This story also appeared in the Los Angeles Times. A sun-faded homeland security sign awaits motorists as they enter the United States from Mexico at the border in San Ysidro, California. Image courtesy Mike Blake/Reuters When Luis Alarid was a child, his mother would seat him in the car while she smuggled people
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.
In a stinging rebuke of the White House, Washington politicians and federal agencies, a former Obama administration official slams in a law journal the federal government for its inaction on immigration reform and tougher-than-ever enforcement.
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
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
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,
Obama ditches costly virtual border fence, a possible Republican rift on immigration reform and a legal challenge to local immigration enforcement were among the top stories of the week.
With the seating of the new Congress came the expected, a surprise and tragedy.