(Jackson, MS-AP) – Immigration and Customs Enforcement is detaining 680 undocumented immigrants working illegally in Mississippi. Speaking today in Jackson, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Mike Hurst says ICE conducted raids at several food processing facilities across the state.
Hurst says the raids were planned a month ago and search warrants were executed at seven locations in six cities, setting a record for the number of ICE raids in a single state. Companies targeted include Peco foods and poultry producer Koch Foods.
Approximately three bus-loads of employees were taken to a military base for processing.
(AP) – Seventy current and former U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees are reportedly being investigated after inappropriate posts in a secret Facebook group.
Customs officials said the employees allegedly made jokes about dead migrants and made sexist comments about Latina Congresswomen.
Sixty-two of the employees in the probe are current employees and eight are former. Officials say so far, investigations into two employees have wrapped up and their cases have been handed over to CBP for disciplinary action. But, it’s unclear what kind of action they’ll face.
(Atlanta, Ga) – The arrest of rapper 21 Savage during Super Bowl Weekend made headlines all over the world. The Rapper who doesn’t have a criminal record was picked up by ICE and threatened with deportation for being an illegal immigrant in the U.S. but many are calling it an abuse of power and calling for the eradication of the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
21 Savage, born Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has been living in Atlanta Ga. since his family came over from England when he was 6. Now 26 and considered a dreamer, the government has been more than aware of his immigration status and his request for a new VISA that has been pending for a couple of years.
Nevertheless, he was picked up with no explanation by ICE…just the confirmation of “We’ve got Savage.”
Locked in a room by himself, while in custody 21 Savage missed his performance at the Grammys and most importantly was away from his three children, 2 sons and 1 daughter. Shéyaa’s children are U.S. citizens and he fears that there is a possibility that he may be deported. But even being a possible casualty of a system that rarely works as of late, 21 Savage didn’t condemn ICE but noted that the system is broken.
(AP) – Rapper 21 Savage is out on bond from federal immigration custody. His lawyer Alex Spiro spoke about the circumstances that led to his arrest and eventual release.
Spiro says, “The bottom line is ICE has said that it was a targeted operation. Whatever targeted means. Meaning if they were looking for any old immigrant or if they wanted to set an example with him. We don’t now yet. While he’s out here, we want his hearing. We want his freedom. “
U.S. authorities say the British citizen overstayed his work visa and has a felony conviction. The 26-year-old legally entered the U.S. in 2005 and his visa expired in July 2006. Savage was slated to perform at the Grammy Awards last Sunday but was forced to cancel. It’s unclear when a deportation hearing will be scheduled.
(AP) – Rapper 21 Savage believes Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is seeking revenge on him because he criticized the agency in some of his music. His team said in a statement yesterday that ICE has corrupt motives because of his song called A Lot, in which he condemns its treatment of children at the border.
The song was released just five days before ICE arrested Savage on claims that he is from the United Kingdom and overstayed his U.S. visa after coming to the states legally in 2005. His attorney said on Monday that the government knew about his immigration status because he had applied for a U-Visa in 2017, and was keeping him detained in an effort to get him to give up his right to stay in the U.S.
(AP) — Rapper 21 Savage’s attorney says Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is trying to intimidate him to get him to leave the United States. ICE arrested Savage on Sunday, alleging that he is from the United Kingdom and overstayed his visa after coming to the U.S. legally in 2005.
A lawyer not connected to 21 Savage gave his take on his situation.
His attorney, Charles Kuck, said in a statement yesterday that the government knew his immigration status because he applied for a U-Visa in 2017, but took no action against him until this past weekend. Kuck believes that ICE is keeping him in custody to try to get him to give up his right to fight to stay in America. He also said that Savage’s 2014 conviction on a federal drug charge may have played a role in his arrest, although the charge was expunged from his record last year.
(Diley, TX) – Representatives for the family of a young immigrant girl who died after staying at a detention center in Dilley, Texas says the girl was denied adequate medical attention after being detained by ICE.
Mariee Juarez died in May after she and her mom were released from the center. Attorneys at The Arnold and Porter law firm say she became ill while she was detained. She and her mom Yazmin arrived from Guatemala seeking asylum when she got sick.
(San Bernardino, CA-AP) – A woman who just gave birth to her fifth child is trying to free her husband after he was detained by ICE agents while driving her to the hospital. Joel Arrona-Lara pulled into a San Bernardino California gas station while taking his wife to the hospital on Wednesday. Two immigration agents confronted them.
The wife was able to provide identification but the husband could not and was taken into custody. Maria del Carmen Venegas was left at the gas station. She drove herself the rest of the way to the hospital before giving birth to the couple’s son by C-section. An ICE agent said Arrona-Lara is a citizen of Mexico living in the U.S. without documents.
(San Diego, CA) – The Trump administration is falling well short of meeting a deadline to reunite around 100 migrant children with their parents. Officials say 38 kids have been reunited with their families.
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw had concluded that 63 of the group of about 100 kids must be reunited by today’s deadline, noting the other cases were more complicated.
He said any failure in the effort must be documented in a written report by Thursday and discussed the following day in court. He said today’s deadline and the July 26th deadline for reunifying the three-thousand other kids “are firm deadlines,” not suggestions.
(San Diego, CA) – The government is looking for more time to reunite some of the immigrant families it separated. A federal court order gives the administration until Tuesday to reunite children under age five with their parents.
Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian said in a San Diego court Friday that they might need more time to track down dozens of immigrant parents who are no longer in their custody, including 19 who were already deported.
The government has until 5pm Saturday to provide the court with a list of the estimated 100 children.