Latest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement News

Mistrial halts case on minimum wage for immigrant detainees

Jun. 17, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A trial over whether the GEO Group must pay minimum wage — instead of $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its for-profit detention center in Washington state has ended with a hung jury. U.S. District...

Jury deciding if immigration detainees must get minimum wage

Jun. 15, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury is deciding whether one of the nation's biggest private prison companies must pay minimum wage — instead of $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its jail in Washington state. Democratic...

US closes Trump-era office for victims of immigrant crime

Jun. 11, 2021 22:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it has dismantled a Trump-era government office to help victims of crimes committed by immigrants, a move that symbolizes President Joe Biden's rejection of former President Donald Trump's repeated efforts to link immigrants to crime. ...

Lawsuit: ICE detained US citizen for a week in Tacoma

Jun. 11, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A naturalized U.S. citizen from Mexico is suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying the agency held him in detention for a week even though he had his passport with him and repeatedly insisted he was an American. The Northwest Immigrant...

Luiselli's prize-winning novel responds to migratory crisis

Jun. 07, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Valeria Luiselli is pleased to have passed the libraries’ test with her first novel written directly in English, “Lost Children Archive” (“Sound Desert”), which received the Dublin Literary Award. The 100,000-euro ($122,000) award, sponsored...

Illinois lawmakers pass bill to close immigration centers

Jun. 05, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly passed a sweeping immigration bill that would close all immigrant detention centers in the state and severely restrict how local law enforcement can collaborate with federal immigration agents. The bill now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk for...

Advocates in US push new efforts to bring back deportees

May. 29, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Jesus Lopez says he feels like a stranger in the place he was born. He's from Guadalajara, Mexico, but his life was in Chicago. After 15 years in the city, he was deported a year ago during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I want to go back...

US ends use of 2 immigration jails accused of mistreatment

May. 20, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A detention facility in Georgia where women claim they were subjected to unwanted medical procedures and a Massachusetts jail that has drawn complaints of inhumane conditions will no longer be used to detain immigrants, the Biden administration said Thursday. ...

The Latest: Detroit archbishop ends mask rule for vaccinated

May. 19, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

DETROIT — The archbishop of Detroit says face masks are no longer mandatory inside Roman Catholic churches in southeastern Michigan for people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Archbishop Allen Vigneron said Wednesday that anyone who hasn’t been...

Complaint: Mississippi ICE center is violating COVID rules

May. 19, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Several immigrants’ rights groups filed a complaint against those running a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Mississippi, saying it’s experiencing the largest COVID-19 outbreak at any ICE facility in the country because safety policies...