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Border Patrol

Border agency’s rapid growth accompanied by rise in corruption

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


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.

Apr 6, 2011
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

Feb 24, 2011
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
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