Tag Archives: ICE

ICE Head Out After Clashing With WH Over COVID

Politico reports: The acting chief of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Matthew Albence, is leaving the government. A career law enforcement officer who filled a number of positions within the DHS, Albence recently sparred with White House officials over how to handle ICE’s mission amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trump officials accused Albence of favoring humanitarian concerns about the treatment of immigrants …

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Trump Vows To Block Funds For Sanctuary Cities

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would withhold money from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions after a U.S. court ruled that his administration could block federal law enforcement funds to states and cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities. One such “sanctuary” policy opposed by the administration is a refusal by local jails to hold immigrants in …

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Appeals Court Sides With Trump On Sanctuary Cities, Rules Millions Can Be Withheld Over ICE Compliance

The Associated Press reports: The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants to force states to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Wednesday in a decision that conflicted with three other federal appeals courts. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan overturned a lower …

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Senior ICE Detention Staffer Unmasked As Neo-Nazi

Vice News reports: A senior employee at a for-profit immigrant detention center in Nevada was active on the neo-Nazi site Iron March and aspired to establish a white nationalist chapter in his area. Travis Frey, 31, is currently employed as a captain at the Nevada Southern Detention Center, which is run by private prison behemoth CoreCivic and contracted with ICE. …

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Warren Blasts Trump Admin For Migrant Deaths

The Hill reports: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a top Democratic presidential candidate, criticized the Trump administration and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a Christmas day tweet over the “cruel treatment” of migrants. Warren referenced in her tweet the death of Felipe Gómez Alonzo, an 8-year-old migrant who died on Christmas Eve last year. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) …

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Private ICE Prisons Rake In Big Profits Under Trump

USA Today reports: The use of private prisons to detain immigrants is not new, but the business has exploded under Trump. At least 24 immigration detention centers and more than 17,000 beds were added in the past three years to the sprawling detention system run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). A USA TODAY Network investigation found that the …

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ICE Arrests 250 Foreign Students In Fake College Sting

This story is just bonkers. The Detroit Free Press reports: A total of about 250 students have now been arrested since January on immigration violations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as part of a sting operation by federal agents who enticed foreign-born students, mostly from India, to attend the school that marketed itself as offering graduate programs in …

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Trump Yanks $155M From FEMA For Detention Camps

NBC News reports: The Trump administration is pulling $271 million in funding from the Department of Homeland Security, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund, to pay for immigration detention space and temporary hearing locations for asylum-seekers who have been forced to wait in Mexico, according to department officials and a letter sent to the agency by a …

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Acting DHS Secretary Admits “Unfortunate Timing” Of ICE Raids Just Days After El Paso Shooting [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said Sunday that the “timing was unfortunate,” and last week’s Mississippi raid by U.S. immigration officials that resulted in 680 arrests probably should have been postponed. On NBC’s Meet the Press, anchor Chuck Todd pressed McAleenan on whether there was any thought of postponing the raid, which took …

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ICE Official: We’re Not A Social Services Agency

NBC News reports: In the wake of the largest-ever immigration raid in a single state, child welfare services were left grappling with children who came home from school to find their parents had been arrested at one of the seven Mississippi food processing plants targeted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday. The agency said it took some precautions …

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Plants Raided By ICE Had Recently Settled EEOC Suit For Racial And Sexual Harassment Of Hispanic Workers

This has got to be a coincidence, right? Yesterday, ICE carried out what is believed to be the largest immigration raid in decades when they detained 680 workers at seven poultry plants in Morton, Mississippi. The workers, many of them members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), were employed by a company called Koch Foods Inc, which …

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Fox Host: Stop Dehumanizing ICE And Border Patrol

“Speaking of dehumanization, who’s been dehumanized? It’s been the ICE agents and the Border Patrol agents whose motives are being impugned every single day. Four thousand people rescued is a fact. We know that’s what they do on the border to save kids, to save women, to save men who make this dangerous journey. So it’s all disingenuous. It’s very …

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Conway: Detention Center Conditions Are Great

The Hill reports: Kellyanne Conway on Sunday defended conditions in a border detention facility she toured, saying they demonstrate what happens when “Congress gets its act together.” “I witnessed no overcrowding, I saw lots of supplies, I saw diapers, I saw food, I saw endless supplies of water,” the White House counselor said on “Fox News Sunday,” referring to a …

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Holocaust Museum Condemns Concentration Camp Analogies After Detention Centers Draw Comparisons

Just in via press release: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum unequivocally rejects efforts to create analogies between the Holocaust and other events, whether historical or contemporary. That position has repeatedly and unambiguously been made clear in the Museum’s official statement on the matter – a statement that is reiterated and reaffirmed now. The link to the Museum’s statement is …

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Trump Delays Mass Deportations For Two Weeks

Politico reports: President Donald Trump on Saturday delayed for two weeks the administration’s plans to begin deporting thousands of undocumented families — just hours after defending the controversial proposal. Earlier Saturday, Trump defended the proposed raids that were due to begin Sunday in over a dozen cities. Under the plan, Immigration and Customs Enforcement would have deported up to 2,000 …

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Trump Names Fox News Contributor As “Border Czar”

Axios reports: Thomas Homan, a Fox News contributor who served as acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director at the start of President Trump’s tenure, will work as an administration “border czar,” the president announced on “Fox & Friends” Friday. It’s the latest of a string of new appointments to top immigration-linked positions, including Ken Cuccinelli as director of U.S. Citizenship …

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ICE Director Nominee: I Can Tell Which Migrant Kids Will Grow Up To Be In Gangs By Looking In Their Eyes

Politico reports: Mark Morgan, the White House choice to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said during a Fox News interview earlier this year that he can judge the likelihood that an unaccompanied minor will become a gang member by looking into that child’s eyes. “I’ve been to detention facilities where I’ve walked up to these individuals that are so-called minors, …

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ICE Misses Deadline On Trump Org Hiring Questions

The Washington Post reports: President Trump has shown he is willing to take dramatic steps to stop the flow of illegal immigration into the United States, but his administration has been silent about one company that long relied on unauthorized labor: Trump’s own business. Democrats in Congress have been stymied in their efforts to find out whether federal authorities are …

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Acting ICE Director Resigns After Yanked Nomination

Stephen Miller’s reign of terror marches on: The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ron Vitiello, has resigned amid an agency-wide restructuring of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Vitiello had originally been nominated to take over the post permanently, but his nomination was abruptly pulled last week by President Trump, who said he wanted to go …

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Trump Yanks Nomination Of Man Tapped To Lead ICE

The Associated Press reports: The White House on Thursday withdrew the nomination of a longtime border official to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as the Trump administration grapples with a massive increase in Southern border crossings that are straining the system with no easy solution, according to people with knowledge of the move. The paperwork on Ron Vitiello was …

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