Texas AG's lawsuit claims Biden officials are breaking federal immigration law
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the Biden administration Tuesday, alleging that federal authorities are illegally declining to take custody of immigrants subject to deportation who are about to be released from Texas prisons. The result, Paxton argued, leaves Texas in a bind — forced to release "criminal aliens" or continue holding them in custody at taxpayer expense. "President Biden’s outright refusal to enforce the law is exacerbating an unprecedented border crisis," Paxton said in a statement. "By failing to take custody of criminal aliens and giving no explanation f...
Jay Ambrose: A crisis built on good intentions
When he was running for president in 2016, Donald Trump said he was going to build a 1,000-mile concrete wall, maybe 30 feet high, on the southern border, and that Mexico would pay for it. The idea, meant to halt gobs of illegal immigration, was outlandish, empty-headed and abandoned. Instead, Trump admired his success in almost completing 450 miles of a wall that wasn’t much of a wall and 200 miles shorter in length than a wall finished in the Obama years. The wall’s potency is doubted, but Trump did in fact fix things to the point that it took the election of President Joe Biden to institute...
Tribune News Service
As Biden immigration policies kick in, ICE releases man after three years in sanctuary in a church and detention center
SEATTLE — Watching people released from the Northwest detention center in Tacoma over the last month, Jose Robles said he waited for his turn. On Wednesday, it came. The Mexican immigrant who spent a year in sanctuary at a downtown Seattle church, then turned himself in and spent almost two years at the detention center, walked out of the facility. His hair grown long (but soon to be cut), he was greeted by his wife, two of his three daughters, a granddaughter and pastors of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, which sheltered him for a year. "I'm good!" Robles, 47, said by telephone from his Lakewood ...
The Seattle Times
Bay Area activists sue facial recognition firm claiming it snatched their identities (and perhaps yours)
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Facial recognition software company Clearview AI has appropriated the identities of billions of “unsuspecting” people from websites including social media platforms to sell to police, chilling the right to free speech and endangering immigrants and people of color, a new lawsuit claims. “Clearview also scrapes images of people that were uploaded without their knowledge or consent, including images posted by friends or relatives and even images of people who inadvertently appear in the backgrounds of photographs taken by strangers,” the suit filed Tuesday in Alameda County Su...
The Mercury News
Reunited: Honduran immigrant and father leaves sanctuary in St. Louis-area church
MAPLEWOOD, Mo. — After three years in a Maplewood church to avoid immediate deportation, Alex Garcia returned home to his wife and children Wednesday without fear of imminent separation while he petitions for permanent legal status. Garcia, a Honduran immigrant and father of five who has lived in the U.S. for 17 years, left Christ Church United Church of Christ where he has sought refuge from federal officials looking to enforce a deportation order stemming from his first entry into the U.S. in 2000. His departure, Garcia and his advocates said, follows orders from President Joe Biden to Immig...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Biden seeks to squelch trump immigration deals with states
President Joe Biden’s pledge to suspend deportations and relax other immigration rules has hit an obstacle in the form of federal-state agreements — alongside a lone deal with a North Carolina county sheriff — forged in the waning days of the Trump administration. The Biden administration is trying to scrap the arrangements, which experts say might not be legally binding. But the agreements have given some states a platform for protesting changes to Trump’s hard-line immigration stance. The Trump-era deals promised six months’ heads-up on federal immigration policy changes, meaning the states ...
Will Bunch: ICE 'Deep State' is blocking Biden's quest for justice for refugees
It was the kind of horror story that Americans had grown painfully used to reading during the four years of Donald Trump's presidency: More than 100 U.S. asylum seekers from strife-torn Haiti, suddenly deported across the U.S. border into the dangerous crime-ridden Mexican city of Suarez, including mothers who had no diapers for their babies and kids with no shoes on their feet. "Nobody was at the bridge to receive them," said Tania Guerrero, an immigration attorney from El Paso, Texas, who witnessed the midwinter dumping and described it to The Miami Herald. "They were just dropped there." Bu...
The Philadelphia Inquirer