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California to end its use of private, for-profit prisons

Oct. 11, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the use of for-profit, private detention facilities, including those under contract to the federal government to hold immigrants awaiting deportation hearings, under a bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he had signed. The Democratic governor said the...

School: Immigration authorities tried to get student records

Oct. 11, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A public school district in Tennessee says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents tried getting student records from one of its elementary schools, but the agency says that seems unlikely. Citing a Metro Nashville Public Schools statement, news outlets report the district...

Trump administration ramps up deportations to Cuba

Oct. 11, 2019 4:13 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — After seeking asylum in the United States at the Mexican border, Pablo Sanchez was placed in a detention center and is now facing what has become an increasingly common scenario under President Donald Trump: deportation to Cuba. Since the end of the Obama administration, the number of Cubans...

ICE officials ordered to testify in married immigrants' suit

Oct. 10, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has ordered immigration officials to appear in court for a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's practice of targeting for deportation immigrants seeking to become legal U.S. citizens through marriage. Judge Mark Wolf ordered officials with U.S. Immigration and...

ICE, sheriff say immigration ruling threatens public safety

Oct. 10, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Thursday criticized a judge's ruling barring his agency from relying solely on databases that have at times led to the wrongful detention of American citizens. Speaking Thursday at the White House, Matthew Albence called...

Louisiana becomes new hub in immigrant detention under Trump

Oct. 9, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Tucked away in the dense forest of rural Louisiana is a barbed wire-ringed prison that has quickly grown into a major detention center for immigrants detained at the border. The Winn Correctional Center is one of eight Louisiana jails that have started housing asylum seekers and other...

Ex-ICE agent faces federal charges for impersonating officer

Oct. 9, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a former agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement accused of helping an inmate escape from a local Kansas jail by impersonating an immigration officer. Forty-two-year-old Andrew J. Pleviak was indicted Wednesday on a charge of false...

Under Trump, Louisiana is at epicenter of migrant detention

Oct. 9, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Tucked away in the dense forest of rural Louisiana is a barbed wire-ringed prison that has quickly become a major detention center for immigrants detained at the border. The Winn Correctional Center is one of eight Louisiana jails that have started holding asylum seekers and other...

Boston jail to stop housing federal immigration detainees

Oct. 9, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's sheriff is ending his office's longtime relationship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying his jails will stop housing hundreds of federal detainees in order to house more female inmates. Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins maintained the move, which he announced...

DC limits cooperation with federal immigration agencies

Oct. 9, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C., lawmakers have voted to bar district agencies from cooperating with federal immigration agencies unless provided a judicial warrant or order. WTOP-FM reports the emergency legislation unanimously passed Tuesday aims to ensure the district doesn't detain people solely for...