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Trump unveils immigration and border security bill in Cabinet meeting

Trump unveils immigration and border security bill in Cabinet meetingU.S. President Donald Trump presented a bill to his Cabinet on Tuesday aimed at boosting border security and overhauling the current immigration system to make it more merit-based, a senior administration official said. The president will meet with Republican congressional leaders Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy later on Tuesday to map out a way forward, the official added, requesting anonymity. “The goal of this has been to unify the Republicans as much as possible around a plan,” he said, noting that divisions with the GOP over policy issues had hindered immigration reform bids in the past.



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ICE raids: Top immigration official admits he ‘does not know details’ of controversial arrests

ICE raids: Top immigration official admits he ‘does not know details’ of controversial arrestsThe acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services has said he does not have details about the ICE raids targeting undocumented immigrants, even though he has spoken about the operation in recent days.Ken Cuccinelli said during a CNN appearance on Monday he did “not have operational details”, including how many arrests were made during the operation that began on Sunday.Last week, Mr Cuccinelli discussed the operation and said there were approximately one million people in the US with removal orders.“I told you, I don't have details about any arrests that have taken place so far with respect to that operation,” Mr Cuccinelli said, explaining his lack of knowledge about specifics by saying “operational details are kept contained within the agency”.The raids were expected in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco.But, there were no reports of the raids in several cities, according to immigrant advocacy groups that are monitoring the situation.Mr Cucinelli’s agency is in charge of legal immigration, and it is left to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain undocumented immigrants for deportation.The US has conducted raids previously, including raids on workplaces where undocumented immigrants have allegedly been hired.Donald Trump's administration has overseen a spike in the number of those kinds of raids, compared to during the Obama administration.



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The Latest: Man killed at immigration jail shot many times

The Latest: Man killed at immigration jail shot many timesAuthorities say an armed man who threw incendiary devices at an immigration detention center in Washington state died of multiple gunshot wounds after four police officers opened fire. The Pierce County medical examiner’s office said Monday that 69-year-old Willem Van Spronsen of Vashon Island was killed Saturday morning outside the privately run Tacoma Northwest Detention Center. The shooting happened hours after a protest outside the facility, which is used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to hold migrants pending deportation proceedings.



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Man killed at Washington immigration jail shot many times

Man killed at Washington immigration jail shot many timesAuthorities say an armed man who threw incendiary devices at an immigration detention center in Washington state died of multiple gunshot wounds after four police officers opened fire. The Pierce County medical examiner’s office said Monday that Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of Vashon Island was killed Saturday morning outside the privately run Tacoma Northwest Detention Center. The detention center has also held immigration-seeking parents separated from their children under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, an effort meant to deter illegal immigration.



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Armed 69-year-old ‘antifascist’ shot dead after firebombing immigration centre

Armed 69-year-old ‘antifascist’ shot dead after firebombing immigration centreA rifle-armed 69-year-old has been fatally shot by the police after throwing incendiary devices at an immigration centre in Tacoma, WashingtonOfficers were called to the privately run prison at around 4am where the man, identified in local media as Willem Van Spronsen of Vashon Island, had set a vehicle alight with the explosives.He is also believed to have attempted to ignite a large propane tank outside the building.His target, the Tacoma Northwest Detention Centre, has long served as a holding facility for migrants as they are about to be deported.More recently it has also housed parents separated from their children at the border under Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy towards undocumented immigrants.The incident took place roughly six hours after a peaceful rally against deportations outside the centre.Officers confirmed Van Spronsen was shot dead at the scene, with all four attending officers discharging their weapons.He was described locally as a committed anarchist and antifascist. One friend of twenty years, Deb Bartley, told The Seattle Times she and others had received letters from him which read “just saying goodbye” along with what she described as a manifesto.She added: “I think this was a suicide. But then he was able to kind of do it in a way that spoke to his political beliefs… I know he went down there knowing he was going to die.”Van Spronsen is believed to have had previous run-ins with law enforcement at the detention centre.In 2018 he was reportedly among ten people to be taken in by police after occupying the perimeter of the site – with the then 68-year-old arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault for jumping on the back of an officer as he attempted to apprehend another activist.



