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  • ICE raid in West Oakland related to sex trafficking involving minors

    08/16/2017 6:25:07 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 9 replies
    ABC News 7 ^ | 16 Aug 2017
    Homeland Security Investigations, which is part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, served a federal search warrant related to sex trafficking of minors in West Oakland Wednesday morning, according to police. The operation began around 6:30 a.m. in the 700 block of 27th Street near West Street. Law enforcement officers were at the scene for hours. "HSI is conducting a criminal investigation, not a civil immigration or deportation action," Oakland police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said in a statement. (Snip) The activist organization By Any Means Necessary is calling for an emergency protest this evening near the scene of the...
  • Immigrant deportations up sharply under Trump’s hard-nosed policies

    08/14/2017 6:43:51 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 18 replies ^ | By Kery Murakami
    WASHINGTON — Before President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies took effect early this year, thousands of undocumented residents were given a break from being deported. Government immigration officials would hold off if the illegal immigrants were married to American citizens or longtime residents of the U.S., gainfully employed and had committed no crime other than being in the country illegally. It was, said immigration lawyer Heather Prendegast of Cleveland, the “government’s attempt to be nice.” The cordiality ended when Trump officials instructed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to get tough on illegal immigration, according to a study by the...
  • ACLU: Feds using bogus gang accusations to deport illegal immigrants

    08/11/2017 3:01:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 11, 2017 | Stephan Dinan
    The ACLU filed a class action lawsuit Friday charging that the Trump administration is wrongly accusing young illegal immigrants of gang affiliations as a way to short-circuit their rights and force them into speedy deportations. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in California, opens yet another legal front against President Trump’s goal of stepped-up immigration enforcement, with advocates hoping to blunt a new effort by Homeland Security to find and deport some of the Central Americans who jumped the border during the Obama era. Immigrant-rights advocates said the government has started to fabricate broad accusations of gang membership or...
  • Feinstein rips Trump administration over deportation that splits Oakland family

    08/10/2017 2:51:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 10, 2017 | Hamed Aleaziz
    U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein called Thursday for the federal government to reverse the deportation of an Oakland nurse and her husband, saying their removal after more than two decades in the country revealed the “cruel and arbitrary nature” of President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration. Responding to a front-page Chronicle story about the couple — who plan to leave for Mexico on Tuesday with their 12-year-old son, while leaving behind three older daughters who have legal status — Feinstein’s office set up a meeting Thursday between the California Democrat and the family to discuss their plight. “These are the kind...
  • 18 Pittsburgh cops hospitalized after possible fentanyl exposure during ICE raids

    08/09/2017 8:39:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies ^ | Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, 9:57 a.m. | Megan Guza and Matthew Santoni
    Eighteen Pittsburgh SWAT officers were sickened by suspected fentanyl while assisting federal officials on a series of raids in the West End of the city Wednesday morning, authorities said. Residents awoke to a large law enforcement presence as Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State police assisted Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security investigators and U.S. Postal Inspectors with serving search warrants and making arrests at three separate locations in Elliott, said U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Margaret Philbin. ICE was the lead agency on the raids at two houses on Lakewood Street and one on Bond Street as part of an ongoing drug...
  • ICE Busts 36 Sex Offender Criminal Aliens in Sanctuary City

    08/09/2017 8:08:53 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Aug 2017 | Bob Price
    Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) officers of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency arrested 32 criminal aliens previously convicted of sex crimes in the sanctuary jurisdiction of Long Island, New York. The arrests came during Operation SOAR (Sex Offender Alien Removal), a 10-day operation that ended on August 3. ERO officers rounded up 32 criminal aliens previously convicted of sex crimes including sexual abuse, sexual assault on young children, rape, child endangerment, and promoting sexual performance of a child. The previously convicted are reported to have illegally entered the U.S. from Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India,...
  • ICE Threatens Undocumented Immigrant Benefits in LA

