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Month: December 2016

Arkansas lawmakers oppose immigrant shelter plan

Three members of the Congressional delegation in Arkansas have opposed the proposal to turn an abandoned factory close to Hot Springs into a shelter for undocumented, unaccompanied immigrant minors. Earlier this month, the US Department of Health and Human Services visited Royal’s former Ouachita Job Corps Center to assess its potential as a secure facility …

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Caribbean immigrants among those apprehended in 2016

As the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continued on its mission to protect the US from cross-border illegal immigration and crime threatening both public safety and national security, it says that Caribbean citizens were among the sizeable number of undocumented immigrants apprehended during 2016. In the agency’s ‘year in review’ report, ICE offers a …

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Federal court system swamped by immigration cases

Most federal prosecutions in the US are now immigration cases, with New Mexico no exception. The caseload has become so large; with numbers in the last two years doubling for undocumented immigrants apprehended by authorities, that a cap has been imposed by US Attorney, Damon Martinez. This is for 150 prosecutions of non-violent border crossers …

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College leaders want immigration program to remain

Around 550 university presidents in the US signed a statement earlier in December calling for the upholding, continuation, and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in the wake of last month’s election of Donald Trump to the US Presidency. Trump has said that he would end the program, which enables undocumented …

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74 convicted criminal immigrants arrested by ICE

74 undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions and immigration violations have been arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during an operation that crossed two states and lasted as long as 11 days. The majority of those apprehended during the operation, in Ohio and Michigan, had convictions for past offenses, such as drug trafficking, weapons …

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Senate Democrats push for release of Berks County immigrants

On Monday, 13 activists, wanting an end to immigrant families being held in detention, were arrested for blocking Harrisburg traffic. On Wednesday, their cause was taken up by as many as 17 Democrats in the Senate. These included both Senators from New Jersey and Pennsylvania Senator, Bob Casey, who issued a letter calling for the …

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