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Private prison firm preps for 2020 ‘worst case scenario’

Nov. 15, 2019 5:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The head of a giant private prison company says his firm is prepared for the “worst case scenario” should a Democratic presidential candidate win the 2020 election and attempt to abolish private involvement in the prison sector. CoreCivic CEO Damon Hininger addressed...

Yale student fights against his mom’s possible deportation

Nov. 15, 2019 10:38 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Yale University graduate student is constantly watching his phone as he waits for news on his mother, who is detained and could be deported to Honduras, a country where he says she won’t get the medical treatment she needs as a survivor of stage-four cancer. Cristian Padilla...

Data shows upswing in child exploitation cases

Nov. 14, 2019 1:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government investigators who uncover child exploitation initiated more than 4,000 cases around the world in the 2019 budget year, resulting in thousands of arrests and the identification of more than 1,000 victims, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The caseloads are...

Family files lawsuit in death of ICE detainee in Colorado

Nov. 13, 2019 2:18 PM EST

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The family of a detainee has filed a wrongful death lawsuit after a man died while held at an immigration detention facility in Colorado. KUSA-TV reported Tuesday that Kamyar Samimi died in December 2017 when his family said he was denied access to an opioid withdrawal drug he was...

NC woman gets prison for hiding foreign athletes from ICE

Nov. 13, 2019 5:13 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The founder of a now-defunct private school in North Carolina has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for hiding foreign student-athletes from federal immigration authorities. News outlet report 65-year-old Evelyn Mack was sentenced Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to...

Court rules against warrantless searches of phones, laptops

Nov. 12, 2019 11:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A federal court in Boston has ruled that warrantless U.S. government searches of the phones and laptops of international travelers at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment. Tuesday's ruling in U.S. District Court came in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil...

District: Claim of immigration school visit was unconfirmed

Nov. 4, 2019 5:44 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville school district officials say they shouldn't have described two men they say sought student records at a school as "immigration officials" without confirming they were. The acknowledgement still leaves wide uncertainty about what happened at Una Elementary. District...

Emails cast doubt on claim of immigration visit to school

Oct. 31, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Emails cast fresh doubt on a recent claim that immigration officials visited a Nashville school asking for student records. In an Oct. 11 email among Nashville school officials obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, district chief of staff Hank Clay said...

Immigrant victimized by ICE forgery doesn't have to pay fees

Oct. 29, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday criticized the Justice Department for seeking legal fees from a Mexican immigrant who was the victim of a forgery by a government lawyer. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein on Tuesday denied the department's effort to make Ignacio Lanuza and his attorneys pay...

Nashville to end contract to house ICE immigrant detainees

Oct. 29, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The sheriff in Tennessee's largest city says his office will stop contracting to house detained immigrants for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Dec. 1, calling the issue a distraction. Nashville Sheriff Daron Hall's announcement Tuesday comes amid continued backlash from...