Latest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement News

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...

District: Claim of immigration school visit was unconfirmed

Nov. 4, 2019 5:44 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville school district officials say they shouldn't have described two men they say sought student records at a school as "immigration officials" without confirming they were. The acknowledgement still leaves wide uncertainty about what happened at Una Elementary. District...

Emails cast doubt on claim of immigration visit to school

Oct. 31, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Emails cast fresh doubt on a recent claim that immigration officials visited a Nashville school asking for student records. In an Oct. 11 email among Nashville school officials obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, district chief of staff Hank Clay said...

Immigrant victimized by ICE forgery doesn't have to pay fees

Oct. 29, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday criticized the Justice Department for seeking legal fees from a Mexican immigrant who was the victim of a forgery by a government lawyer. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein on Tuesday denied the department's effort to make Ignacio Lanuza and his attorneys pay...

Nashville to end contract to house ICE immigrant detainees

Oct. 29, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The sheriff in Tennessee's largest city says his office will stop contracting to house detained immigrants for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Dec. 1, calling the issue a distraction. Nashville Sheriff Daron Hall's announcement Tuesday comes amid continued backlash from...

Minnesota clergy, ICE critics want bishop name off building

Oct. 28, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Clergy and immigration activists in Minnesota are trying to remove the name of a revered bishop from a federal building where hundreds of deportation orders are issued every year, calling the Trump administration's immigration crackdown an affront to his memory. The Bishop Henry Whipple...

ICE withdraws big fines for immigrants living in churches

Oct. 23, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reversing course months after threatening six-figure fines against immigrants taking sanctuary at churches. Seven women have been notified that ICE, using its discretion, is withdrawing its intent to pursue fines ranging from $300,000 and...

Harvard paper blasted for seeking immigration agency comment

Oct. 23, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

For student and professional journalists alike, it's a matter of ethical standards: The Harvard Crimson student newspaper, in its coverage of a campus protest against a federal immigration agency, reached out to the agency to ask for comment. To student activists, the request showed a disregard for students...

Feds detain ex Russian Olympic official in South Florida

Oct. 23, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former Russian Olympic Committee official who claimed his office was poisoned after being criticized by Russian President Vladimir Putin over preparations for the 2014 Winter Games has been arrested in Florida for an alleged immigration violation. Real estate developer Akhmed Bilalov, 48,...