immigration & customs enforcement


Passengers on a US Delta flight were asked to show their papers

  • United States Customs and Border Protection agents requested that passengers on a flight from San Francisco to New York City on Wednesday night show identification upon landing at JFK airport. (Vice)
  • Two CBP agents — assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement — checked passengers’ identification as they exited a Delta flight in search of a legal immigrant who had received a deportation order after criminal convictions which included domestic assault, driving while impaired and violating a protective order. The person was not on the flight.
  • A CBP spokesperson told Rolling Stone such checks are “nothing new.” But Jordan Wells, a staff attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union, told the Washington Post it’s unusual for authorities to ask for the identification of each passenger. Read more (2/24/17 2:06 PM)

Congressman Luis Gutierrez had questions for ICE. Instead of answers, he got led out in handcuffs.

  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials handcuffed Democratic Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez after he refused to leave ICE’s Chicago offices on Monday.
  • Gutierrez was at the office with a group of lawmakers, community activists and immigration lawyers for a meeting with ICE about recent deportation cases. 
  • When the meeting concluded, Gutierrez and seven others felt that officials had not yet answered some of their most pressing questions and decided to stay until they did. Read more (3/14/17 9:12 PM)

Hobby Lobby forced to return 5,500 looted Iraqi artifacts

  • Arts and crafts retail giant Hobby Lobby has gotten itself into the middle of another massive controversy.
  • According to a statement on the Department of Justice’s website, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Bridget Rohde and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have reached a settlement with Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. for illegally purchasing over 5,500 Iraqi artifacts for $1.6 million. 
  • The artifacts were likely looted from archaeological sites or museums in Iraq during the chaos of the country’s 14 years of U.S. occupation and civil war, and shipped to the U.S. with falsified labels designating them as tile “samples.”
  • A massive black market in stolen archaeological and historical items has spawned in the wake of the United States’ 2003 overthrow of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s government. 
  • More recently, the Islamic State have likely sold a fortune in looted antiquities amid its years-long rampage throughout Iraq and Syria, raising troubling questions about who looted the cuneiforms in the first place. Read more (7/6/17)

ICE Raids in Austin: Activists rally after “unprecedented” immigration enforcement actions

  • AUSTIN, Texas – Local activists were standing up and fighting back in Austin after ongoing rumors of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in the city were confirmed Friday. 
  • Per KVUE, ICE detained 44 Mexican immigrants in Austin since Thursday — an “unprecedented” level of enforcement, according to local immigration advocates.
  • Protests formed Thursday and Friday evening outside the J.J. Pickle Federal Building in downtown Austin, where ICE was reportedly processing detainees, according to the Texas Observer. 
  • Another protest was held in North Austin near where a public ICE arrest took place Friday morning, documented in a viral video by El Mundo.
  • Eren Uribe arrived at the J.J. Pickle Building Friday in time to see ICE agents block protesters from four vans, which activists suspected contained immigrant detainees who had been nabbed and processed earlier that day, that were leaving the building. It was the first time she took part in a protest. Read more (2/11/17 8:17 PM)

Detained DACA recipient says ICE won’t allow him his wheelchair or medicine

  • Emmanuel Ayala Frutos, a 21-year-old currently held at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Tacoma, Washington, may not be getting the medical attention he needs, according to a blog post from the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.
  • According to Ian Philabaum, an immigrant rights advocate at Innovation Law Lab, ICE showed up to Frutos’ house early Sunday morning, without a warrant and said they were there to talk about his DACA status then detained him.
  • Mat dos Santos, legal director of the ACLU-OR, expressed concern that Frutos was not allowed to bring the medication he uses to control his bipolar diagnosis with him when being detained — or his wheelchair. Read more. (3/31/17, 12:01 PM)

A Trump voter’s undocumented husband was just deported to Mexico

  • Roberto Beristain, father of American citizens, Indiana business owner and husband of a woman who voted for Donald Trump, was deported to Mexico late Tuesday night for being an undocumented immigrant.
  • Beristain — who has a Social Security card, work permit and driver’s license — was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in March during one of his voluntary yearly check-ins, which allowed him to stay in the United States. And on Tuesday, officials went a step further by expelling him from the country.
  • The traumatic developments have changed his wife’s tune. “I wish I didn’t vote at all,” Helen Beristain told the South Bend Tribune after her husband’s detention in March. Read more. (4/6/2017 2:21 PM)

ICE (immigration and customs enforcement) checkpoints throughout Houston today spotted at
•I-10 @ Silber
•610 @ woodway
•59 @ bissonett
•along Preston Rd. in Pasadena
•along Center St in Deer Park

If you know anyone who could be affected by this please warn them.


