16 Arrested During ICE Immigration Enforcement Sweep

16 people were arrested last week after a four-day sweep by the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in southwest Michigan.

ICE, along with the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), say the individuals were targeted for violating federal immigration laws.  They stated that 9 of the 16 arrested are convicted criminals.

ICE says 14 men and 2 women were taken into custody in the sweep. The individuals are said to be facing charges of domestic violence, driving under the influence, illegal entry, aggravated assault, assault and battery and carrying a concealed weapon.

 

ACLU Sues Trump Administration to Stop Family Separation

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class-action lawsuit Friday accusing the U. S. government of broadly separating immigrant families seeking asylum.

The lawsuit follows action the ACLU took in the case of a Congolese woman and her 7-year-old daughter, who the group said was taken from her mother “screaming and crying” and placed in a Chicago facility. While the woman was released Tuesday from a San Diego detention center, the girl remains in the facility 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) away.

Immigrant advocates say the mother and daughter’s case is emblematic of the approach taken by President Donald Trump’s administration. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in San Diego, asks a judge to declare family separation unlawful and says hundreds of families have been split by immigration authorities.

 

Immigration Detention Center Operator Sues City of Tacoma

The private company that runs a federal immigration detention center in Tacoma has sued the city, claiming that it passed an ordinance last month to restrict the facility from expanding because of political objections to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

“While city staff and officials may not agree with the federal government’s current implementation of immigration policies, its attempt to disrupt these critical federal functions through land use regulations is beyond the city’s land use regulatory authority,” the lawsuit said.

Deputy City Attorney, Steve Victor, said the ordinance was meant to protect economically valuable land in the port of Tacoma from encroachment by non-industrial uses, including detention and correctional facilities.

 

Trump Threatens Veto of $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill

On Friday Trump signaled he wasn’t upset about what was in the bill as much as what was left out, protections for illegal immigrant “Dreamers” here under the Obama-era DACA program.

“I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded,” he tweeted.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat and vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Trump’s veto would be upending a deal that the White House had touted as a win. “Now the President threatens to abandon $700 billion for the troops, and health care for 7 million veterans, for his misbegotten border wall that he said Mexico would pay for. That is NOT Making America Great Again,” Leahy said in a statement.

 

GOP-led States Back Trump in California “Sanctuary” Lawsuit

Texas and more than a dozen other states led by Republican governors got behind the Trump administration on Monday in its lawsuit over California’s sanctuary laws that protect illegal immigrants.

California’s laws are designed to interfere with or block federal immigration enforcement, and California does not have that authority, the states said in a court filing in the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against California. The filing in federal court in Sacramento supports the Justice Department’s attempt to block the laws.

Federal officials have said California officials have prevented them from removing dangerous people who are in the U. S. illegally. California officials have responded that their sanctuary policies increase public safety by promoting trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement.

 

Controversial Jail Immigration Program Is Not Working as It Should, Police Chief Says

Mecklenburg Police Chief, Kerr Putney, doesn’t think a controversial immigration program at the Mecklenburg County Jail is being used according to its original intent, and he has shared those concerns with the county sheriff, the police department confirmed.

Sheriff Irwin Carmichael has repeatedly defended the 287(g) program, which provides access to a federal database where jail officials can check the immigration status for anyone arrested in Mecklenburg County, whether they’re charged with a traffic violation or a violent crime.

Regardless, some critics say the program reduces community trust and limits due process, because people are searched in the database after they’re arrested, not convicted. Carmichael, a Democrat, is running for reelection, and both his rivals in the May primary also oppose the program.

 

Wyoming Immigration Detention Center Faces Opposition

Some residents are fighting a proposal to build an immigration detention center in southwestern Wyoming.

Utah-based Management and Training Corporation (MTC) wants to build the detention center near Evanston but some fear it could hurt the city’s Hispanic population and harm efforts to build their trust in law enforcement. Evanston attorney, Tim Beppler, said that just considering the proposal was “disrespecting” the Hispanic community.

Uinta County Commissioner, Craig Welling, said commissioners are committed to visiting a MTC facility before voting on the proposal. Activist Antonio Serrano encouraged Welling to make a surprise visit to get the most honest view.

 

 

  1. S. Army Veteran Who Served Two Tours in Afghanistan Has Been Deported to Mexico

An Army veteran, Miguel Perez, who served two tours in Afghanistan has been deported to Mexico, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

Perez, 39, was escorted across the U. S.-Mexico border from Texas and handed over to Mexican authorities Friday, ICE said in a statement. The deportation follows an earlier decision by immigration authorities to deny Miguel Perez’s citizenship application because of a felony drug conviction, despite his service and the PTSD he says it caused.

Perez, his family and supporters, who include Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, had argued that his wartime service to the country had earned him the right to stay in the United States and to receive mental health treatment for the PTSD and substance abuse.

 

Murphy Wants $2.1M to Help Immigrants with Legal Aid

Poor immigrants facing deportation in New Jersey could get access to legal aid under a $2.1 million cash infusion in Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget.

Murphy’s proposal, outlined in documents supporting his first budget address to the Democrat-led Legislature, falls under the heading “Ensuring Social Justice,” but includes scant details.

“The Governor will support New Jersey residents against Washington attacks by allocating $2.1 million to support non-profit groups providing legal assistance to those facing detention or deportation,” the administration says in its budget-in-brief. Murphy’s proposed spending has progressive groups and advocates for legal aid applauding while Republicans question the affordability of higher expenditures.

 

ICE Uses Facebook Data to Find and Track Immigrants, Internal Emails Show

ICE, the federal agency tasked with Trump’s program of mass deportation, uses backend Facebook data to locate and track immigrants that it is working to round up, according to a string of emails and documents obtained by The Intercept through a public records request. The hunt for one particular immigrant in New Mexico provides a rare window into how ICE agents use social media and powerful data analytics tools to find suspects.

In February and March of 2017, several ICE agents were in communication with a detective from Las Cruces, New Mexico, to find information about a particular person. They were ultimately able to obtain backend Facebook data revealing a log of when the account was accessed and the IP addresses corresponding to each login.

Lea Whitis, an agent with Homeland Security Investigations, the investigative arm of ICE, emailed the team a “Facebook Business Record” revealing the suspect’s phone number and the locations of each login into his account during a date range. Law enforcement agents routinely use bank, telephone, and internet records for investigations, but the extent to which ICE uses social media is not well known.

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