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Behind the rising deportations of 'criminals'

In his immigration speech, President Obama said “deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.” But an independent analysis of deportation data found the increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals “whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation.”... Read more»2

Undocumented woman marks 100 days in sanctuary in Tucson church

For 100 days, Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto has stayed on the grounds of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, waiting and hoping for some reprieve from the deportation order that sent her into sanctuary in August. Supporters and faith leaders marked the stretch of time Saturday morning.... Read more»6

Faith groups announce nat'l coalition to support sanctuary movement

Reinvigorated by two recent sanctuary cases at Tucson's Southside Presbyterian Church, a sanctuary movement is once again offering refuge to people subject to deportation. Faith leaders announced Wednesday that 24 congregations across the country are part of the effort to shelter undocumented immigrants from officials... Read more»

ICE director leaving post in July

The director who has overseen U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during a period of increased deportations is resigning from his post. John Morton, who has been in charge of the chief investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security since his confirmation in 2009, will return to the private sector at the end of July.... Read more»

ICE director defends release of illegal immigrants

The director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement defended the decision to release more than 2,000 illegal immigrants last month, saying it was needed to keep the agency within budget. But John Morton conceded that eight high-risk inmates were mistakenly released.... Read more»1

Police take wait-and-see stance after immigration pact ends

Arizona police agencies said the loss of 287(g) state-federal partnerships might not be the critical blow to immigration law enforcement that some had feared.... Read more»

‘Prosecutorial discretion’ barely dents immigration case backlog

A year after federal officials announced a program of “prosecutorial discretion” aimed at reducing nearly 300,000 pending immigration cases, only 1.5 percent of the backlogged cases have been closed.... Read more»

34 arrested in Az in ICE sweep of criminals

Federal immigration officials arrested 64 criminals in Arizona, including six in Tucson, as part of a nationwide, six-day sweep that netted more than 3,100 people in the country illegally.... Read more»

ICE arrests more than 3,100 in 6-day operation

More than 3,100 people were arrested during a six-day immigration operation targeting fugitives, immigration violators and criminal aliens.... Read more»

Judges demand prosecutors’ plans in immigration cases

A federal appeals court has taken what some attorneys called the unprecedented step of demanding to know if the government plans to prosecute seven illegal immigrants who have no other criminal record. ... Read more»

ICE reports record number of removals from U.S.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed a record number of people from the United States during the 2011 fiscal year, the agency announced Tuesday.... Read more»4

New deportation policy hasn't trickled down to BP

In June, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced it was urging prosecutors to use discretion when placing illegal immigrants in deportation proceedings, but Border Patrol is still detaining those covered by the directive.... Read more»

Journalist’s story highlights patchwork of immigration laws

In a first-person story this week, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas confessed his status as an undocumented immigrant, bringing renewed attention to the ever-simmering, never-solved issue of immigration reform. The account is garnering plenty of attention—and scrutiny—for Vargas.... Read more»3