sues State of California, California Governor, and California Attorney General for Prohibiting the Operation of Private Detention Facilities in the State
The Justice Department filed suit against California Governor Gavin Newsom, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and the State of California challenging California state law A.B. 32, which prohibits any individual or entity from operating private detention facilities in the state. 32, prisoners and detainees currently housed in private facilities in California will have to be relocated at great cost, potentially isolating prisoners and detainees from their families and causing overcrowding in neighboring states. 32 will also require frequent and costly transportation of prisoners and detainees. 32 may delay federal proceedings due to the out-of-state relocation of prisoners and detainees.justice.gov
Justice Department Sues King County, Washington, and King County Executive for Prohibiting U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement Contractors From Using King County International Airport
Today, the Justice Department filed suit against King County, Washington, and King County Executive Dow Constantine challenging King County Executive Order PFC-7-1-EO, which has the purpose and intended effect of prohibiting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contractors from using King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field, as a terminal for flights to remove individuals from the United States or transport immigration detainees within the country. As a result of similar refusals at other airports in the Seattle area, ICEs contractor has been forced to relocate these flights to Yakima, Washington. This has created significant operational difficulties and additional costs for ICE due to: (1) the increased costs of flying in and out of Yakimas airport, (2) the road conditions between Yakima and Tacoma, which often make transportation of detainees difficult, and (3) the inability to house detainees in or near Yakima in the event of delays or inclement weather. The lawsuit challenges the Executive Order as unlawful under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution because the Order obstructs and burdens federal activities, discriminates against federal contractors, and is expressly preempted by the federal Airline Deregulation Act, which prohibits localities such as King County from enacting or enforcing laws or regulations that relate to prices, routes, or services of air carriers. A copy of the complaint is available here.justice.gov
ICE agent shoots man in face while serving warrant on another man in Brooklyn
New York A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shot a man while serving a warrant Thursday in Brooklyn. Law enforcement sources told CBS New York the man was not the subject of the warrant. The ICE agent had visited a Brooklyn home shortly before 8:15 a.m. in an attempt to arrest Gasper Avendano-Hernandez, "a twice-removed illegal alien from Mexico with a 2011 assault conviction in New York City," CBS New York reports. Law enforcement sources said he briefly barricaded himself inside, while one of the sons 26-year-old Erick Diaz confronted the agent just outside the entryway. "I was told that he's a not-documented migrant, so that I think whenever the medical supervision is over and he's OK, he's going to face trial in the court," Islas said.cbsnews.com
ICE ups ante in standoff with NYC: 'This is not a request'
“This is not a request — it's a demand,” Henry Lucero, a senior U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official, told The Associated Press. "New York City will not change the policies that have made us the safest big city in America," spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said in an email. New York City police say they didn't receive a detainer request for Khan, though ICE insists it was sent. He said on Twitter this week that the city has passed “common-sense laws about immigration enforcement that have driven crime to record lows." Meanwhile, ICE is considering expanding its use of immigration subpoenas in other sanctuary jurisdictions.
Report: Whistleblower says ICE denied healthcare to migrants
The report published Thursday says poor medical care contributed to two preventable surgeries and contributed to four deaths in detention. And advocates have long warned that the ICE Health Service Corps misdiagnoses or disregards symptoms. The complaint obtained by BuzzFeed lists four adults who died in ICE custody in 2017 and 2018. In another case, a man died in what was ruled a suicide after telling jail staff at Stewart that he "would be dead in three days." "Rather than use the resources already allocated for medical care, they instead cover up, deflect and turn a blind eye to migrants seeking medical help."chicagotribune.com
ICE, IRS search Hispanic grocery stores in Atlanta area
Federal agents executed search warrants at multiple branches of a Hispanic grocery chain in the Atlanta area on Thursday, an official said. Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were assisting in an IRS-led investigation at six Super Mercado Jalisco locations, said ICE spokesman Lindsay Williams. Super Mercado Jalisco has seven locations in the Atlanta areas, according to its website. Jalisco is a Mexican state and common point of origin for many Mexican immigrants to the United States. Locations include Duluth, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Norcross and Roswell, according to state records.chicagotribune.com
Court rules against warrantless searches of phones, laptops
