38% Rise in the Arrest of Immigrant Families

New statistics, released on Wednesday (September 12, 2018), show that the number of members of immigrant families arrested by immigration officials for illegally entering the US increased by as much as 38%. Officials with the Department of Homeland Security have labeled the rise a ‘crisis.’ According to the latest data, almost 13,000 immigrant family members …

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Lawsuit Filed Against Culpeper County Sheriff over Immigration Detentions

A Virginia resident has filed a civil rights class action lawsuit against Scott Jenkins, the Sheriff of Culpeper County, alleging that he unlawfully keeps immigrants in jail after their release dates. Victor M Glasberg and Associates, and the Legal Aid Justice Center brought the lawsuit to challenge the Sheriff’s policy of honoring US Immigration and …

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EI Paso Camp to Triple Beds for Immigrant Kids

On Tuesday (September 11th, 2018) the government announced that the space for immigrant kids traveling without an adult guardian at the immigration detention camp in Tornillo will be tripled to house up to as many as 3,800 immigrant minors. The increase marks a 20% rise in the number of beds for immigrant minors, which currently …

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44 New Immigration Judges Welcomed by Sessions

Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General of the US, has welcomed 44 new immigration judges. The Justice Department says this is the biggest class of such judges in the history of the nation, taking place as the Trump administration continues to struggle to reunite immigrant families separated by the now-defunct zero-tolerance policy, which saw the number …

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Population Decline in Rural Texas Curbed by Immigration

Population decline in rural areas across the US is being curbed by an influx of new immigrants, a new study shows. The study examined 2,767 nationwide rural areas, including 412 Texas communities, which had shown a population decline of 11% since 1990. Center for American Progress senior analyst on immigration, Nicole Svajlenka, says that the …

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Spike in ICE Detentions in Knox County

The number of detainees held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Knox County jail increased by as much as 300% over the average last month, as a new contract between the county and the federal government, referred to as an IGSA (intergovernmental service agreement) took effect, for which the county is paid $67 …

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Ramsey County to Hire an Immigration Lawyer

The lead prosecutor of Ramsey County will hire an immigration lawyer as part of his staff to help his office deal with several related issues, including deportation from the US. Ramsey County Attorney, John Choi, says that the new lawyer will be particularly helpful when a decision is needed on charging suspects who could be …

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Trump Administration Seeks Indefinite Child Detention

On Thursday (September 7, 2018), the Trump administration announced its intention to bypass rules limiting the time that immigrant minors can be kept in detention centers, with the Department of Homeland Security intending to pull out of the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement, a federal edict that prohibits minors from being detained for more than 20 days. …

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India Urges US Balance on H-1B Visas

On Thursday (September 7, 2018), India urged the US to take a sensitive and balanced approach to the issue of changing the nation’s H-1B US visa policy, claiming that such changes could have an impact on the “people-to-people” connections vital for stimulating bilateral ties. In the first real 2+2 exchanges between the two nations, External Affairs …

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Trump Administration Blasted over Detainee Transfers

A federal judge has blasted the Trump administration for transferring ten immigrant detainees to out of state jails from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Contra Costa County in August, with the decision slammed as ‘troubling’ and ‘dangerous.’ Last week, US District Court Judge, Edward J Davila dismissed a request to have …

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ICE Demands North Carolina Voting Records

Immigration authorities have told election officials in North Carolina to hand over voting records dating back almost ten years by the end of September. On Friday (August 31st, 2018), the US Attorney’s Office for North Carolina’s Eastern District subpoenaed records from 44 county election boards in the state’s eastern areas as well as from the …

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