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Immigration Digest, March 27-April 2: Secure Communities scrutinized

The controversy surrounding the federal government’s expanding program to identify and deport immigrants with criminal records that reared up in Chicago, issues surrounding an immigrant workforce — legal or otherwise — and the drop in the number of asylum seekers in the last decade were among the big immigration stories last week.

Criminal Justice

Wrongfully detained veteran gets $400k from immigration agency

This story also ran in the Los Angeles Times. A U.S. Army veteran who spent more than seven months in an immigration lock-up, despite his protestations that he was a naturalized American citizen, has received a $400,000 settlement and a written apology from the U.S. government. Rennison Vern Castillo, 33, of Lakewood, Wash., had sued

Criminal Justice

Former ICE intelligence chief is among immigration agents under investigation

This story also ran in the Washington Post. Several agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including the former head of the agency's intelligence office, are subjects of an internal inquiry into alleged personal misconduct, sources say. James M. Woosley, who was ICE's assistant director for intelligence, was relieved of his position, according to a

Feb 23, 2011
Border Patrol

Surge of Immigrants from India Baffles Border Officials in Texas

This story also ran in the Los Angeles Times. Thousands of immigrants from India have crossed into the United States illegally at the southern tip of Texas in the last year, part of a mysterious and rapidly growing human smuggling pipeline that is backing up court dockets, filling detention centers and triggering investigations. The immigrants,

Feb 6, 2011

Immigration Champions Brace for Republican House Plans

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa   Photo by Ryan J. Reilly/Flickr As Republicans assumed control of the House last week, immigration advocates and Democrats are bracing for what could be a painful two years, with looming battles in the courts, statehouses and on the Hill. President Obama has said he’s committed to an immigration law overhaul

Jan 11, 2011

Immigration Digest, Dec. 13-19: DREAM denied

After months of campaigning by immigrant advocacy groups and students, including a massive push leading up to Saturday’s U.S. Senate vote, a bill that would have offered a pathway toward legal status for hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants failed to leap a procedural hurdle, effectively killing the legislation.

Dec 22, 2010
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