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San Francisco's First Female Sheriff Plans to Improve Ties in Criminal Justice System

November 5, 2015
San Francisco elected its first female sheriff on Tuesday: Vicki Hennessy, a city native who pledged to work with the whole criminal justice system — including the police, the district attorney's office and federal immigration officials — to build better relationships.

FLEOA Slams Senate for Failure to Pass Sanctuary City Bill

October 20, 2015
Today the Senate rejected a bill that would have authorized withholding federal funding from "sanctuary city" governments that choose not to cooperate with federal immigration officials. Don Mihalek, Legislative Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), issued the following response.

Video: Slain Officers' Names in New Immigration Bill

September 29, 2015
Two California law enforcement officers who were murdered by an illegal immigrant are being honored with a new bill that aims to increase collaboration among local, state, and federal officials in the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

San Francisco Killing Sparks National Outrage, Likely Political Fallout

July 6, 2015
The barrage of outraged tweets from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump decrying the shocking San Francisco slaying of 32-year old Kathryn Steinle signals the start of what may be an intense immigration debate with potential fallout in California, home to the nation's largest undocumented population.

Bills to Strengthen Immigration Enforcement Introduced in House

March 3, 2015
Four bills that would strengthen interior enforcement of immigration laws; remove the ability of the President to unilaterally shut down immigration enforcement; ensure jobs are preserved for legal workers; reform the United States’ asylum laws and make sure unaccompanied alien minors who make the dangerous trek to the United States are safely returned home have been introduced in the House.

Border Patrol Revamps Practices to Settle Lawsuit

August 28, 2014
U.S. immigration authorities must revamp their practices to ensure Mexicans accused of living in the country illegally are properly informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge, according to a lawsuit settlement made public Wednesday.

LAPD Stops Honoring Some Federal Immigration Detention Requests

July 8, 2014
The Los Angeles Police Department is no longer heeding federal immigration requests to hold inmates who might be deportable past their jail terms unless a judge has vetted the request, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday alongside a cheering crowd of immigrant advocates.

Immigration Bill Would Add 20,000 Border Patrol Agents

June 24, 2013
The U.S. Senate voted 67-27 Monday to add a security provision to bipartisan immigration legislation that would add 20,000 Border Patrol agents and provide funding for additional fencing and surveillance technology.

A Path to Citizenship for Gangs and Terrorists

June 24, 2013
In April, I joined many other local, state, and federal law enforcement experts in Washington D.C. to voice opposition to the flawed amnesty bill misnamed as "The Border Security, Economic, Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act."

Sheriff Joe Suspends Immigration Enforcement

June 7, 2013
Joe Arpaio, the sheriff for Maricopa County and metropolitan Phoenix, has temporarily suspended all his immigration efforts after a federal judge concluded two weeks ago that the sheriff's office had racially profiled Latinos in its patrols.

Judge Blocks Provisions of Ind. Immigration Law

March 29, 2013
A federal judge on Friday permanently blocked Indiana from enforcing two key provisions of the state's immigration law, including one she said could have led to "serious abuses" by police.

Immigration Detainee Release Blamed on Sequester

February 28, 2013
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have released "several hundred" immigrants from deportation centers across the country, saying the move is an effort to cut costs ahead of budget cuts due to hit later this week.

Calif. AG To Police: Ignore Federal Immigration Detainers

December 7, 2012
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris told local law enforcement agencies Tuesday that they were not obligated to comply with a federal program whose stated goal is to deport illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes.

Sheriff Arpaio Elected To Sixth Term

November 7, 2012
Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio won a sixth term Tuesday in what was his closest race. Arpaio defeated challenger Paul Penzone, a veteran Phoenix Police officer, and Mike Stauffer, a Scottsdale Police lieutenant.

ICE Chief of Staff Resigns Amid Sex Misconduct Claims

September 4, 2012
Suzanne Barr, chief of staff to ICE Director John Morton, said in her resignation letter that the allegations against her are "unfounded." But she said she was stepping down anyway to end distractions within the agency.

Immigration Checks

August 2, 2012

Under what circumstances is it permissible to inquire into a person's immigration status? The Supreme Court has addressed this question in several opinions, most recently in its 2012 decision reviewing Arizona's immigration statutes.

Report: Mexican Immigration Wave Has Ended

April 24, 2012
The largest wave of immigration from a single county to the United States has reached a statistical standstill, as the net migration flow from Mexico has stopped, according to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center.

ICE Arrests 3,100 In Nationwide Sweep

April 2, 2012
Federal immigration agents arrested more than 3,100 illegal immigrants during a six-day nationwide sweep aimed at convicted aliens, fugitives and other violators. The "Cross Check" enforcement operation was conducted in every state, involved more than 1,900 agents, and netted more than 1,000 people with multiple convictions.

Ariz. Officers Turn In Federal Immigration Badges

December 22, 2011
Ninety-two Maricopa County jail officers turned in their ICE badges on Wednesday afternoon in front of Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a news conference.

Hacker Group Attacks Texas Cops' E-mail

September 2, 2011
The group known as Anonymous claims to have hacked into the email accounts of more than two dozen Texas law enforcement agencies or officials in retaliation for arrests of its supporters and what it sees as harassment of immigrants by authorities in the state, the Associated Press is reporting.
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