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September 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Hundreds of suspected illegal immigrants arrested in Huntington Beach have been referred to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials since last year. The 262 people referred to ICE for detention and possible deportation from March 2007 to August 2008 had been arrested on suspicion of a variety of crimes, including burglary, assault and drunken driving. Virginia Kice, ICE spokeswoman, says local law enforcement agencies can contact federal authorities if they suspect an arrestee is an illegal immigrant.
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March 6, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Alarmed that abusive bosses are increasingly threatening to turn employees over to U.S. authorities when they complain about working conditions, state lawmakers and immigrant-rights advocates are calling for tougher laws to combat the practice. The tactic is used against low-wage, undocumented workers in California if they complain about not being paid what they're due or about unsafe working conditions, said Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina). He is chairman of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, which highlighted the issue at a hearing in the state Capitol on Wednesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through an ink-cartridge manufacturing plant in Van Nuys on Thursday in search of undocumented workers, authorities said. Agents raided Micro Solutions Enterprises in the 8200 block of Woodley Avenue about 3:30 p.m., half an hour after workers arrived for the evening shift, said ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice. Criminal warrants were served against current and former workers for charges of providing fraudulent employment information, Kice said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
It's not quite 4 a.m. on a Monday in late March when a handful of immigration agents gather in the parking lot of a Santa Clarita sheriff's station. For more than a month, agents have staked out a home a few blocks away. They have watched a man walk out the door at 4:45 a.m., get in his 2003 white Escalade, merge onto the 5 Freeway and head to work. "Like clockwork. Every day," Deputy Field Office Director David Marin says. The man is one of four targets the team plans to arrest this day as part of a national weeklong roundup of immigrants with criminal histories or prior deportation orders that ended last week with the detention of 3,168 people nationwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Immigration authorities this week arrested a Mexican citizen accused of killing a police officer in San Julian, Mexico, and have turned the man over to officials there. Authorities said Jaime Castaneda, 37, was living as a fugitive in an Inglewood apartment and had been running from the law for years. He allegedly killed San Julian police officer Francisco Gonzalez in 2004 and is wanted for a series of other crimes in both the United States and Mexico, said Virginia Kice of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2011 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
Ten suspected illegal immigrants were arrested Wednesday near Pacific Coast Highway after being dropped off by a smuggling boat along the coast northwest of Malibu, U.S. authorities said. The group was spotted about 4:30 a.m. just up the coast from the Los Angeles-Ventura county line, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A woman with a broken nose and a man with a broken leg were hospitalized, Kice said. The maritime smuggling attempt marks one of the northernmost forays by traffickers as they try to evade increased enforcement in San Diego County, where such activity has surged dramatically in recent years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2010 | Patrick J. McDonnell
Federal agents are investigating a suspected "drop house" in Reseda, where more than a dozen illegal immigrants, mostly Central Americans, were being held against their will, authorities said. Los Angeles police were called late Sunday to the single-story stucco home in the 7900 block of Newcastle Avenue after someone inside dialed 911 on a cellphone and reported that smugglers were not allowing anyone to leave, authorities said. Police freed 14 people Sunday and discovered two others hiding nearby Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
The man suspected of killing five people in a San Francisco home Friday was ordered to be deported six years ago, but remained in the United States when his native country of Vietnam refused to cooperate, authorities said Monday. Binh Thai Luc, 35, of San Francisco was arrested Sunday, two days after the bodies of three women and two men were discovered in an Ingleside district home. On Monday, officials revealed that Luc had been taken into U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in August 2006 after he completed an eight-year prison sentence for assault and attempted robbery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2011 | By Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Before dawn Tuesday, California National Guard troops spotted a suspected smuggling boat moving up the coast from San Diego. The boat had no lights and after about an hour, it headed for shore at Crystal Cove State Park, near Newport Beach in Orange County. In the rough surf, the small craft flipped, spilling its occupants into the ocean. No one was hurt. But federal customs authorities, working with the Guard troops, arrested 14 suspected illegal immigrants, all from Mexico; another immigrant escaped and remains at large.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
An alleged gang member accused of killing a 17-year-old high school student just one day after being released from jail has been living in the country illegally, possibly for more than a decade, federal immigration authorities said Saturday. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has filed paperwork naming 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza, the suspect in the March 2 killing of Los Angeles High School football star Jamiel Shaw Jr., as a potential candidate for deportation. Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for the immigration agency, said an immigration hold was issued for Espinoza on March 13, nearly a week after he was arrested in connection with Shaw's death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
