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November 5, 2007 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Aggressive immigration enforcement has led to record numbers of detainees in California and around the nation, prompting the federal government to speed up deportations and increasingly rely on transfers and contracts with local jails and private companies. The detainee population jumped to nearly 27,900 nationwide in fiscal year 2007, up from about 19,700 the previous year, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
October 24, 2007 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys scrambled to locate their clients Tuesday after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement temporarily closed its detention center on Terminal Island and transferred more than 400 immigrant detainees to other facilities around the nation. ICE officials said they shut down the San Pedro Processing Center to conduct preventive maintenance on the facility, which would take at least one month to complete. The transfers began late last week and ended Monday, authorities said.
October 19, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
Government actions in a deportation case involving a Vietnamese refugee family in Santa Ana drew fire Thursday as political and community leaders accused immigration agents of intimidation. Agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency last week arrested the parents and brother of Tam Tran, a 24-year-old UCLA graduate who testified before Congress about the plight of undocumented immigrant students in May.
October 3, 2007 | Anna Gorman and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Federal officers in Southern California over the last two weeks have arrested more than 1,300 immigrants, most of whom either have criminal records or have failed to abide by deportation orders -- part of an intensifying but controversial effort across the nation to remove such violators. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which plans to announce the operation at a news conference in Los Angeles today, called the sweep the largest of its kind in the U.S.
August 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is looking into the death of Victor Arellano, a 23-year-old AIDS patient who died last month at a detention center in San Pedro. The agency referred the case to its Office of Professional Responsibility, a routine step whenever a detainee dies, said spokeswoman Virginia Kice. Arellano's family plans to file a wrongful-death claim against the U.S. government.
February 23, 2007 | Nicole Gaouette and Adam Schreck, Times Staff Writers
In a sweep across California and 16 other states, federal immigration officials descended on eateries such as the Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood on Wednesday and Thursday, arrested almost 200 illegal immigrants working for a janitorial company and filed criminal charges against the firm's top three officials.
November 18, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Federal officials have offered to assign a full-time immigration agent to the Costa Mesa City Jail to check the residency status of all inmates , a response to lobbying by the town's anti-illegal-immigration activists, including Mayor Allan Mansoor. The proposal, if accepted, would make Costa Mesa the only city in Orange or Los Angeles counties to have its own federal immigration agent stationed in a city jail, said Jim Hayes, a regional director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
November 7, 2006 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Jorge Guzman looked at the photograph of the Asian girl with concern and revulsion. The child looked about 8 years old. Her arms were tied together, and so were her legs, and a man was having sex with her. "There are some things in this world that are not meant to be seen," Guzman said. "This was one of them." Guzman makes his living looking at photographs like this, trolling the gutter of child pornography in cyberspace. He heads a computer forensics team of U.S.
October 10, 2006 | Joe Mozingo, Times Staff Writer
Years after he was stabbed in the back of the head on a bus, the mob violence and church burnings in his native Indonesia became too much for Raymond Soeoth. So he and his wife, Cindy, flew to California in 1999 and applied for asylum in the United States, claiming that as Chinese Christians they had been persecuted by their country's Muslim majority.
December 30, 2005 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Two Guatemalan men were charged Thursday with harboring illegal immigrants after federal authorities discovered 25 Central and South American migrants crowded inside a "drop house" near downtown Riverside. The migrants had been smuggled into the United States and were being held hostage until family members paid off their debts, authorities said. They had been held for more than a month and had been prevented from leaving by a deadbolt on an upstairs door and bars on the bedroom windows.
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