A federal court in Boston has ruled that warrantless U.S. government searches of the phones and laptops of international travelers at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment. They say border officers must now demonstrate individualized suspicion of contraband before they can search a traveler's electronic device. The number of electronic device searches at U.S. ports of entry has increased significantly, the ACLU said. During that same period of time, it conducted 40,913 border searches of electronic devices, representing less than .01 percent of arriving international travelers. "The court said today that suspicionless searches at the border of cell phones and laptops violate the Fourth Amendment," Rossman said.chicagotribune.com
Louisiana becomes new hub in immigrant detention under Trump
The Winn Correctional Center is one of eight Louisiana jails that have started housing asylum seekers and other migrants over the past year, making Louisiana an unlikely epicenter for immigrant detention under President Donald Trump . Formerly a medium-security prison, Winn has a dining hall, outdoor soccer fields, a gymnasium, and a chapel built by former inmates. As ICE detention has grown in the state, so has the role of LaSalle Corrections, a privately held company based in Ruston, Louisiana. Richwood became an immigration detention facility this year. LaSalle declined to comment on complaints about mistreatment or about how immigration detention factors into its business.chicagotribune.com
Attorney: Officials force-feeding immigrant on hunger strike
Attorney Linda Corchado had feared this might happen when she heard her clients on hunger strike inside an immigrant detention center had been forced to receive fluid through IV drips two weeks ago. The agency referred questions to the U.S. Attorney in West Texas, where a spokesman said he couldn't confirm or deny force-feeding was underway at the El Paso Processing Center. In January, nine men were force-fed at the El Paso Processing Center. ICE confirmed that there were detainee hunger strikes at its facilities in El Paso and Otero, New Mexico, two weeks ago, but it would not comment on the claims of forced hydration or force-feeding. The American Medical Association has expressed its concerns about physicians participating in the force-feeding of hunger strikers on multiple occasions.chicagotribune.com
FBI investigating after shots fired at ICE offices in San Antonio
The FBI said Tuesday it is investigating after shots were fired in the early morning hours at a San Antonio office building that houses Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Investigators say that around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, shots were fired into a window of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office and Removal Operations Field Office, CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS reports. The FBI said no one had been arrested in connection to the incident, despite earlier reports from San Antonio police that there was a suspect in custody. That cannot happen in San Antonio." ICE San Antonio field office director Daniel Bible told KENS that he believed "political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activists" encouraged the incident.cbsnews.com
Governor wants answers on 4 kids separated from families
Wolf said in the letter that the four children are U.S. citizens and come from at least three migrant families. He said that "information relayed" to state officials indicated federal agents did not make sure that the children had adequate temporary guardianship. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman in Philadelphia said in an email that any response to Wolf's letter "would come through the appropriate channels." Wolf, a Democrat, told McAleenan that state government is willing to help to place asylum seekers in communities and make sure any separated children are adequately cared for. After the Mississippi raids, three Democratic congressmen sought more information about how many parents were separated from their children and whether any remain separated.chicagotribune.com
Allegations of labor abuses dogged Mississippi plant years before immigration raids
Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Handout via REUTERS/File PhotoLast August, Illinois-based poultry supplier Koch Foods settled a multi-year lawsuit brought by the U.S. Some workers at the Mississippi plant who lacked legal immigration status alleged in court documents that supervisors threatened to turn them in to authorities if they spoke out about their concerns. In August 2007, immigration agents arrested more than 160 employees of a Koch Foods chicken plant in Fairfield, Ohio, and was fined around a half a million dollars. At the time, ICE said Koch Foods was being investigated for federal crimes including encouraging, inducing or harboring immigrants in the United States illegally. Koch Foods, which according to its website is not affiliated with Koch Industries or the Koch brothers, started with 13 employees deboning and cutting up chicken in one room in 1985.feeds.reuters.com
ICE raids sweep up 680 undocumented immigrants across Mississippi
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers carry out a raid as part of Operation Cross Check in Sherman, Texas, on June 20, 2019. Immigration enforcement authorities raided food processing plants across Mississippi on Wednesday, picking up 680 workers in what was being billed as the biggest single-day, one-state sweep in U.S. history, officials said. The raids hit seven plants in six cities, and most of the workers arrested are Latino. Albence told The Associated Press that the raids could be the largest such operation thus far in any single state. The detained workers were expected to be processed at a hangar at the Mississippi National Guard in Flowood, near Jackson.cnbc.com
