Tag: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (US)

More Than 2,000 Migrants Were Targeted in Raids. 35 Were Arrested.

More than 2,000 migrants who were in the United States illegally were targeted in widely publicized raids that unfolded across the country last week. But figures the government provided to The New York Times on Monday show that just 35 people were detained in the operation. President Trump had touted the raids — called Operation […]

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At Detention Camps and Shelters, Art Helps Migrant Youths Find Their Voices

EL PASO — The young migrants often arrived at night. They were teenagers from Central and South America, brought by border agents to the Tornillo Detention Facility and led to rows of metal bunk beds in military tents ringed by barbed wire. Human touch, even a simple hug, was rare inside this secured temporary city, […]

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What Happens After an ICE Raid? Explaining the Deportation Process

With a series of coordinated deportation actions targeting recently arrived families from Central America, the federal authorities intend to arrest at least 2,000 people who are not eligible to remain in the country. The operations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents began over the weekend in places like New York, Florida and Illinois, and it […]

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How America Got to ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Immigration: The Inside Story

On the last day of March, Kirstjen Nielsen set off for what was supposed to be a weeklong trip to Europe with a packed itinerary. In London, she would meet with British officials on counterterrorism matters, then travel on to Stockholm to discuss election security with her Swedish counterparts and finally head to Paris, where […]

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‘Nobody Opened the Door’: Neighbors Rally During an ICE Raid in Houston

HOUSTON — The immigration raid early Monday morning at the El Paraiso Apartments in Houston was not exactly a major victory for immigration enforcement. It was foiled, in part, by 19-year-old Kaylin Garcia. Shortly before 7 a.m. Monday, Ms. Garcia was sitting in her car near her family’s apartment, in a largely Hispanic section of […]

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Waiting for the Immigration Raids

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher This past weekend, immigration officials were scheduled to begin arresting and deporting thousands of undocumented immigrants who had been ordered to leave the United States but had remained. On Friday evening, we spoke to one woman […]

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ICE Launches Low-Key Raids Targeting Migrant Families

Coordinated federal raids targeting undocumented migrant parents and their children began over the weekend, part of President Trump’s pledge to swiftly enforce deportation orders against thousands of recently arrived migrants who are not eligible to remain in the country. Only a handful of arrests appeared to take place, and they were reported in only a […]

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Man Attacking ICE Detention Center Is Fatally Shot by the Police

The police fatally shot a man who was attacking an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday morning, the authorities said. The man, who was armed with a rifle, was throwing unspecified “incendiary devices” at the Northwest Detention Center, according to a police statement. The man, identified by officials on Saturday afternoon as Willem […]

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Pence Defends Conditions at Migrant Detention Centers in Texas

Vice President Mike Pence played down reports of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions at two migrant detention centers in Texas that he visited on Friday, but he acknowledged the gravity of the humanitarian crisis unfolding along the United States’ southwestern border. The tour gave journalists covering the vice president a rare glimpse inside a Border Patrol […]

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All Presidents Are Deporters in Chief

Every person who assumes the title of president of the United States also takes on the role of deporter in chief. That’s because the office comes with the responsibility to enforce the nation’s laws — laws that require that the borders be secure and that some of the people who aren’t legally authorized to live […]

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With ICE Raids Looming, Immigrants Worry: ‘Every Time Someone Knocks, You Get Scared’

All week, Veronica had distracted herself from a constant barrage of news about a series of coordinated immigration raids that the Trump administration planned to begin this weekend in cities across the country. She worked late every night, preparing for a weeklong family vacation to Florida to visit Disney World and go fishing. She booked […]

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Trump Again Threatens ‘Major Operation’ Against Undocumented Migrants

WASHINGTON — President Trump said nationwide raids to arrest and deport undocumented migrants would begin on Sunday in a sweep that immigration officials said could roll out over days, echoing a similar threat last month that was never carried out. “Nothing to be secret about,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday […]

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ICE Is Dangerously Inaccurate

Tracy Nuetzi, a Trump voter and resident of Florida, was an American citizen for 60 years, until the country decided she wasn’t. “I thought, ‘This is a mistake, this must be a mistake,’” she said. Ms. Nuetzi spent nearly a year, from December 2017 to November 2018, trying to prove she was an American, and […]

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U.S. Prepares to Arrest Thousands of Immigrant Family Members

Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday, according to two current and one former homeland security officials, moving forward with a rapidly changing operation, the final details of which remain in flux. The operation, backed by President Trump, had been postponed, partly because of resistance among […]

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The Power of a Unified ‘No!’: U.S. Asylum Restrictions Hit a Bump

The message of the amicus brief filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in late June was simple: Officers tasked with enforcing the Trump administration’s restrictive new asylum policy believe it violates federal law and fundamental American principles. “We wanted the court to hear our story,” said Michael Knowles, the president of Local 1924 […]

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ICE Used Facial Recognition to Mine State Driver’s License Databases

WASHINGTON — Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have mined state driver’s license databases using facial recognition technology, analyzing millions of motorists’ photos without their knowledge. In at least three states that offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, ICE officials have requested to comb through state repositories of license photos, according to newly released documents. At […]

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Ordered Deported, Migrants Hit With Fines Running Into Hundreds of Thousands

Edith Espinal spends her days praying, reading and, when feeling brave, taking short accompanied walks outside the Mennonite church in Columbus, Ohio, where she has been living for 21 months. Church leaders have been protecting Ms. Espinal, who crossed illegally into the United States more than two decades ago, while she fights a deportation order. […]

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Stop Collecting Immigrants’ Social Media Data

Since the 2016 election, Congress has woken up to the consequences of allowing social media companies to hold vast stores of information about hundreds of millions of users and use it for their own purposes. But it continues to close its eyes to the dangers of allowing the Department of Homeland Security to tap into […]

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When Paying a Traffic Ticket Can End in Deportation

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — After immigration authorities tried to arrest a young man who was paying a traffic ticket at City Hall in April, word spread quickly through this city, where a third of the residents are foreign-born. The effect […]

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Smile, Your City Is Watching You

Walking through the streets of New York City, you can feel the thrill of being lost in the crowd. As throngs of people filter past, each going about their days, it seems possible to blend in without being noticed. But as municipalities and companies pursue the dream of “smart cities,” creating hyper-connected urban spaces designed […]

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