Latest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement News

Florida sued over sanctuary policy ban

Jul. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The city of South Miami and a coalition of immigrant advocates sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday over a new law that forces local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officials. Activists representing farmworkers, Haitian immigrants, and asylum seekers warned...

Making an immigration arrest requires hours of surveillance

Jul. 16, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — Two immigration officers had been parked outside a home well before dawn when their target — a Mexican man convicted of driving under the influence in 2015 — appeared to emerge as the sun illuminated a gray sky. "I'm going to do a vehicle stop," an officer radioed....

Man killed at Washington immigration jail shot many times

Jul. 15, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say an armed man who threw incendiary devices at an immigration detention center in Washington state died of multiple gunshot wounds after four police officers opened fire. The Pierce County medical examiner's office said Monday that Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of Vashon...

The Latest: Churches promise sanctuary from migrant sweeps

Jul. 15, 2019 2:43 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on immigration enforcement sweeps (all times local): 1:50 p.m. A dozen churches in the Los Angeles area have declared themselves sanctuaries for migrant families as the Trump administration's immigration crackdown is scheduled to begin. Guillermo Torres, with Clergy and Laity...

Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps

Jul. 14, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action to help those potentially threatened by the operation. A Chicago priest talked during his homily about the compassion...

Mayor: Crackdown on immigrants already underway in NYC

Jul. 14, 2019 3:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he's getting reports that a nationwide crackdown on immigrants facing deportation is already underway in his city. The sweeps were expected to start Sunday, but de Blasio tweeted on Saturday that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency had...

Thousands protest Trump immigration policies in Chicago

Jul. 13, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Several thousand protesters have marched through downtown Chicago to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies, including planned sweeps in several American cities, including Chicago, over the weekend. The protesters at Saturday's march belted chants critical of President...

Advocates hope Illinois private detention ban sparks change

Jul. 13, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Far from the southern border crisis, Illinois has launched a bullish effort to undercut the Trump administration's immigration detention practices, and politicians and activists are taking note. The state recently enacted a first-of-its kind ban on privately-run immigration detention, as...

Trump says nationwide immigration arrests to begin Sunday

Jul. 12, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said efforts to deport families with orders to leave the country will continue after an upcoming national sweep that President Donald Trump said would start Sunday. Matthew Albence, the agency's acting director, said targets were on an...

Sen. Blumenthal introduces legislation to stop ICE sweeps

Jul. 12, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal introduced new legislation to prevent immigration officers from deporting people living in the country illegally as immigration arrests are expected to start Sunday. The new legislation aims to hold the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...