Largest US immigration raids in a decade net 680 arrests
U.S. immigration officials raided seven Mississippi chicken processing plants Wednesday, arresting 680 mostly Latino workers in the largest workplace sting in at least a decade. About 600 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents fanned out across the plants operated by five companies, surrounding the perimeters to prevent workers from fleeing. President Barack Obama avoided them, limiting workplace immigration efforts to low-profile audits. Trump resumed workplace raids, but the months of preparation and hefty resources they require make them rare. ___Amy reported from Pearl, Mississippi.chicagotribune.com
Attorney: Hunger-striking immigrants forced to hydrate
"The ICE Health Services Corps (IHSC) is medically monitoring the detainees' health and regularly updating ICE of their medical status. One of the hunger strikers in Otero was deported to India eight days into his hunger strike, according to Corchado. In January, nine men were force-fed at the El Paso Processing Center. ICE stopped the force-feeding in El Paso in February after a public outcry and a congressional inquiry. When Corchado visited her clients in the El Paso facility on Saturday, they were so weak that nurses moved them to the visitation room in wheelchairs.chicagotribune.com
U.S. immigration action that targeted 2,100 people snared just 35
(Reuters) - A scant 35 people were taken into custody during a long-threatened U.S. enforcement action that targeted more than 2,100 immigrants who had been ordered deported, the head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Tuesday. He described the operation as targeted against specific individuals who were in violation of the law, not raids. As word spread about the possible ICE operation, immigration rights groups circulated know your rights materials in immigrant communities and local activists advised people not to answer the door to agents without a warrant. Facing a re-election battle next year, Trump has wanted to show his supporters that he is delivering on campaign promises to crack down on illegal immigration, a signature policy objective of his administration. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees watch from a window as activists hold the "Shutdown ICE" rally in Washington, U.S., July 16, 2019.feeds.reuters.com
U.S. Democratic lawmakers slam Trump's latest border initiatives
McALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic lawmakers on Friday called President Donald Trumps latest anti-immigration initiatives unacceptable and warned his administration against misappropriating funding authorized only for humanitarian use. Immigration, one of Trumps signature issues in the 2016 presidential campaign, is already shaping up as a central issue in November 2020. The government will add Brownsville, Texas, as a fifth border city for processing applications of migrants who must wait for a decision in Mexico. Brownsville is in the Rio Grande sector, where almost 40 percent of all southern border apprehensions since October have been made, Customs and Border Protection data show. Federal judges have blocked other measures to limit asylum applicants at the U.S.-Mexico border until legal challenges go to trial.feeds.reuters.com
Lawsuit targets sanctuary cities' ban
This encroaches into an area of exclusive federal authority and will interfere with the comprehensive federal immigration system enacted by Congress in violation of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Miami, said. Ron DeSantis pushed for passage of the sanctuary cities ban, which was one of the most hotly debated issues of the legislative session that ended in May and was a cornerstone of DeSantis campaign last year. The suit, filed by the city of South Miami and nine other plaintiffs, names as defendants DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody. The plaintiffs want a court to deem the new law unconstitutional and keep the state from enforcing it. When he signed the bill, DeSantis said it would allow Florida officials to help ICE remove criminal aliens. Moody and DeSantis did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Immigrant advocates and Democrats decry renewed threat of ICE raids
LAPD officials have contacted community and immigration advocates across Los Angeles to reiterate that city officers are not participating in any sweeps, Moore said. This is separate and apart from the Los Angeles police. We are committed to protecting the people of Los Angeles through community engagement, relationship building and strict adherence to the law, he added. Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said any widespread ICE raids would hurt the LAPD within the Latino community. Times staff writer Mark Puente in Los Angeles contributed to this report.latimes.com
Motel 6 hotel chain to settle lawsuit over sharing guest lists with ICE
(Reuters) - Motel 6 has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over claims the budget chain routinely provided guest lists from properties in Arizona to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, court documents showed on Saturday. A sign marks a Motel 6 property in Espanola, New Mexico, U.S., July 11, 2018. The new settlement seeks to clarify how the plaintiffs would be found and paid and sets up a fund for that purpose. In April of this year, Motel 6 agreed to pay $12 million to settle a similar lawsuit filed by Washington state. Motel 6 is controlled by the private equity firm Blackstone Group LP, which bought the brand in 2012.feeds.reuters.com