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Hundreds arrested by US immigration officials in one of largest raids in a decade

Hundreds arrested by US immigration officials in one of largest raids in a decadeImmigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested nearly 300 people at a Texas tech company in one of the federal agency’s largest raids in a decade. The mass arrest reflects a push by Donald Trump’s administration to target companies employing people who federal authorities say are not allowed to be in the United States. About 200 law enforcement officials descended Wednesday on CVE Technology Group in Allen, a city about 15 miles northeast of Dallas. The technology repair company was employing people working in the US illegally, according to federal authorities, who did not release details on the approximately 280 people who were taken away on buses. Each will face deportation proceedings.In a statement, ICE said that it began auditing CVE employment documents after receiving tips that the business was knowingly hiring people not authorised to work in the country. Homeland Security Investigations, a division of ICE, began an audit in January of CVE records that confirmed hiring irregularities, according to the statement.“Businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens create an unfair advantage over their competing businesses,” ICE agent Katrina Berger said. “In addition, they take jobs away from U.S. citizens and legal residents, and they create an atmosphere poised for exploiting their illegal workforce.”But family members of CVE workers who were arrested say the raid was a heavy-handed tactic against people simply working to provide for their families.Valerie Trevino told the Dallas Morning News that her mother, Graciela Velazquez, moved from Mexico 25 years ago and has worked for the company for years. Ms Trevino said her mom does not have a criminal record.“It’s insane to just get people who are working to make a living,” she said. “They’ve done nothing wrong besides work. My mom’s worked her entire life here. So other than that, I mean what really is her crime?”The Texas raid was the latest in a series of high-profile busts of businesses around the country as part of an immigration crackdown under Mr Trump. Critics say the raids break up hard-working families and make it even harder for businesses to find employees in a tight labour market. ICE frequently touts the raids as major operations to break up criminal enterprises, but rarely releases names of the immigrants arrested, making it difficult to see what comes of their cases.The Associated Press contributed to this report



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Syria says air defence responds to Israeli raids

Syria says air defence responds to Israeli raidsSyrian air defences on Sunday responded to Israeli air raids in the south of the country, state news agency SANA reported quoting a military source. The air defence systems “prevented Israeli air strikes from achieving their objectives in the south” of the country, the report said without giving further details. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor, Rami Abdel Rahman, said the region targeted was south of Damascus near the Kisweh area.



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Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglect

Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglectRAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — On a cold winter's night earlier this month, a convoy of 10 Israeli armored jeeps drove into the heart of the West Bank city of Ramallah and parked in front of the Palestinian police headquarters.



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Israeli raids inside Syria since 2013

Israeli raids inside Syria since 2013Israel has carried out numerous raids inside war-torn Syria since 2013, targeting regime forces and their allies Iran and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah. In January 2013 Israeli planes hit a surface-to-air missile site and military complex near Damascus suspected of holding chemical agents, according to a US official. Israel later implicitly confirms the strike — its first since the start of the Syrian war in 2011.



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Air raids target rebel supply lines as deadly clashes hit Yemen's Hodeida

Air raids target rebel supply lines as deadly clashes hit Yemen's HodeidaA Saudi-led military coalition resumed air strikes against rebel supply lines around Hodeida on Sunday, two days after a UN envoy visited the lifeline Yemeni port city, pro-government military officials said. Five pro-government fighters were killed in the clashes with the Iran-aligned rebels and by landmines, the officials told AFP. The air strikes targeted convoys of rebel reinforcements at the northern entrance to Hodeida and south of the city, they said.



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Regime, Russia in fresh air raids on Syria's Idlib

Regime, Russia in fresh air raids on Syria's IdlibRegime and Russian aircraft pounded Syria’s last major rebel bastion of Idlib with missiles and barrel bombs on Sunday, killing at least two children, a monitor said. “Regime helicopters dropped more than 60 barrel bombs on the village of Hobait in Idlib’s southern countryside,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said. In the neighbouring province of Hama, Russian jets carried out more than 10 strikes on rebel positions in the village of Al-Latamneh, he said.



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Bombings and air raids kill 4 in Syria's rebel-held Idlib

Bombings and air raids kill 4 in Syria's rebel-held IdlibBEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government and Russian warplanes on Saturday targeted the southern edge of Idlib province in what activists described as the most intense airstrikes in weeks, ratcheting up military pressure on the densely populated rebel-held bastion.



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U.S., allies responsible for regional fallout of Syria raids: Iran

U.S., allies responsible for regional fallout of Syria raids: IranIran’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned the U.S.-led attacks on Syria and said Washington and its allies would bear responsibility for the consequences in the region and beyond, state media said. “Undoubtedly, the United States and its allies, which took military action against Syria despite the absence of any proven evidence … will assume the responsibility for the regional and trans-regional consequences of this adventurism,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state media. “Iran is opposed to the use of chemical weapons on the basis of religious, legal and ethical standards, while at the same time it … strongly condemns (using this) as an excuse to commit aggression against a sovereign state,” it added.



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FBI raids the office and hotel room of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

FBI raids the office and hotel room of Trump lawyer Michael CohenThe FBI on Monday raided the office and hotel room of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, a person with knowledge of the matter told NBC News.



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ICE Spokesman Quits, Bashes Trump Administration On Immigration Raids

ICE Spokesman Quits, Bashes Trump Administration On Immigration RaidsA spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Francisco resigned over the Trump administration’s handling of a recent immigrant raid in the Bay Area. James Schwab told the San Francisco Chronicle late Monday that administration officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump, grossly exaggerated the number of undocumented immigrants who avoided arrest after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tipped off the public days before the raid began on Feb. 25. “Efforts by local politicians have shielded removable criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and created another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect,” the agency said in a statement.



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