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Members of the San Jose Police Department investigate a homicide scene at Grace Baptist Church on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in San Jose, Calif. Two people died and multiple others were injured in a stabbing Sunday night at the church, where homeless people had been brought to shelter from the cold weather, police said. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group via AP)

Police: Suspect in church stabbings has criminal history

Nov. 25, 2020 6:58 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man suspected in the fatal stabbings of two people and the wounding of three others at a San Francisco Bay Area homeless shelter has a history of domestic violence and had been deported at least three times, officials said Wednesday. Fernando Jesus Lopez, 32, was on probation in San...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. The U.S. government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist who was seeing patients at the detention center, according to court papers filed Tuesday, Nov. 24. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

US agrees for now to stop deporting women who alleged abuse

Nov. 24, 2020 10:01 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist, according to court papers filed Tuesday. In a motion that must still be approved by a federal judge, the Justice Department and lawyers for several...

This undated photo obtained from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows a NeoScan 45 fingerprint scanner. The device, paired with an app known as EDDIE, is used by ICE to run remote ID checks. The app has been a core tool in President Donald Trump’s deportation crackdown, according to a new report based on a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

Report: Mobile fingerprinting a core tool in US deportations

Nov. 23, 2020 6:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A mobile fingerprinting app U.S. immigration agents use to run remote ID checks in the field has become a core tool in President Donald Trump’s deportation crackdown, a pair of immigration rights groups say in a new report based on a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The 2,500 pages...

An Oct. 16, 2020 handout photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Bounchan Keola. Keola, a former inmate firefighter who was injured fighting the Zogg fire in October and turned over to ICE weeks later. Keola appeared via, video, in a news conference on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to halt the practice of turning over released inmates to federal immigration officials. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

California inmate fought wildfires, now faces deportation

Nov. 19, 2020 7:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Among the thousands of firefighters who battled record-setting wildfires in California this year was Bounchan Keola, a 39-year-old immigrant from Laos serving a 28-year prison sentence for a gang-related shooting when he was 16. One of roughly 1,800 inmates fighting fires, Keola...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. The Trump administration is deporting several women who have alleged they were abused or mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to lawyers representing the women. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

US deports migrant women who alleged abuse by Georgia doctor

Nov. 11, 2020 7:56 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Trump administration is trying to deport several women who allege they were mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to their lawyers. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has already deported six former patients who complained about Dr....

FILE - In this June 27, 2018 file photo, Buena Ventura Martin Godinez, from Guatemala, sits with her son Pedro during an interview in Homestead, Florida. Godinez, who worked as a nurse in Guatemala, said she and her husband decided to leave San Juan Atitan because masked men were demanding extortion payments from her husband's small business selling Internet access. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Godínez has a long wait before knowing if she will get asylum, with her next date at the immigration court set for 2022. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

After surge and outcry, limbo for Central Americans

Nov. 1, 2020 10:00 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Manuel Marcelino Tzaj spends every Thursday looking at the ceiling of the small Brooklyn room he shares with his daughter. He says that if he leaves the building on that day, the electronic ankle monitor he has worn for more than two years will alert Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Una mujer porta una mascarilla mientras limpia una acera frente a un mural del fallecido presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez durante una jornada de limpieza y desinfección organizada por el consejo comunal y organización colectiva del vecindario 23 de Enero de Caracas, Venezuela, el miércoles 29 de abril de 2020. (AP Foto/Matias Delacroix)

Hugo Chavez's ex-nurse indicted in US for money laundering

Oct. 31, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Hugo Chávez’s former nurse has been charged with money laundering in a Miami federal court, accused of taking bribes from a billionaire media mogul to green light lucrative currency transactions when she served as Venezuela’s national treasurer. Claudia...

Enrique Balcazar, of Migrant Justice, an advocacy group representing immigrant farmworkers in Vermont, speaks to a crowd outside the federal court on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement has agreed not to deport Balcazar or two other activists in a settlement of the activists' lawsuit accusing the federal government of targeting them in retaliation for their activism. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

ICE settles lawsuit filed by immigrant activists in Vermont

Oct. 28, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The federal government has agreed not to deport three immigrant activists in Vermont who sued two years ago after they were arrested, saying they were targeted in retaliation for their activism, according to the settlement filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Vermont. As part...

Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, during a hearing on U.S. policy in a changing Middle East. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

US deported Venezuelans through third country despite risks

Oct. 16, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — The Trump administration stealthily deported an unknown number of Venezuelans through a third country, possibly violating U.S. laws and undermining U.S. warnings about the socialist government’s human rights record, according to the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign...

LA County agrees to settle immigration suit for $14 million

Oct. 13, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County agreed Tuesday to pay $14 million to settle a lawsuit that said the Sheriff's Department improperly held thousands of people in jail beyond their release dates at the request of immigration officials. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to settle the...