Sunday, January 20, 2019

Lupe Valdez makes history in Texas

Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Texas on Tuesday, kicking off a tough race against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November’s general election. Valdez’s victory was somewhat expected, after she ran well ahead of Democratic opponent Andrew White in the nine-candidate primary in March. Her victory also broke historic barriers […]

Trump’s ICE is after all unauthorized immigrants, even those without a record

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is arresting more immigrants, and increasingly they have not been convicted of crimes, according to data released yesterday by the agency. The new figures, which reflect the first two quarters of the 2018 fiscal year, show that ICE is carrying out the crackdown on unauthorized immigrants that President Donald Trump promised. […]

Investigation reveals that ICE has wrongly arrested over 1,000 US citizens

  A Los Angeles Times investigation published last week found that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have repeatedly wrongly targeted and arrested U.S. citizens. Official figures provided to the Times, show that the agency has released more than 1,480 people from custody since 2012 after investigating claims that they were U.S. citizens. ICE policy requires that a legal […]

Cuomo sends ICE a cease- and- desist letter after last week’s statewide raids

Governor Cuomo on Wednesday threatened to sue US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for what he called relentless “unconstitutional” round-ups of undocumented immigrants in the state. “We are going to put them on notice today that if they continue the state will sue them – period — because the state has the responsibility to uphold the […]

Sessions reverses decision to end program that helps detained immigrants

Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday reversed a controversial decision to shut down a Justice Department program that provides basic legal information to detained immigrants. Sessions told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies that he had concerns about the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), that initially led to the decision to “pause” the program, “I […]

ICE raids continue and this time 71 people were arrested in North Texas

  Officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 71 people in North Texas and 18 in Oklahoma during a three-day operation. “This North Texas and Oklahoma operation removed 67 criminal aliens from our streets and our communities,” said Simona L. Flores, field office director of ERO Dallas. […]

Immigration Activists say ICE is after them

Activists across the country say they are being targeted by federal immigration authorities for speaking out at protests and accusing the government of heavy-handed tactics. “We’re always at the marches and giving interviews, without fear of what could happen,” says Zully Palacios Rodriguez, one of the activists caught by ICE. “So to go against us is […]

ACLU sues federal government agencies over the practice of separating asylum-seeking families

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced last Friday that it has filed a national class-action lawsuit against multiple federal government agencies over the practice of separating asylum-seeking families. “Whether or not the Trump administration wants to call this a ‘policy,’ it certainly is engaged in a widespread practice of tearing children away from their […]

Oakland mayor stands by her decision of telling immigrants about ICE raids

Federal immigration agents arrested more than 150 people in California, days after Oakland’s mayor gave early warning of the raids. On Saturday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned residents that “credible sources” had told her a sweep was imminent, calling it her “duty and moral obligation” to warn families. The warning “was meant to give all […]

More than a 100 people arrested after immigration raids in California

Federal immigration agents have reportedly detained more than 100 people in ongoing sweeps in the Los Angeles area, targeting undocumented people. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson Danielle Bennett tells NPR in an email that the agency is going after “individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.” The immigration […]