ICE arrests 280 at Texas firm, biggest immigration bust in a decade

More than 280 employees of a north Texas telecommunication repair company were arrested by federal immigration officials in the largest work site operation in more than a decade, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit executed criminal search warrants Wednesday at CVE Technology Group and four related businesses. CVE is based in Allen, about 25 miles north of Dallas.

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Castro unveils immigration platform, laying an early marker in the 2020 presidential contest

Democratic presidential Julián Castro sought Tuesday to lay down an early marker on immigration, releasing an extensive plan to address an issue that is sure to remain front and center through November 2020.

Castro’s People First Immigration Policy, which comes 10 months before the first votes are cast in the 2020 primary, offers a few ideas that are commonplace among Democratic candidates, like reversing President Donald Trump’s travel ban and providing a pathway to citizenship for people in the country illegally. But in many other areas, the proposal goes much farther than other contenders have gone, thrilling advocates who have been waiting to see which White House hopeful would be first out of the gate with such a detailed proposal.

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Pope Francis on immigration: Political leaders ‘risk becoming prisoners of the walls they build’

Pope Francis said on Sunday that political leaders who want walls and other barriers to keep migrants out “will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build.”

The pope made his comments to reporters aboard the plane returning from Morocco in response to a question about migration in general and about U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down the southern border with Mexico.

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The Trump Administration Asked To Restart Nearly 20,000 Suspended Immigration Cases — As It Faces An Existing Backlog

In the past two fiscal years, the Trump administration has requested restarting more than 18,000 deportation cases that immigration judges had suspended, according to statistics provided by the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees immigration courts.

Attorneys for Immigration and Customs Enforcement have sought the reactivation of more than 18,000 cases that were administratively closed — essentially pushed off the court’s docket — in the first two fiscal years of the administration. A small portion of those fiscal years includes the last few months of the Obama administration.

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Hundreds of activists protest Florida lawmakers’ secret immigration deal

Roughly 300 immigration activists flooded the halls of the Florida state Capitol building in Tallahassee on Tuesday to protest a secret immigration deal that would fast-track a bill they say would impose a new form of family separation.

Senate Bill 168, and its sister legislation HB 527 in the House, would prevent municipalities from designating themselves as sanctuary cities — despite the fact that no sanctuary cities currently exist in the state of Florida. Nearly every municipality already shares information with federal immigration authorities, but the new bill would require local law enforcement to comply with federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants for potential deportation proceedings. Immigration activists worry that the bill will incentivize racial profiling and fracture the fragile trust between immigrant communities and local police.

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Your Immigration Program Could Be Your Edge In Competing For STEM Talent

Over the last decade as a corporate immigration attorney in Silicon Valley, advising founders and venture-backed companies, I’ve seen that the battle for the world’s top STEM talent (irrespective of national origin) has been relentless. What can seed or series A–stage companies do to realistically compete for such top talent against some of the world’s largest and most recognized tech companies?

Focus internally on your immigration program. Build out a thorough immigration policy that reflects your company’s needs, and ensure that everyone who touches recruitment becomes intimately familiar with it and can speak with some basic level of understanding and compassion to foreign-born job applicants.

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