DHS’ Kelly: Congress needs to fix immigration laws

By Kevin Robillard Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly called on Congress to fix the nation’s immigration laws, arguing his department shouldn’t have as much discretion as it does on deportations. “I would argue, Chuck, that we have to...

Once Routine, Immigration Check-Ins Are Now High Stakes

By Liz Robbins For years, it was an uneventful ritual. Unauthorized immigrants who weren’t considered a priority for deportation would meet with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer and be told simply, “See you next year.” The deportation officers, as they are known,...

ICE denies targeting Austin, but says more enforcement needed

Federal immigration officials Tuesday evening denied that a new policy by Sheriff Sally Hernandez led them to conduct a major enforcement operation in the Austin area. But, in a hint of their changing strategy, federal agents said more enforcement is needed in places such as...

U.S. judge: ICE said Austin raid was because of ‘sanctuary’ policy

By Tony Plohetski – American-Statesman Staff, KVUE News Federal agents privately alerted two magistrate judges in late January that they would be targeting the Austin area for a major operation and that the sting was retribution for a new policy by Travis County Sheriff...

3 Mexican nationals who harbored teen and forced her to work to pay off smuggling debts sentenced to prison

SEATTLE – Three Mexican nationals from northwestern Washington were sentenced to multiyear prison terms in federal court Wednesday for violating immigration laws by harboring a teenager and forcing her to work to pay off her smuggling fees. Miguel Arcef-Flores, 42, received a...

Owner of Los Angeles immigration advocacy business sentenced to more than 5 years in prison for immigration fraud

LOS ANGELES – The owner and operator of a Los Angeles-based business known as the Coalición Latinoamericana Internacional (CLI) was sentenced Wednesday to five years and two months in state prison after pleading guilty to felony charges involving grand theft, attempted perjury,...

Immigration Agents Discover New Freedom to Deport Under Trump

By NICHOLAS KULISH, CAITLIN DICKERSON and RON NIXON In Virginia, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents waited outside a church shelter where undocumented immigrants had gone to stay warm. In Texas and in Colorado, agents went into courthouses, looking for foreigners who had...

A Surprising Salve for New York’s Beleaguered Cities: Refugees

Communities across upstate New York say an influx of refugees has helped alleviate decades-long struggles with dwindling populations and opportunities. By JESSE McKINLEY BUFFALO — Newcomers have filled up hundreds of empty homes and apartments, and poured money and energy into...

Immigrants change up their routines, brace for arrest

By Deepti Hajela and Amy Taxin In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by...

ICE officer injured while making arrest in northwest Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three suspects are now in custody after a disturbance in northwest Austin involving an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer Friday morning. The situation began as a traffic stop around 6:05 a.m. at US 183 and Woodland Village Drive. Austin police say an...
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