WHAT: In 168 U.S. cities, from December to February immigration agents teamed with state and local authorities to arrest 678 suspected street gang members connected to Mexico’s violent drug-smuggling cartels.HOW: Members of 133 gangs were arrested and 447 of the suspects are now facing criminal charges. Another 231 people were held on administrative charges of illegal immigration.
There were more than a few hiccups along the way, but Immigrations and Customs Enforcement announced Friday that they are now connected to every county in California through the Secure Communities fingerprint identification program. Read More
Federal immigration officials hastily changed their opt-out policies after officials from San Francisco and other counties actually took them up on the assurance that they could not participate in a controversial program to identify illegal immigrants. Read More
San Francisco reported at least 19 suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities after the suspects were put in jail for low-level crimes such as public intoxication and trespassing in the two months after the implementation of a controversial federal monitoring program. Read More
We know one thing for sure about the fight over Arizona's new immigration law. Civil-rights groups will file a lawsuit trying to kill the law and will ask a federal judge to issue an injunction to keep it from taking effect as scheduled this summer. What we don't know is how those proceedings will be affected by the Obama Justice Department, which is contemplating the highly unusual step of filing its own suit against the state of Arizona. Read More
At least four storefronts near Fisherman’s Wharf known by neighboring stores for luring customers with cheap, fake Louis Vuitton handbags and other accessories are closed for business after federal agents bagged their inventory.
In the middle of the day Wednesday, neighboring store employees watched U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement cars and trucks fill the intersection of Beach and Taylor streets to confiscate scarves, handbags and other fashion accessories. Read More