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Man dead after attacking immigration detention facility in Washington state: police

Man dead after attacking immigration detention facility in Washington state: policeAn employee at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma reported one vehicle on fire and said the suspect was also attempting to ignite a large propane tank outside the facility, the Tacoma Police Department said in a statement. "This morning's attack at the ICE detention center in Tacoma was a horrific act of violence that has shaken us all," Washington Governor and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee wrote on Twitter. The Northwest Detention Center is privately operated by The GEO Group on behalf of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).



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Donald Trump says immigration raids across US will start on Sunday

Donald Trump says immigration raids across US will start on SundayThe head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said efforts to deport families with orders to leave the country will continue after an upcoming national sweep that president Donald Trump said would start Sunday. Matthew Albence, the agency's acting director, said targets were on an "accelerated docket" of immigration court cases for predominantly Central Americans who recently arrived at the US border in unprecedented numbers. Similar operations occurred in 2016 under president Barack Obama and in 2017 under Trump. "This family operation is nothing new," Albence said. "It's part of our day-to-day operations. We're trying to surge some additional resources to deal with this glut of cases that came out of the accelerated docket, but after this operation is over, these cases are still going to be viable cases that we'll be out there investigating and pursuing." The operation will target people with final deportation orders on 10 major court dockets, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami. Albence said that doesn't mean arrests will be limited to certain areas. Authorities will go where their investigations lead, even if it's five states away from where the case is filed. Trump said authorities were "focused on criminals as much as we can before we do anything else." The operation will target people with final deportation orders on 10 major court dockets Credit: AP "It starts on Sunday and they're going to take people out and they're going to bring them back to their countries or they're going to take criminals out, put them in prison, or put them in prison in the countries they came from." The operation further inflamed the political debate over immigration as Trump appeals to his base with a pledge to crack down on migrants and Democrats cast the president and his administration as inhumane for going after families. The Obama-era family operation in 2016 resulted in about 10% of those targeted being arrested, and the 2017 effort had a lower arrest rate, Albence said. Other operations that have targeted people with criminal arrest records have yielded arrests rates of about 30 per cent, aided by access to law enforcement databases. "If you have an individual that's been arrested for a criminal violation, you're going to have much more of an investigative footprint," Albence said. Administration officials have said they are targeting about 2,000 people, which would yield about 200 arrests based on previous crackdowns. Trump has said on Twitter that his agents plan to arrest millions of immigrants in the country illegally. It is highly unusual to announce an enforcement sting before it begins. The president postponed the effort once before after a phone call with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but immigration officials said it was also due in part to law enforcement concerns over officer safety because details had leaked. Chart: Illegal immigrants stopped in US-Mexico border states But they're pressing ahead with this one, even though the president and other administration officials have discussed the long-planned family operation for months. "Nothing to be secret about," Trump said. "If the word gets out, it gets out because hundreds of people know about it." The operation will target entire families that have been ordered removed, but some family may be separated if some members are in the country legally. Albence gave a hypothetical example of a father and child in the U.S. illegally but a mother who isn't "If the mother wants to return voluntarily on her own with the family, she'll have an opportunity to do so," he said. Families may be temporarily housed in hotels until they can be transferred to a detention center or deported. Marriott said it would not allow ICE to use its hotels for holding immigrants. If ICE runs out of space, it may be forced to separate some family members, Albence said. The government has limited space in its family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania. "If hotels or other places do not want to allow us to utilize that, it's almost forcing us into a situation where we're going to have to take one of the parents and put them in custody and separate them from the rest of their families," he said.



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Trump again claims that his immigration deal with Mexico included secret concessions

Trump again claims that his immigration deal with Mexico included secret concessionsTrump has sought to emphasize that claim since reports said that many aspects of the arrangement had been reached before the US threatened tariffs.



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Trump says nationwide immigration arrests to begin Sunday

Trump says nationwide immigration arrests to begin SundayThe head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said efforts to deport families with orders to leave the country will continue after an upcoming national sweep that President Donald Trump said would start Sunday. Matthew Albence, the agency’s acting director, said targets were on an “accelerated docket” of immigration court cases for predominantly Central Americans who recently arrived at the U.S. border in unprecedented numbers. “This family operation is nothing new,” Albence told The Associated Press.



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Thousands protest Trump immigration policies in Chicago

Thousands protest Trump immigration policies in ChicagoSeveral thousand protesters have marched through downtown Chicago to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies, including planned sweeps in several American cities, including Chicago, over the weekend. The protesters at Saturday’s march belted chants critical of President Donald Trump and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.



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