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Judge to rule by year end on ICE arrests at New York courts

Nov. 20, 2019 6:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge says he’ll rule by the end of the year on the constitutionality of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests in New York courthouses. Judge Jed Rakoff set the deadline for himself after expressing skepticism toward the federal government’s assertions that its...

Cuban asylum-seekers: Hunger strikes punished with isolation

Nov. 19, 2019 3:00 PM EST

MILAN, N.M. (AP) — A dozen Cuban asylum-seekers detained in a New Mexico have twice been placed in solitary confinement for going on hunger strikes, two of the asylum-seekers said. The pair said they and 10 others were punished for protesting their lengthy stay in prison and denial of their asylum cases,...

Authorities: Couple plead guilty to vulnerable adult abuse

Nov. 17, 2019 11:10 PM EST

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — A couple who manage a Chandler assisted living facility have pleaded guilty to vulnerable adult abuse. The charges stem from the August death of a resident who went two days without air conditioning. State prosecutors say Joseph Somera and Lolita Somera, both 56, operated Happy Homes...

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...

Florida editorial roundup

Nov. 13, 2019 5:55 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Nov. 13 The Ledger of Lakeland on funding affordable housing: Various agencies throughout Polk County are working hard to try to fend off the potential for rising homelessness - something all of us should want. One critical, self-evident aspect of preventing problems...

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...