Latest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement News

More uncertainty for international students at UW-Madison

Jul. 7, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New federal guidelines that would force international students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if classes go entirely online this fall has injected another layer of uncertainty for thousands of students and threatens to add to the...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, students walk near the Widener Library in Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The Ivy League school announced Monday, July 6, 2020, that as the coronavirus pandemic continues its freshman class will be invited to live on campus this fall, while most other undergraduates will be required learn remotely from home. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

New rules: Foreign pupils must leave US if classes go online

Jul. 6, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

International students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall, under new guidelines issued Monday by federal immigration authorities. The guidelines, issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, provide additional pressure...

US signals it will resist freeing detained migrant families

Jul. 1, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government said Wednesday that it should not have to automatically release immigrant parents detained with their children — including some infants — after a federal judge set a deadline for the children to be freed, which advocates warned could lead to the renewed...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019 file photo, immigrants seeking asylum hold hands as they leave a cafeteria at the ICE South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. The isolation of at least three families at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's detention center in Dilley, has raised new fears of the coronavirus spreading through a facility that has long been accused of providing substandard medical care. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Judge: US must free migrant children from family detention

Jun. 26, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of children held with their parents in U.S. immigration jails and denounced the Trump administration’s prolonged detention of families during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee’s order applies to children held...

11 Texas immigration detainees test positive for COVID-19

Jun. 25, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Eleven detainees at a South Texas family detention center have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported Thursday. The outbreak was reported at the center near Karnes City, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio. Starting Monday,...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019 file photo, immigrants seeking asylum hold hands as they leave a cafeteria at the ICE South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. The isolation of at least three families at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's detention center in Dilley, has raised new fears of the coronavirus spreading through a facility that has long been accused of providing substandard medical care. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Isolated and afraid, detained migrant kids worry about virus

Jun. 23, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — In the isolation wing of a U.S. detention center for immigrant families, a woman from El Salvador says her 8-year-old son asks her if they are going to die. With no toys in their room and no ability to leave the room except to use the bathroom, the boy sleeps much of the day and otherwise...

US blocks travelers visas from Burundi over deportations

Jun. 19, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government said Friday that it has stopped issuing travel visas to people from Burundi because the country is not taking back citizens facing deportation from the United States. Burundi was penalized with the visa restrictions because the government of the Central African nation...

Alfredo Chavez Garcia poses for a photo outside of his house in Chicago, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Alfredo Chavez Garcia, a widowed father of six who was recently released from a southern Illinois immigrant detention center after a lawsuit from the National Immigrant Justice Center, a Chicago advocacy group. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Chicago group seeks detained immigrants' release in pandemic

Jun. 14, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Alfredo Chavez Garcia spent months agonizing about his health and the future of his six children while at a southern Illinois immigrant detention center where more than half of the detainees now have COVID-19. The 49-year-old widow with diabetes and high blood pressure said those awaiting...

Judge blocks ICE from civil arrests at New York courthouses

Jun. 10, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal immigration authorities can’t make civil arrests at New York state courthouses or arrest anyone going there for a proceeding because a policy change was made in an arbitrary and capricious manner, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling by Judge Jed S. Rakoff came after...

Guatemalans deported from the U.S., wearing a mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, line up to board a bus after arriving at La Aurora airport in Guatemala City, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. The United States resumed deportation flights to Guatemala, nearly a month after the Central American country refused to accept them. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

US expands virus testing of detained migrants amid criticism

Jun. 10, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Wednesday that it has expanded COVID-19 testing among people held at its detention facilities following criticism of its response to the outbreak. ICE says it now offers voluntary tests for the virus to all people held at detention...