Tag: Immigration Detention

21 Savage on ICE Detention, the Grammys and His Uncertain Future

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — For the last four years, 21 Savage has been one of the stalwarts of Atlanta rap, a rising star who’s collaborated with Drake and Cardi B, among many others, and become one of the signature voices in the city. His December album “I Am > I Was” spent two weeks at the […]

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The Democrats’ Latest Political Gimmick on Immigration

As congressional negotiators wrestled their way toward a compromise bill to fund the federal government this week, one sticking point emerged: the demand by Democrats to sharply reduce the number of beds for immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And while the details are complicated, Democrats claim that the resulting legislation, which President Trump […]

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A Border Agent Detained Two Americans Speaking Spanish. Now They Have Sued.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Thursday against United States Customs and Border Protection on behalf of two American women who were stopped last spring in a small Montana city by a border agent who said he was asking for their identification because he heard them speaking Spanish. The border agent, identified […]

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Congress Expected to Swiftly Pass Border Deal to Prevent Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Congress will move quickly Thursday to pass a border security deal that deprives President Trump of what might be his last chance to build his wall, leaving the White House to decide whether to try to go around Congress to find the money. The Senate will vote first on the legislation, which includes […]

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Why Border Wall Talks Suddenly Became a Showdown Over ‘ICE Beds’

After prompting the longest government shutdown in history, President Trump’s divisive proposal for a border wall has taken a back seat in recent days for negotiators in Congress who are seeking to avoid another crippling closure. The latest talks have focused on another immigration issue that has exploded in recent months: Record numbers of migrants […]

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Trump Says He Does Not Want a Government Shutdown as He Moves Toward Embracing Border Deal

WASHINGTON — President Trump declared on Wednesday that he does not want to see the government shut down at midnight Friday and hinted that he has “options that most people don’t understand” to build his border wall without congressional approval. The remarks, which were made to reporters in the Oval Office as he met with […]

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Pelosi Urges Democrats to Back Border Security Deal as Republicans Fall in Line

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her House Democratic troops to fall in line behind a border-security agreement that deprived President Trump of a win on his long-promised wall but gave more money for border fencing and detention beds than the left wing of her party wanted. “As with all compromises, I say to people, […]

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Videoconferencing in Immigration Court: High-Tech Solution or Rights Violation?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Facing serious overcrowding in immigration courts, federal authorities in New York adopted a high-tech solution last year: Immigrants would be kept in detention centers for their legal proceedings, appearing before judges only by videoconference. Now, a new lawsuit claims […]

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21 Savage to Be Released From ICE Custody, His Lawyers Say

Lawyers for the Britain-born rapper 21 Savage say he will be released on bond on Wednesday after spending more than a week in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which said it had arrested him for being in the United States illegally. Kuck Baxter Immigration, the law firm representing the rapper, whose legal name […]

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Trump Says He Is ‘Not Happy’ With Border Deal but Does Not Say if He Will Sign It

WASHINGTON — President Trump declared on Tuesday that he was “not happy” about the bipartisan border security compromise negotiated by congressional leaders but would not say whether he would sign it or veto it before another government shutdown hits at midnight Friday. In his first comments since learning details of the deal, Mr. Trump declined […]

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Democrats Lose on Detention Beds as Trump Mulls Options on Border Deal

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan border security compromise struck on Monday includes a provision that could give the Trump administration broad discretion to increase the number of slots to shelter detained migrants, a win for Republicans that could ease the sting of President Trump’s failure to secure full funding for his border wall. Details of the […]

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Fact Check of the Day: Trump Repeats False Claim About El Paso Crime, This Time in El Paso

What Mr. Trump said “I’ve been hearing a lot of things: ‘Oh the wall didn’t make that much of a difference.’ You know where it made a big difference? Right here in El Paso.” False. Mr. Trump is repeating his widely debunked claim made in his State of the Union address that El Paso transformed […]

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With Shutdown Looming, Border Deal Is Reached ‘in Principle’

WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators on Monday night agreed in principle to provide $1.375 billion for fencing and other physical barriers at the Mexican border, part of a broader agreement that would stave off another partial government shutdown without funding President Trump’s wall. The agreement would allow for 55 miles of new bollard fencing, […]

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Immigration Talks Move From Wall to Real Fight: How to Enforce the Law

WASHINGTON — The battle in Congress over the number of detention beds under the control of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has pushed the border security fight beyond the symbolism of a wall to the core of the immigration debate — how the nation’s laws are to be enforced far beyond the border with Mexico. The […]

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Talks Over Border Security Break Down, Imperiling Effort to Prevent Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan talks to reach a border security agreement have stalled, lawmakers and aides said on Sunday, imperiling efforts to prevent another government shutdown days before the Friday deadline. Senator Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, the Republican chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a key figure in the negotiations, confirmed the impasse on […]

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21 Savage and the Way We See Black Immigrants

On Sunday, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested the rapper 21 Savage, stunning his fans by declaring that he is a British citizen and has overstayed his visa. The arrest comes just months after the 26-year-old musician’s latest album, “I Am > I Was,” debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 and […]

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Profile: Valeria Luiselli, At Home in Two Worlds

A few days before Christmas, a group of 20 or so people crowded into the Mexican novelist Valeria Luiselli’s living room. Luiselli dipped in and out among her guests, serving mulled wine as school-aged children from Still Waters in a Storm, an educational center in Brooklyn focused on reading and writing, prepared to perform an […]

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‘A Light for Me in the Darkness’: For Migrant Detainees, a Bond Forged by Letter

Achiri Nelson Geh, a young activist deeply involved in the independence movement in southern Cameroon, knew he had to flee: Police officers had killed his brother, and they were looking for him. Making his way by plane, boat, bus and foot to Mexico, he surrendered to United States authorities at the border in the hope […]

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Critic’s Notebook: 21 Savage, American Rapper

The video for “A Lot,” 21 Savage’s elegiac single, takes place at a formal dinner and party in a cloud-high mansion, a lavish and exuberant celebration of black wealth. But there’s a moving sequence midway through that suggests trouble just beneath the surface. The cuts are quick — warm shots of confident guests at the […]

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Australia Says Last Refugee Children Held on Nauru Will Go to U.S.

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian government said on Sunday that the last remaining children held on the Pacific island of Nauru while seeking asylum would be resettled in the United States, a long-awaited end to a controversial practice and a victory for migrant advocates. “Every asylum-seeker child has now been removed from Nauru or has […]

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