Cuomo Threatens to Sue ICE Over Immigration Raids
Gov. Cuomo accused Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of violating the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens and the civil rights of undocumented immigrants.
Joined by immigrant-rights advocates at his Manhattan office, Cuomo also said he’s issuing an executive order to block ICE agents from arresting people at state buildings without a judicial warrant. The order, however, will not apply to courthouses, according to the state’s Office of Court Administration.
He also said immigration officers endanger public safety by not always notifying local cops before conducting raids, saying such practice could potentially set off a standoff between multiple branches of law enforcement.
Trump Says He May Tie NAFTA to Mexican Immigration Control
President Donald Trump threatened to make Mexican immigration control a condition of a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) agreement on Monday, saying the southern U.S. neighbor must stop illegal immigrants from getting into the United States.
“Mexico, whose laws on immigration are very tough, must stop people from going through Mexico and into the U.S. We may make this a condition of the new NAFTA Agreement,” Trump wrote in a Twitter post. “Our Country cannot accept what is happening!”
However, discussion of immigration controls has not been a part of formal negotiations on the new NAFTA accord and talks by all accounts are progressing.
Trump Administration Says 9,000 Nepalese Will Lose Temporary Protection
Nepalese immigrants with temporary work permits have become the fifth group to receive a cancellation notice from the Trump administration.
The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that temporary protected status (TPS) will end for them on June 24, 2019. That means an estimated 9,000 Nepalese with TPS will be eligible for deportation in a little over a year.
Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security secretary, made the announcement, saying that after the required review of Nepal’s conditions, she determined sufficient reconstruction had taken place there for people to return home.
Trump Warns Immigrant Caravan Approaching U.S. Border of Prosecution and Deportation
The Department of Homeland Security on Monday vowed to prosecute Central American migrants in a “caravan” near the U.S. border if they try to enter illegally while the Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the effort was a “deliberate attempt to undermine our laws and overwhelm our system.”
With the caravan on the final stage of its journey the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, acting under orders from President Donald Trump, said the agency was monitoring the group’s movement and those who enter the U.S. illegally will be referred for prosecution. There are about 500 migrants in the caravan.
Nielsen said asylum-seekers will be detained while their cases are processed, and those who the U.S. determines don’t have a legitimate claim will be “promptly removed from the United States.”
Federal Judge Orders Trump Administration to Continue DACA Program and Accept New Applicants
A District of Columbia federal judge has delivered the toughest blow yet to Trump administration efforts to end deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, ordering the government to continue the program and reopen it to new applicants.
U.S. District Judge John Bates on Tuesday called the government’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program “virtually unexplained” and therefore “unlawful.” However, he stayed his ruling for 90 days to give the Department of Homeland Security a chance to provide more solid reasoning for ending the program.
In his decision, Bates said the decision to phase out the program starting in March “was arbitrary and capricious because the Department failed adequately to explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful.”
Lawmakers Slam Trump’s Homeland Security Chief Over Focus On Immigrant Caravan, Border Wall
The secretary of homeland security faced sharp questioning about agency priorities from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Thursday, with many expressing deep concerns about whether the Trump administration is properly promoting Americans’ safety.
Democrats in particular questioned Kirstjen Nielsen about the administration’s prioritization of immigration enforcement and the building of a border wall while also seeking to cut funding for state and local governments to prepare.
In one particularly sharp exchange, Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings, a former chief of police in Orlando, pressed Nielsen on whether she prioritized the wall and immigration over helping local communities. Nielsen reiterated that her priority is securing the border, which can help “eliminate part of the threat environment that the state and locals have to deal with.”
ICE Arrests 60 In N.J. In A 5-Day Enforcement Sweep
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 60 people last week in a sweep through New Jersey. It was the latest in a series of similar operations both here and nationwide, targeting those illegally present in the country.
Officials said those arrested included individuals charged with driving under the influence, domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. According to ICE, more than 20 had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed from this country and had returned illegally.
“We will continue to devote the full efforts of our agency to protecting citizens and enforcing federal immigration law despite challenges being pursued by politically motivated individuals,” said John Tsoukaris, field office director of Enforcement and Removal Operations for ICE in Newark, in an apparent reference to sanctuary cities and efforts by some elected officials to thwart the Trump administrations increasing aggressive deportation campaign.
ICE Agents Arrest 53 Non-Violent Criminals in San Diego Immigration Sweep
Federal agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rounded up 44 undocumented immigrants last week during a five-day seep through San Diego County, and another nine undocumented immigrants in the days before the sweeps began, authorities said Tuesday.
An ICE spokeswoman said the immigration sweeps were “part of the agency’s commitment to prioritize at-large criminal” immigrants. But the sweeps also targeted undocumented immigrants who were not criminals but had final deportation orders, re-entered the country after previous deportations or “have otherwise violated federal immigration laws.”
Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities in Tennessee Heads to Governor
Less than a month after federal officials raided a meatpacking plant in East Tennessee and arrested nearly 100 immigrants, lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday seeking to ban sanctuary cities in Tennessee.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jay Reedy, also would mandate local law enforcement officials comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests to hold immigrants who entered the country illegally.
Among the key components of the legislation is a provision that would halt any state or local governmental entities that adopt or enact a “sanctuary policy” from receiving a grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development.
Sessions Resumes Immigrant Legal Advice Program Under Pressure from Congress
Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed course on suspending a legal advice program for undocumented immigrants, saying he has ordered the resumption of the program pending a review of its effectiveness.
Sessions announced the move at the opening of a hearing before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Justice Department, saying he made the decision at the request of Congress, which has consistently appropriated money for the program.
He also told the subcommittee on Wednesday that while he has “previously expressed some concerns about the program,” he heard from bipartisan members of the committee that led him to reverse course.
Deportation Officers Arrest 13 People for Immigration Violations in Owensboro
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirms deportation officers arrested 13 people for immigration violations in Owensboro. Out of the 12 men and one woman arrested, nine are from Mexico and four are from Guatemala.
ICE says three of the individuals had been deported from the U.S. in the past. They also say one is an immigration fugitive, three were at-large criminal aliens, four others overstayed their temporary visas, and two had no prior encounters with U.S. immigration authorities. Those arrested are in custody with ICE pending disposition of their respective cases.
Los Angeles Police Officer Arrested for Allegedly Smuggling Undocumented Immigrants into the U.S.
Mambasse Koulabalo Patara was arrested on Wednesday after he was accused of smuggling two citizens from Mexico into Southern California. Patara, Femin Lopez and German Ramirez-Gonzalez, Lopez’s nephew, were pulled over by patrol agents in their black 2006 Toyota Corolla at 12:15 a.m. Patara was driving the car when they were stopped in Tecate, California, on Tuesday.
Patara told the agents that he was a U.S. citizen and a police officer and showed his LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) badge. They confirmed that Patara has been placed on paid administrative leave, but did not provide further comment on the arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 30.