Topic: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Latin America Monitor US shifts deportation focus to criminals, closing other illegal immigrant cases
Immigrants rights groups praise the Department of Homeland Security's plan to focus on deporting criminals, but critics say the diminished focus on non-criminal aliens is a 'backdoor amnesty.'
11/18/2011 12:51 pm
A recent federal illegal-immigrant crackdown has led to thousands of arrests, having profound implications for Hispanics – most of whom are in the United States legally.
10/28/2011 01:30 pm
From 1970 to 2010, more than 10 million Mexicans migrated to the US. Now, after decades of rising numbers immigrating to the US, a new demographic trend is playing out: illegal immigration is waning. The Department of Homeland Security said in a 2010 report that the number of immigrants residing unauthorized in the US, 62 percent of whom come from Mexico, has declined from a peak of 11.8 million in January of 2007 to 10.8 million in January of 2010. US Customs and Border Protection also released data showing that the number of those arrested trying to cross the border illegally is is down sharply – by 58 percent since fiscal year 2006. The Pew Hispanic Center, using Mexican government data, estimates that the number of Mexicans annually leaving Mexico for the US declined by 60 percent from 2006 to 2010. Many dispute the reason why. Here are four factors that play a role.
10/26/2011 04:23 pm
A bill introduced last week would give wealthy foreigners the right to live in the US in exchange for a $500,000 home purchase. The proposal comes at the same time the nation is actively closing its doors to foreigners who aren’t wealthy. Is this what America is all about?
10/25/2011 07:00 pm
Mexican President Felipe Calderon last week accused the US policy of deporting criminals into northern Mexico of fueling the criminal violence that is ravaging the country.
10/24/2011 10:32 am
A big drop in illegal immigration seems to be taking place along the US-Mexico border. Some attribute this to rising prosperity in Mexico, but other more influential factors are in play.
10/21/2011 10:11 am
Latin America Monitor Illegal immigration: Most illegal immigrants deported in 2010 were criminals – but what does that mean?
Illegal immigration: The Obama administration says that 55 percent of the nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants deported in 2010 had criminal records. Guest blogger Mike Allison says those numbers need further context.
10/19/2011 12:33 pm
The roundup of 2,901 illegal immigrants with substantial criminal records was the result of the widest net ever thrown by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
09/28/2011 05:21 pm
Latin America Monitor Drug tunnel found in Arizona, but it's no fancy, million-dollar underground corridor
In the era of narco-submarines and tanks, the tried and true tunnel remains popular, especially along Arizona's Mexican border. The latest reminds Douglas locals of the legendary one from 1990.
08/26/2011 10:03 am
The Obama administration says its new deportation policy will focus only on the worst criminals, not college kids and maids. But that could make the jobs of law enforcement – from local cops to federal agents – much more complicated.
08/19/2011 05:07 pm
The online enterprise, known as Dreamboard, rewarded a participant with greater access to child pornography whenever that participant provided new images of sexual abuse of young children.
08/03/2011 06:49 pm
US deported a record number of illegal immigrants for drunken driving and other traffic violations in 2010. The trend makes immigrant advocates furious and the get-tough crowd suspicious.
07/22/2011 06:21 pm
Mexico declared a major victory Tuesday when it arrested the leader of the La Familia drug gang and 50 of its members, calling the group finished after the arrests. But the deadly drug war in Mexico is far from over. Many experts expect the remaining La Familia members to join allied groups and for its territory to be absorbed by other traffickers. Here’s a look at Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels:
06/22/2011 04:36 pm
Enforcement-only immigration policies will further devastate immigrant communities, ravage labor-intensive agriculture, and take away countless jobs beyond the farm sector. If elected officials want US fruit and vegetable farms to survive, they need to implement smarter immigration reform.
06/02/2011 11:42 am
Social Security numbers plus altered passports used in plot to get California driver's licences for 200 illegal immigrants. Police arrest two, saying Social Security IDs came from Northern Marianas.
05/23/2011 03:50 am
Georgia's legislature passed a bill Thursday night giving law enforcement broader authority to verify immigrant status, a move inspired by an Arizona law that many Mexicans called 'racist.'
04/15/2011 01:14 pm
Young mom Marisol Valles Garcia was fired today from her job as police chief, after reportedly fleeing to the United States to escape death threats. Her predecessor was beheaded.
03/08/2011 03:54 pm
President Obama on Thursday laid out a plan to allow trucks from Mexico to carry goods into America. Concern about safety of Mexican trucks have nixed such transport for decades.
03/04/2011 01:20 pm
Ahead of today's visit, Mexican President Felipe Calderón said the US has not done its part to reduce arms trafficking and drug consumption, and lambasted US diplomats for leaked cables that called his security forces corrupt and uncoordinated.
03/03/2011 11:31 am
Even as Mexico's Felipe Calderón meets with President Obama at the White House Thursday in a demonstration of close bilateral ties, basic disagreements over the drug war persist.
03/03/2011 10:06 am
One of three guns fired in the Feb. 15 killing in Mexico of Immigration and Customs Special Agent Jaime Zapata was traced to a Texas weapons dealer.
03/02/2011 09:15 am
Project Southern Tempest netted 678 gang members connected to international drug syndicates. It's a sign that the US is trying to help in the war against Mexican cartels.
03/01/2011 04:44 pm
The Mexico drug gang known for its brutal tactics is the initial suspect in Tuesday's attack on two US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
02/18/2011 03:51 pm
A US federal agent for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Attache in Mexico City was shot and killed Tuesday, and another agent was wounded in an attack on their vehicle.
02/16/2011 07:21 am
The commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection sought to counter the widespread perception that security is deteriorating along the US-Mexico border with reams of data.
02/09/2011 05:30 pm