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Month: July 2017

Yakima County Must Remove Immigration Hold

A federal judge has ordered that Yakima County must remove the immigration hold it placed on a criminal immigrant defendant after federal authorities designated him for deportation. The US District Judge, Salvador Mendoza, gave his ruling on Tuesday, to grant a temporary restraining order that enabled the defendant, Antonio Sanchez-Ochoa, to gain release from Yakima …

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Immigration Detainer Policy Overhaul Proposed by Malliotakis

On Wednesday, Assemblywoman, Nicole Malliotakis, said that she would not honor federal detention requests made on undocumented immigrants who have committed minor offenses. She added that she would collaborate with the City Council or even sign an executive order to have policies overhauled to limit the immigration detainers that must be honored by local authorities. …

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$10 Million Assimilation and Citizenship Grant Opportunities

Applications are now being accepted for a pair of funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program, run by US Citizenship and Immigration Services. These competitive grant opportunities are aimed at organizations that help permanent lawful residents to prepare for naturalization and to promote civic assimilation via an increased understanding of the English language, …

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State Court Bars Massachusetts from Holding Immigrants Without Charge

The police in Massachusetts have no authority to hold undocumented immigrants just so that they can be taken into custody by federal immigration authorities, according to a ruling from the top court in the state, delivered on Monday. The Supreme Judicial State Court ruled that to do so would constitute a fresh arrest, which is …

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Suspected Teen Gang Members Targeted by ICE

Immigration agents are planning nationwide raids for the coming week. As the crackdown on undocumented immigrants, spearheaded by President Donald Trump, widens, teenagers who were unaccompanied immigrants, and who are suspected of being members of criminal gangs, are high on the list of targets. An internal memo, obtained by Reuters, revealed that the raids would …

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