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July 31, 2008 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Federal authorities are launching a pilot program next month to allow noncriminal illegal immigrants with final deportation orders to surrender rather than face possible arrest and detention. Two Southern California cities -- Santa Ana and San Diego -- are among five cities nationwide where immigrants can turn themselves in from Aug. 5 to Aug. 22. Certain immigrants who do so will be given up to 90 days before being required to leave the United States.
July 1, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
A Canadian immigrant living in Newport Beach was charged in federal court Monday in one of the largest Ecstasy-smuggling busts in the region, authorities said. Alexandru Sabau, 37, was taken into custody Friday by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after being intercepted near his apartment in the 9000 block of Residencia. Sabau was arrested as he arrived to meet with an informant to finalize a drug trade, authorities said.
June 8, 2008 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Yesenia Rangel, 12, looked out her window on a Friday morning in February and saw several officers with the letters "ICE" on their sleeves. Yesenia immediately called her neighbors to warn them that immigration officers were outside their Compton apartment building. Then she watched in tears as officers handcuffed her father and took him away. During the three weeks he was detained, Yesenia said, her schoolwork suffered and she could barely sleep.
April 10, 2008 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has asked the federal government to review its immigration enforcement priorities, warning that work-site raids on "non-exploitative" businesses could have "severe and lasting effects" on the local economy.
April 9, 2008 | Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
House Democrats on Tuesday accused the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Julie L. Myers, of trying to cover up events related to a Halloween party last year where she gave a prize for "most original" costume to an employee in blackface and prison garb.
February 29, 2008 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Federal authorities said Thursday they had dismantled a smuggling ring that brought hundreds of undocumented immigrants each month into Southern California, using private homes as "drop houses" and a 99-cent store as a staging ground. Authorities estimate the ringleaders may have grossed $6 million to $18 million annually transporting about 5,000 undocumented immigrants after they illegally crossed the border into Arizona.
February 15, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
Civil rights groups filed a petition in federal court Thursday seeking a restraining order against immigration officials who allegedly blocked workers detained in a raid at a Van Nuys manufacturing plant from consulting with their attorneys.
January 30, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
Two foreign nationals who said they were forcibly drugged by U.S. immigration officials during failed efforts to deport them have agreed to a settlement in the case, their attorney said Tuesday.
January 12, 2008 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
U.S. immigration officials will no longer sedate foreign nationals against their will without a federal court order, according to an internal memo dated Jan. 9. The government "may only involuntarily sedate an alien to facilitate removal where the Government has obtained a court order . . . " the memo read. "There are no exceptions to this policy. Emergency or exigent circumstances are not grounds for departures from this policy."
December 27, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
In the year since Costa Mesa became the first Southern California city to have a federal immigration officer at its jail full time, 360 people who were in the country illegally have been deported. The statistics cap a year in which illegal immigration has been a focus of the City Council. "I'm glad to see the federal government is helping us uphold the law.
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