Denver Receives Withheld Federal Funding

The federal government has given the City and County of Denver almost three-quarters of $1 million after a successful rebuking of the attempt by the Department of Justice to penalize some cities in the US for failing to cooperate with immigration enforcement. The office of Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General of the US, approved the …

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Sanctuary City Punishment Bill Moves Forward

On Wednesday, a bill targeting Philadelphia and other municipalities in Pennsylvania, which refuse to hold undocumented immigrants in detention without criminal warrants, moved on from a state House committee. The bill, intended to punish so-called ‘sanctuary cities,’ was passed in 2017 by the PA Senate. The new approval now sees it heading for a vote …

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ICE to End Plans for Families Seeking Arizona Asylum

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dropped the practice of coordinating plans for immigrant families seeking asylum in Arizona following release from detention but still waiting for a court decision on their fate. Until Sunday, the agency conducted reviews, including the confirmation of bus routes, communication with members of families, coordinating with NGOs, and ensuring …

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Immigration Detention Dispute Heads to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court took up a new immigration dispute on Wednesday as it contemplates the circumstances in which people awaiting deportation from the US can be detained by the federal government once they have finished sentences received for criminal convictions. The nine justices were to hear an hour of arguments as part of an appeal …

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Pizza Deliveryman Deportation Case Dropped

Four months after US Immigration officials detained Ecuador immigrant, Pablo Villavicencio, as he delivered pizza to the military base Fort Hamilton and failed to produce identification, the deportation case against him has been dismissed at the federal level. The Legal Aid Society now intends to help Villavicencio, who was held in detention for 53 days, …

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Marriage Fraud Charges for Two in Waterloo

A brother and sister in Waterloo have been charged with organizing a sham marriage to prevent immigration officials from deporting the former from the US. Last week, a grand jury indictment was filed alleging that 27-year-old Selmir Salkanovic, a citizen of Bosnia, overstayed his tourist visa last year and that he and his sister, Selena …

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More Immigrant Families Released in Tucson

Border Patrol released hundreds of immigrant families over the weekend. According to officials, many were apprehended along the Arizona/Mexico border in large groups, with over 100 people, mainly immigrants from Guatemala dropped off at a Tucson church. The release of almost 700 immigrants, primarily parents with children or pregnant women, seems to be part of …

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