[8 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]
Congressman Bennie Thompson introduces bill to prevent Daniela Vargas deportation

by Bob Burks
April 8, 2017
Courtesy  MSNewsNow
Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced a private bill to prevent the deportation of Daniela Vargas, a DACA recipient from Jackson, Mississippi.
Ms. Vargas was taken into custody last month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after participating in a public media event to protest the Trump Administration’s immigration policies.  She was released nine days later from a detention center in Louisiana but an order for her removal remains active.

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[13 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]
How much it costs ICE to deport an undocumented immigrant

April 11, 2017
by Octavio Blanco
Courtesy CNN Money
President Trump has said he wants to deport two to three million criminal undocumented immigrants. While it’s unclear where he got that figure from, achieving his goal won’t come cheap.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement is one of two agencies within the Department of Homeland Security that’s already playing a pivotal role in enacting Trump’s mission. One of ICE’s main jobs is to apprehend undocumented immigrants who have received their final deportation orders or who have failed to report to the agency as instructed.

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[10 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]
Undocumented victims of domestic violence weigh seeking help against risk of deportation

by Leighton Akio Woodhouse
March 29 2017
Courtesy The Intercept
M. AND HER former partner met in 2004 at the frozen food factory where they both worked in Los Angeles. Like M., he was an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. When they started going out, he was generous. M. had a son from a prior relationship, and her partner would bring food to her house, as if he cared for both of them. In retrospect, M. recalls, it seemed like an act.

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[10 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]
Undocumented husband of Indiana Trump supporter deported to Mexico

by Mayra Cuevas
April 6, 2017
Courtesy CNN

Helen Beristain voted for Donald Trump even though she is married to an undocumented immigrant.

In November, she thought Trump would deport only people with criminal records — people he called “bad hombres” — and that he would leave families intact.
“I don’t think ICE is out there to detain anyone and break families, no,” Beristain told CNN affiliate WSBT in March, shortly after her husband, Roberto Beristain was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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[28 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
Mississippi Governor Approves Outlawing of Sanctuary Cities

March 28, 2017
Courtesy Associated Press
Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law Monday banning sanctuary cities and other policies that might help people who have entered the country illegally, saying he wants Mississippi to help federal agencies arrest people without legal status.
Bryant, a longtime critic of illegal entry by immigrants, cited President Donald Trump’s executive order banning sanctuary cities when he signed the law. Since Trump’s order, some states added protections for immigrants while others moved to limit such communities.

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[10 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
Detained Mississippi immigrant released

March 10, 2017
A Mississippi immigrant who made national headlines when she was detained after speaking out a news conference has been released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.
Daniela Vargas, 22, was released Friday under an Order of Supervision from the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, Louisiana, according to her attorney, Abby Peterson with Elmore & Peterson Law Firm.
“We want to see her, we want to lay eyes on her,” the firm’s Nathan Elmore said of Vargas.