ICE sets record for arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record

Federal immigration agents under President Donald Trump have set a new record for arrests of undocumented immigrants who don’t have a criminal record, according to data released Thursday.

Under President Barack Obama, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents focused their efforts on arresting undocumented immigrants who had been convicted of crimes while living in the U.S. During Obama’s final month in office, 82 percent of people arrested by ICE had a criminal record, meaning just 18 percent of all arrests were of people who were simply undocumented and had committed no other crimes.

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George W. Bush calls immigration ‘a blessing,’ urges Washington to tone down rhetoric

Former President George W. Bush praised America’s immigrant roots and urged elected officials to change the country’s immigration laws.

“America’s elected representatives have a duty to regulate who comes in and when,” he said during a naturalization ceremony Monday in Texas. “In meeting this responsibility, it helps to remember that America’s immigrant history made us who we are. Amid all the complications of policy may we never forget that immigration is a blessing and a strength.”

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Supreme Court will take up immigration-related case next term

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear a case next term concerning Kansas’ prosecution of three undocumented immigrants for using stolen Social Security numbers in an effort to gain employment.

Those convictions were overturned when the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the federal immigration law at issue preempts a state from prosecuting undocumented immigrants, when the basis of the claim comes from information that has been culled from federal immigration forms.

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Immigration asylum-seekers have a constitutional right to appeal, says court

A federal appeals court in California ruled Thursday that migrants who fail the initial step to qualify for asylum in the U.S. should be able to fully appeal the rejection in U.S. courts.

Under U.S. law, migrants who don’t establish a “credible fear” of returning to their home country – a test by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers – now can appeal the decision to an immigration judge only on minor, technical grounds. In its decision, the appeals court concluded the law violates decades of judicial rulings granting constitutional protection to non-citizens.

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February had highest total of undocumented immigrants crossing U.S. border in 12 years

WASHINGTON — The number of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border last month was the highest total for February in 12 years, according to statistics released by Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday.

In 28 days, and in the same month President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to build a border wall, 76,103 immigrants without the needed documentation to enter the U.S. either presented themselves at legal ports of entry or were apprehended by Border Patrol between ports of entry.

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He exposed abuse at a Florida immigrant detention center. Now he’s in prison

Weeks after a documentary exposing injustices at a South Florida for-profit immigration detention center debuted at a national film festival, Claudio Rojas— the film’s inside source— was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miramar during his annual visa check-in, records show.

Records show Rojas remained detained at Krome detention center in South Miami-Dade as of Sunday. His attorneys say he was apprehended Wednesday without cause and is now facing immediate deportation.

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