Latest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement News

Virginia sheriff ends immigrant detention program

Sep. 20, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia sheriff has ended an agreement with federal authorities to lock up people suspected of being in the United States illegally. The Virginian-Pilot reports Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron has for two years jailed detainees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in exchange for...

Over 70 arrested in immigration protest at Microsoft store

Sep. 14, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of immigration policy protesters have been arrested at a demonstration outside a Microsoft store in New York City. Police say they took 76 people into custody Saturday who blocked traffic near the Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. The protesters criticized Microsoft for doing business...

US wants $100,000-plus from immigrant who sued over forgery

Sep. 12, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Mexican immigrant who was nearly deported after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyer forged a document in his case brought about change by suing over the misconduct. Ignacio Lanuza's lawsuit helped prompt a criminal investigation that sent the lawyer to jail, established legal...

Cuban man deported despite traffic-blocking protest

Sep. 12, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An asylum seeker whose pending deportation sparked a traffic-stopping protest this week in New Orleans was deported to Cuba on Thursday, a spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service said. Yoel Alonso Leal was returned to his homeland despite his supporters' contentions...

Ex-ICE agent accused of impersonating officer to free inmate

Sep. 12, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been accused of impersonating an immigration officer during a foiled attempt to help an inmate escape from a local jail in Kansas. A criminal complaint made public Thursday charges Andrew J. Pleviak, 41, with attempted...

Democrats slam decision to end immigrant medical relief

Sep. 11, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

Democratic lawmakers criticized federal immigration officials Wednesday for refusing to explain their decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships. Officials with two agencies — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and...

Mexican national shot by ICE in Tennessee recovering

Sep. 6, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Mexican man shot while fleeing from immigration agents in Tennessee was recovering Friday, an attorney for his family said. Andrew Free said in an interview the man was shot in the stomach and elbow Thursday morning by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. He did not...

Confrontation between ICE and suspect leads to shots fired

Sep. 5, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent opened fire in a grocery store parking lot in Tennessee early Thursday during an attempted apprehension, ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said. Cox said the shooting came after agents pulled over an individual who had been under surveillance. Cox...

Immigration agency sets new contract with Mississippi prison

Sep. 5, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A privately run prison in Mississippi says it has a new five-year contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Natchez Democrat reported that the Adams County Correctional Center, operated by CoreCivic, says the contract will add 50 jobs, and provide the county with...

State attorneys seek answers on immigrant medical care cases

Sep. 4, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen state attorneys general are seeking answers from federal immigration officials about their decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to remain in the country for medical treatment and other hardships. The letter sent Wednesday to U.S. Citizenship and...