    08/07/2017 8:15:54 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 19 replies
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, implemented under U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, threaten the number of undocumented immigrants who are willing to take advantage of government benefits.Fewer undocumented families have come forward to claim Los Angeles County-funded welfare, which is expected to result in a projected decrease of $200 million over 2016. Trump immigration policies have contributed to a reduction in the number of undocumented people claiming welfare payments, since more people are being napped by ICE. In late April the nationwide figure indicated a hike of 35 percent, before over 200 people being arrested – over a five-day...
  • California Bans ICE Agents from State Labor Offices to Protect illegal Workers

    08/06/2017 7:55:22 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Aug 2017 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    California Labor Commissioner Julie Su has ordered state employees to prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from entering the department’s offices without a warrant. According to the Sacramento Bee, Su issued the directive last month, ostensibly to protect illegal aliens reporting employee abuse at the hands of employers. One Democrat Assemblyman from San Francisco is pushing it one step, further the Bee reports, proposing a law to limit ICE accesses to workplaces: “The atmosphere of fear created by Trump and ICE’s expanded dragnet hurt all California workers,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, who sponsored the bill that would...

    08/04/2017 8:31:23 AM PDT · by johnk · 53 replies ^ | AUGUST 03, 2017 6:30 AM | BY ADAM ASHTON
    California’s top labor law enforcer wants federal immigration agents to stay away from offices where state investigators weigh claims about underpaid employees and workplace retaliation. Those contacts with immigration officers dovetail with a surge in complaints from California workers about employers threatening to have them deported. Last year, Su’s office in the Department of Industrial Relations investigated 14 complaints from workers who claimed their employers threatened them with immigration enforcement. So far this year, the department has opened 58 immigration-based retaliation cases, Su said. She said the presence of immigration officers in state offices could disrupt the enforcement of labor...
  • ICE Arrests 33 people during operation in West Michigan

    08/04/2017 7:38:08 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 12 replies
    Fox17 News ^ | AUGUST 4, 2017, | Fox 17 News
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — 33 people were arrested in a recent four-day operation in West Michigan by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. In a press release put out early Friday, the agency says the operation was meant to target “criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration violators.” They say that among the 33 taken into custody, 24 of them had prior criminal convictions. The operation took place this week across West Michigan. The arrests span individuals from four different countries: Mexico (22 arrested), Guatemala (7 arrested), El Salvador (3 arrested) and Liberia. Rebecca Adduci, the ICE Enforcement and Removal...
  • ICE is partnering with 18 more sheriff's departments to ramp up its deportation machine

    08/02/2017 4:50:42 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 31 July 2017 | Michelle Mark
    In an escalation of local law enforcement agencies' participation in immigration enforcement, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency on Monday announced it had struck 18 new partnerships with sheriff's departments in Texas. The announcement is a notable development in the Trump administration's efforts to ramp up its deportation apparatus, following memos from the Department of Homeland Security in February announcing that it would expand a controversial ICE program that had largely fallen into disuse under the Obama administration. ICE's 287(g) program establishes agreements with local law enforcement agencies, allowing them to deputize officers as immigration agents and enforce federal...
  • DOJ is Now Officially Using The ‘I-Word,’ and Advocates are Outraged

    07/31/2017 1:47:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 81 replies
    LawNewz ^ | July 31, 2017 | by Rachel Stockman
    There has been shift in the language that the U.S. Department of Justice is using in its press releases, and it’s not sitting well with some. The DOJ, under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has now begun using the term “illegal aliens” to refer to immigrants who do not have the proper paperwork to be in the United States. Advocates for immigration reform contend that the term “illegal” is a “racial slur” and believe it is dehumanizing. Instead, they prefer if the term “undocumented immigrant” is used. “They’re using a legally inaccurate term that’s deployed to unfairly label...
  • Keeping ICE away from courthouses turns out to be harder than liberals thought