Trump said he would only deport “bad hombres” — but noncriminal deportations have doubled

  • During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump distanced himself from accusations of rank xenophobia by insisting the only immigrants he wanted to send home were the criminals: the “murderers,” “rapists” and “bad hombres.” Few will be surprised to learn that’s not the case.
  • Under Trump so far, the number of immigrants arrested without a criminal record has more than doubled, according to numbers obtained by the Washington Post
  • From January to mid-March, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 5,441 “noncriminal” immigrants; arrests of immigrants with criminal backgrounds only rose 15% during that same time. Read more (4/17/18)

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ICE raids in New York City, nationwide inspire protests and fear

  • By rounding up immigrants in their homes and on the street, Trump is “merely” keeping his word, he tweeted early Sunday morning. 
  • Raids by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, especially in sanctuary cities like New York, have people rattled.
  • “Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!” the president wrote. It’s the “and others” part that’s especially worrisome.
  • A leaked memo from ICE said 40 “foreign nationals” were arrested between Monday and Friday in New York City alone. (PIX11 News)
  • Of those taken into custody, the memo allegedly said, nearly 95% had criminal convictions. Read more (2/12/17 11:32 AM)
Federal Judge Blocks U.S. Deportation Of Iraqis Nationwide

A district court judge in Michigan has blocked Immigration and Customs Enforcement from deporting any Iraqi national from the U.S. to Iraq for at least two weeks, expanding an order that initially applied only to immigrants in the Detroit area.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled late Monday that more than 1,400 Iraqis at risk of being deported from the U.S. could face “grave consequences” if they’re forced to return to their native country — and that the potential for irreparable harm outweighs the government’s interest in their immediate removal.

Goldsmith, who was named to the bench by President Obama in 2010, added, “the public interest is served by assuring that habeas rights are not lost before this Court can assess whether it has jurisdiction in this case.”

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Under Trump, US immigration arrests are up 38% from last year

  • More than 41,000 undocumented immigrants have been arrested in the 100 days since President Donald Trump issued executive orders ramping up enforcement of immigration procedures, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced in a Wednesday press release.
  • According to the agency, that number reflects an increase of 37.6% over data from the same period in 2016.
  • A reported 75% of the 41,000-plus individuals arrested in 2017 had criminal records, according to the agency, but noncriminal arrests also skyrocketed in 2017, reaching more than 10,800 (from about 4,200 in 2016). Read more (5/17/17)

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Two Rockville High students arrested for allegedly raping classmate at school
A 14-year-old girl was raped in a bathroom stall during the school day, police charge.

Police arrested two ninth-graders, Henry E. Sanchez, 18, and Jose O. Montano, 17, who appeared in court Friday and were ordered held without bond.

Sanchez, a native of Guatemala who arrived in the United States about seven months ago, has a pending “alien removal” case against him, court officials said Friday.

Montano has been in the United States for about eight months, MacVittie said. Details about Sanchez’s removal case, or Montano’s immigration status, couldn’t immediately be learned Friday.

Gboyinde Onijala, a schools spokeswoman, said she could not comment on why Sanchez and Montano are only in ninth grade.

TRUTH:  Public schools are prohibited from asking legal status upon enrollment.  Public schools DO NOT do criminal background checks upon enrollment.  Public schools get funding for the number of butts in the seats.  Feel safe?

Transgender rights, immigration protests set for NYC and Chicago as Trump actions sink in

  • This weekend, organizers in Chicago have planned a march to resist the lifting of transgender protections. 
  • In Queens, New York, protesters will rally against the Trump administration’s ongoing Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids.
  • Queens Stands Together Rally Sunday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. Eastern, MacDonald Park"
    • Let us come together in MacDonald Park united for freedom and equality against bigotry, intolerance and hate. Queens epitomizes the multiculturalism of America. Our diversity strengthens, enriches and enlightens. Many in the community are quite fearful with reason but resilient in the face of adversity.”
  • Queer and Trans Dance Party-Protest Sunday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m. — 10 p.m. Eastern, Fifth Avenue, between 55th and 56th streets
    • “This peaceful protest is a celebration of our diversity, our strength, and our love, a declaration that even in the darkest times, we can come together and DANCE in the face of tyranny.”
  • Chicago Stand Up for Transgender Rights Saturday, Feb. 25, 12 p.m. — 1 p.m. Central, at the intersection of Roscoe and Halsted streets
    • “The Trump administration continues on its path of intolerance and hate, and because of that we must all stand up together for all members of the trans community including those who consider themselves as gender non-conforming, cisgendered, bi-gendered, Two Spirit, intersex, cross-dressers, queer, non-binary, drag kings or queens, queer, questioning, as well as the GLB community. Trans folx of color are at particular risk due to the actions of the current administration. Minorities are at risk under this administration, and this is why we must unite, we must march!”
  • Chicago Latinxs Against Trump Protest Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m. Central, 55 North Michigan Avenue
    • “This protest is definitely open to ALL Latinos no matter where you are from. Chicago has a very large Latino community and we need to come out in solidarity with each other.” Read more (2/24/17 10:32 AM) 

Two ICE detainees have died in Georgia in the span of two days

  • Two people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have died in Georgia in the span of two days, the Atlanta Journal-Constitutionreported.
  • Atulkumar Babubhai Patel, a 58-year-old Indian national, died Tuesday of complications from congestive heart failure. He was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
  • On Monday, a Panamanian national named Jean Jimenez-Joseph, 27, was found unresponsive with a sheet wrapped around his neck at the Stewart Detention Center, a private correctional facility in Stewart County, Georgia, WRBL reported
  • Jimenez-Joseph was in solitary confinement when he died by apparent suicide. He’d been in isolation for 19 days. Read more (5/18/17)

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