The man suspected of killing five people in a San Francisco home Friday was ordered to be deported six years ago, but remained in the United States when his native country of Vietnam refused to cooperate, authorities said Monday. Binh Thai Luc, 35, of San Francisco was arrested Sunday, two days after the bodies of three women and two men were discovered in an Ingleside district home. On Monday, officials revealed that Luc had been taken into U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in August 2006 after he completed an eight-year prison sentence for assault and attempted robbery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2011 | By Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Before dawn Tuesday, California National Guard troops spotted a suspected smuggling boat moving up the coast from San Diego. The boat had no lights and after about an hour, it headed for shore at Crystal Cove State Park, near Newport Beach in Orange County. In the rough surf, the small craft flipped, spilling its occupants into the ocean. No one was hurt. But federal customs authorities, working with the Guard troops, arrested 14 suspected illegal immigrants, all from Mexico; another immigrant escaped and remains at large.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2011 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
Ten suspected illegal immigrants were arrested Wednesday near Pacific Coast Highway after being dropped off by a smuggling boat along the coast northwest of Malibu, U.S. authorities said. The group was spotted about 4:30 a.m. just up the coast from the Los Angeles-Ventura county line, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A woman with a broken nose and a man with a broken leg were hospitalized, Kice said. The maritime smuggling attempt marks one of the northernmost forays by traffickers as they try to evade increased enforcement in San Diego County, where such activity has surged dramatically in recent years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Federal agents found 37 suspected illegal immigrants, smuggled into the United States from six countries, crammed into a small house in Riverside where some had been held captive for weeks, authorities said Wednesday. Immigration agents raided the "drop house" after a relative of one of the captives called the Los Angeles Police Department. The caller told police the smugglers had threatened to kill his relative because the family failed to come up with enough money to pay for his release, according to Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2010 | Patrick J. McDonnell
Federal agents are investigating a suspected "drop house" in Reseda, where more than a dozen illegal immigrants, mostly Central Americans, were being held against their will, authorities said. Los Angeles police were called late Sunday to the single-story stucco home in the 7900 block of Newcastle Avenue after someone inside dialed 911 on a cellphone and reported that smugglers were not allowing anyone to leave, authorities said. Police freed 14 people Sunday and discovered two others hiding nearby Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Hundreds of suspected illegal immigrants arrested in Huntington Beach have been referred to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials since last year. The 262 people referred to ICE for detention and possible deportation from March 2007 to August 2008 had been arrested on suspicion of a variety of crimes, including burglary, assault and drunken driving. Virginia Kice, ICE spokeswoman, says local law enforcement agencies can contact federal authorities if they suspect an arrestee is an illegal immigrant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Federal agents found 37 suspected illegal immigrants, smuggled into the United States from six countries, crammed into a small house in Riverside where some had been held captive for weeks, authorities said Wednesday. Immigration agents raided the "drop house" after a relative of one of the captives called the Los Angeles Police Department. The caller told police the smugglers had threatened to kill his relative because the family failed to come up with enough money to pay for his release, according to Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Alarmed that abusive bosses are increasingly threatening to turn employees over to U.S. authorities when they complain about working conditions, state lawmakers and immigrant-rights advocates are calling for tougher laws to combat the practice. The tactic is used against low-wage, undocumented workers in California if they complain about not being paid what they're due or about unsafe working conditions, said Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina). He is chairman of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, which highlighted the issue at a hearing in the state Capitol on Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Immigration authorities this week arrested a Mexican citizen accused of killing a police officer in San Julian, Mexico, and have turned the man over to officials there. Authorities said Jaime Castaneda, 37, was living as a fugitive in an Inglewood apartment and had been running from the law for years. He allegedly killed San Julian police officer Francisco Gonzalez in 2004 and is wanted for a series of other crimes in both the United States and Mexico, said Virginia Kice of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
An alleged gang member accused of killing a 17-year-old high school student just one day after being released from jail has been living in the country illegally, possibly for more than a decade, federal immigration authorities said Saturday. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has filed paperwork naming 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza, the suspect in the March 2 killing of Los Angeles High School football star Jamiel Shaw Jr., as a potential candidate for deportation. Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for the immigration agency, said an immigration hold was issued for Espinoza on March 13, nearly a week after he was arrested in connection with Shaw's death.
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