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Report: Vegas police quietly give jailed immigrants to feds

Nov. 27, 2021 13:14 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police in Las Vegas help federal officials capture undocumented immigrants jailed for nonviolent crimes, a shift in practice that critics say was never made public. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department also has instructed jail officials not to...

Lawsuit could foil Illinois’ ban on immigration detention

Nov. 20, 2021 01:02 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — When Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Illinois Way Forward Act into law in August, he put the state squarely on the side of a growing movement against the federal government’s vast immigration detention system. The law banned cities and counties statewide from renting...

California asks review of order tossing ban on private jails

Nov. 17, 2021 14:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general on Wednesday asked the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that rejected the state's first-in-the-nation ban on for-profit private prisons and immigration detention facilities. The ruling...

Man who attacked girl at IU violin camp to be deported

Nov. 12, 2021 14:15 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A man sentenced to house arrest for attacking a 13-year-old girl with a pocketknife in 2019 as she was attending an Indiana University violin camp is now awaiting deportation to South Korea. Dongwook Ko, 19, is being held at the Clay County...

Company halts work program instead of upping detainee pay

Nov. 05, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Brazilian Jose Soares has been locked up in one of the United States' largest immigration detention centers for the past two years, passing much of his time cleaning bathrooms and buffing floors at a rate of $1 a day. But last week, a federal jury ruled...

US returns antiquities to India in stolen art investigation

Oct. 28, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. authorities returned about 250 antiquities to India on Thursday in a long-running investigation of a stolen art scheme. The items, worth an estimated $15 million, were handed over during a ceremony at the Indian Consulate in New York City. The...

Indiana county may cash in as Illinois bans detentions

Oct. 16, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

BRAZIL, Ind. (AP) — Clay County is a lot like the other counties around it: rural, overwhelmingly white, lower middle class, and very Republican. But one thing that sets the county apart is its local jail, which is the only jail in Indiana that holds immigrants and asylum-seekers in U.S....

Walz asks ICE to stop deportation of woman who sought pardon

Oct. 14, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is asking officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop deportation proceedings for a woman he says will be in grave danger if she is returned to her native Ethiopia. Amreya Shefa was convicted of manslaughter for...

Court tosses ban on private immigration jails in California

Oct. 05, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday tossed out California's ban on privately owned immigration detention facilities, keeping intact a key piece of the world's largest detention system for immigrants. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the ban into law in 2019,...

New Biden rules would limit arrest, deportation of migrants

Sep. 30, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing bipartisan criticism over its approach to immigration, the Biden administration on Thursday announced new rules that require authorities to only pursue migrants who recently crossed into the country without permission or are deemed to pose a threat to public safety....