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Immigration Deportations Down 10% in 2013

Almost 60% of the individuals deported from the United States in fiscal year 2013 had a criminal conviction, according to new statistics from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In the 12 months ending Sept. 30, ICE removed 368,644 people, representing a roughly 10% decrease over the previous fiscal year and the first year-over-year drop since President Barack Obama took office in 2008. Mexican ...

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ICE App Targets Fugitive Child Predators

A new smartphone app is designed to allow the public to help federal agents capture fugitive and unidentified child predator suspects. Tips can be reported anonymously at any time through the Operation Predator app, or by phone or online. At the app’s mid-September rollout, officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations said the new technology is the fir ...

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Report: Immigration Defendants Swelled Federal Caseloads

Federal criminal cases more than doubled from 1995 to 2010, fueled by a massive spike in the number of immigration defendants, according to a recent report. That 15-year period also brought an almost tripling of federal cases involving weapons offenses and a 54% increase in the number of drug defendants, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reported. In 2010, more than 100,600 defendants had their cr ...

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Recognizing and Protecting Yourself from Racial Profiling

Racial profiling has been a hot topic in the media lately, particularly as it pertains to the national debate around illegal immigration. In March 2013, at least nine federal lawsuits were filed against U.S. Customs and Border Protection, alleging the agency’s border patrol officers detained U.S. citizens for questioning on the basis of their race alone. The plaintiffs also claimed mistreatment of citizens ...

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