United States Immigration and Customs enforcement does not keep track of how many veterans who have served in the U.S. military are deported. However, one former service member says the number rises into the thousands. He is a military veteran who was deported to Mexico who runs a home near Tijuana that he set up to support deported military veterans.
The United States Government has agreed to fork over damages and halt deportation and removal proceedings against a group of New Haven residents snared in a 2007 residential immigration raid. The government says the settlement in the immigration-related federal court litigation is not an admission of liability for the warrantless immigration raids that occurred in a predominantly Latino neighborhood on the Eastern Seaboard.
A federal appeals court has requested that the Obama administration clarify its policy on prosecutorial discretion in several individual deportation proceedings. The appellate rulings did not arise in cases here in Florida, but the unusual orders have caught the eye of many people interested in immigration issues nationwide.
Federal officials revealed Tuesday that the government is increasing its scrutiny on immigrants who overstay their visas. A senior official with the Department of Homeland Security says federal officials will be using a system that automatically checks multiple databases at the same time. Previously, investigators checked a person's immigration status by performing a series of manual checks of the individual databases complied by national security officials, immigration and law enforcement agencies to determine whether an immigrant has overstayed a visa.
A ten-term Democratic U.S. Congressman was arrested in front of the White House Tuesday. It is the second arrest in roughly 14 months for the U.S. Representative. Both arrests came while the Congressman was protesting near the White House regarding U.S. immigration issues.
A United States Army veteran and Reservist in the Navy is facing charges and potential deportation after a mishap while applying for a passport. The veteran is currently studying to be a nurse. The veteran thought he was born in the United States. He reportedly has a Florida birth certificate and a Social Security card.
The Obama Administration announced Tuesday that federal immigration agents rounded up 2,400 undocumented immigrants during a seven day nationwide sweep that occurred last month. The sweep netted arrests in every state of the union, including Florida, according to government officials. The nationwide immigration enforcement action, dubbed operation "Cross Check" reportedly was the largest operation of its kind to date.
This blog reported earlier this month that members of Congress have sought an investigation of the Secure Communities program from the Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General. On May 10, acting Inspector Charles K. Edwards reportedly responded that he plans to review the program to "determine the extent to which ICE uses the program to identify and remove dangerous criminal aliens from the United States."
It is down to the last day for the current session in Tallahassee. After heated debate throughout the session the Florida Senate Tuesday voted down an amendment that would have required all Florida businesses to participate in the federal employment verification program known as E-Verify, or risk fines if a worker was found to be an undocumented immigrant.
President Obama reportedly has held a second meeting in Washington to discuss immigration reform. Thursday the president met with a number of celebrities and members of Hispanic media programs. A dozen people were invited to the meeting in the White House Roosevelt Room.