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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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October 8, 2005 | Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
A Senate committee on Friday approved the nomination of Julie L. Myers, a lawyer with no specific immigration experience, to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Myers' nomination, which ran into trouble in its early stages as both Republicans and Democrats questioned her credentials, comes amid criticism of the Bush administration for placing inexperienced political allies in key positions -- as epitomized by Michael D.
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May 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
Sixty illegal immigrants employed as contract workers at industrial plants -- including refineries, power plants and an air cargo facility -- were arrested as possible threats to national security, officials said Friday. The immigrants "had access to sensitive critical infrastructure locations and therefore pose a serious homeland security threat," said Michael J. Garcia, assistant secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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February 7, 2005 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Angry and frightened, the Riverside businessman was complaining that he was not allowed to board a flight to Pakistan in December. His story had a familiar ring for Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Southern California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations. Based in Anaheim, it is the largest chapter of the nation's most aggressive Islamic civil rights group. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept.
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January 26, 2005 | Solomon Moore, Times Staff Writer
A controversial plan to train clerks at the Los Angeles County jail to identify inmates who are illegal immigrants and turn them over to immigration officials was approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors. After hours of intense debate, the board voted 3 to 2 for the plan, the first time a California jailer has agreed to screen inmates for immigration violations.
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