    07/31/2017 12:26:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 30, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    This is a story which began ramping up back in March. Liberal activists in a number of states were complaining that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was making arrests of illegal aliens in the vicinity of courthouses when they would show up for hearings. (The fact that the same thing happened on an as needed basis while Barack Obama was president didn’t appear to cross their minds.) For their part, ICE argued that illegal aliens frequently have no listed permanent address or place of employment, and if local law enforcement wasn’t going to assist them in their duties, a court...
  • BOOM: Acting ICE director drops MASSIVE ‘illegal’ truth bomb on WH briefing room [VIDEO 2:58]

    07/28/2017 1:48:42 PM PDT · by Maceman · 84 replies ^ | July 27, 2017
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  • MSNBC Analyst Calls ICE Director ‘Head Of A Criminal Gang’

    07/28/2017 12:09:48 PM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/27/2017 | Will Racke
    MSNBC political analyst Joan Walsh likened immigration agents to a criminal gang while Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), spoke at a White House briefing Thursday. As Homan delivered an impassioned defense of the Trump administration’s crackdown on transnational criminal organizations and illegal immigration, Walsh referred to the law enforcement veteran as the “head of a violent gang.” “Wow, the head of a violent gang is taking the podium at the White House,” she tweeted. “The head of ICE. Ask good questions please, WH press corps.”
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules ICE detainer requests are illegal

    07/25/2017 12:50:00 PM PDT · by detective · 38 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 24, 2017 | Kelly Cohen
    The highest court in Massachusetts ruled Monday it is illegal under state law for local law enforcement officers to hold people on detainer requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. An ICE detainer is as a voluntary request to hold a person in custody for up to two days while ICE looks into the person's immigration status. States that do not adhere to the detainers say the person's criminal proceedings have already been settled and holding them for 48 hours longer violates their constitutional rights.
  • Cops Worry Phoenix PD Sanctuary Policy Change Will Lead to Explosion of Violence

    07/23/2017 10:11:08 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jul 2017 | Robert Arce
    PHOENIX, Arizona — There is concern among Phoenix police officers that proposed changes by the city’s police department to restrict officers from contacting immigration authorities will lead to an explosion in gang violence similar to the one that gripped the city in the 80’s and 90’s. In recent weeks, Phoenix officials have been discussing changing the city’s Police Operation Orders with a revision that would not allow officers to contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during traffic stops or investigations, Breitbart Texas reported. Before an officer can contact ICE, they “must first contact the Violent Crimes Bureau (VCB) desk...
  • Federal immigration agents round up 123 people in Texas

    07/21/2017 8:48:29 AM PDT · by davikkm · 20 replies
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Federal immigration agents in Texas say they’ve arrested 123 immigrants with criminal records or who were living in the country illegally. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Friday that the people were apprehended during an eight-day operation that ended Wednesday.
  • Sanctuary city standoff looms as ICE director vows agent surge

    07/21/2017 5:24:03 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 21, 2017 | Barnini Chakraborty
    he acting ICE director is vowing to use new resources to target undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities – a move likely to hit resistance from mayors and local law enforcement who previously have refused to cooperate with federal authorities. ICE Director Thomas Homan told The Washington Examiner he thinks sanctuary cities like New York and San Francisco are “ludicrous” and plans to direct extra agents to those areas. “What I want to get to is a clear understanding from everybody, from the congressmen to the politicians to law enforcement to those who enter the country illegally, that ICE is open...
  • ICE chief readies national sanctuary city crackdown

    07/19/2017 12:14:20 PM PDT · by Hadean · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 19, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    Empowered by a president who has "taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement," the nation's chief immigration official revealed Tuesday that deportation targets have surged and that he's planning to deploy more agents and resources to "sanctuary cities" to arrest illegal criminals. Thomas D. Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an interview that since Trump entered office, illegal border crossings have crashed by almost 70 percent, "an historic low," arrests inside the country have jumped 40 percent and that demands for illegal criminals in local jails has skyrocketed 80 percent. "You can like President Trump, not...