For years now, local police departments have been playing an increasingly pivotal role in enforcing federal immigration laws.
New York's Immigrations and Customs Enforcement field office has dramatically increased the number of women whose movements it is tracking via GPS-enabled ankle monitors this year, according to statistics provided to the Voice. In 2012 ICE only put 24 ankle monitors on women in New York; in 2013 t ... More >>
#452620278 / gettyimages.comBetween October 2013 and July 2014, 62,998 unaccompanied children crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, according to Customs and Border Protection. An estimated 10,000 of those children are being released to family members or sponsors in New York state, where they must appear b ... More >>
Wednesday marked the start of the "surge docket," expedited immigration hearings for unaccompanied minors from Central America caught crossing the Southern border since October of last year. The courtroom looked a little different on Friday: instead of children who crossed the border alone, undocume ... More >>
Immigrant detainees are routinely deported from New York State before all legal remedies have been exhausted, according to a report released this week by the New York University School of Law's Immigrant Rights Clinic and immigrant rights advocacy organization Families for Freedom.
Hussein Mohamed took a hard road to America. Born into a minority clan in a nation rife with ethnic conflict, the boyish 24-year-old with gangly limbs and intense brown eyes describes fleeing his village in Somalia in 2012 after gunmen threatened to kill him. Mohamed says he was forced to quit his j ... More >>
It isn't enough that the United States consumes nearly 23 percent of the world's old, chewed-up dinosaur bones. Nor was it enough for Hollywood to commission Jurassic Park sequels 2, 3, and 4. Clearly, one of us had to go steal a gen-u-ine dinosaur bones from Mongolia to satisfy our collective pre- ... More >>
Today Mayor Bloomberg will sign off on two hefty pieces of immigration legislation that will maintain New York's reputation as one of the most immigrant-friendly cities in the nation. The two laws, which passed 40-7 in City Council at the end of February, are a reaction to Secure Communities, the h ... More >>
As we've chronicled, there is a war going on between the labor union that represents Central Park horse-carriage drivers and animal rights activists who think keeping horses in midtown Manhattan is dangerous and inhumane.Now the activists are using illegal immigrants as PR ammo against the union.The ... More >>
Picking up press credentials at the Charlotte Convention Center yesterday, it was clear from the mob of journalists swarming the scene -- organizers estimate 15,000 -- that the scripted spectacle playing out inside the Democratic National Convention will be exhaustively covered. But there's plenty ... More >>
Despite having bullied a gay college freshman into committing suicide, Rutgers spy-cam creep Dharun Ravi won't be deported, immigration officials say.That, of course, is bullshit -- especially when you consider some of the other people (who didn't directly cause someone to kill himself) whom the fed ... More >>
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's Rose Garden announcement of a kind of DREAM Act-like executive branch workaround was hijacked by a "journalist" named Neil Munro of the conservative website the Daily Caller. (You know, Tucker Carlson's totally legit publication, which recently took traffic trolling ... More >>
One of the world's prominent peddlers of child smut was extradited to New Jersey over the weekend where he currently faces multiple counts of kiddie-porn-related crimes following what authorities are calling "the most successful child pornography investigation in the nation's history."The New Jersey ... More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court And President Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience
The federal informant the government doesn't want you to know about
A woman fights deportation Norma Cordon, 35, emigrated from Morales Izabal, Guatemala, in 1997, crossing the border with two small children in tow and, after paying thousands of dollars and facing numerous difficulties, she finally arrived in Newark, where she's lived for 10 years, El Dia ... More >>
Veniamin GonikmanVeniamin Gonikman, sought by U.S. immigration officials for trafficking in Eastern European girls and making them work in U.S. strip joints, was finally busted yesterday by ICE. Not that ICE really did anything but arrest him when he got off a plane at JFK that everyone knew he w ... More >>
And just like that, the Kafka novel ends. Pablo Airaldi, the subject of this week's cover profile, was scheduled for another deportation hearing this morning at Varick Street Immigration Court. He would've been escorted before the judge in shackles, a gaggle of his friends would've been the ... More >>
Meet New York bike-scene fixture Pablo Airaldi. He made friends with everyone—except ICE officials.
This week in the Voice, Camille Dodero profiles Pablo Airaldi, a New York bike messenger, fixture in the bike community, and legal permanent resident of the U.S. who's been detained indefinitely in New Jersey's Hudson County jail by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after pleading guil ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
A new study from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse shows what many immigration activists have suspected for some time: Federal raids against undocumented immigrants under the Obama administration are reaching the highs of the Bush administration in one agency, ... More >>
Brace yourself for the hotter, blonder, Russian Anna: Anna Fermanova. The new improved Anna attempted to smuggle high-tech night vision googles (worth $15,000 and considered weapons) from the United States to Russia, and she now faces a federal felony charge, according to The Smoking Gun. Not ver ... More >>
So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
This photo is irrelevant, but we feel it sets a certain mood for the story.You're going to love this. A smooth-operating Jersey madam revealed the details of her business to "an undercover Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent posing as a corrupt cop offering protection," according to the ... More >>
Rob Krentz's family speaks
Photos by Mizue Aizeki. There was a protest in Manhattan today over the detention of Jean Montrevil, a Haitian who has had a green card since 1986 but, owing to a drug conviction for which he served time in the 1990s, has been subject to supervision and was detained by U.S. Immigration authoritie ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose aggressive racial profiling, attempted intimidation of the press, and flashy abusive treatment of the prisoners under his supervision have made him a hero on the nativist right, says the feds are not the boss of him. Arpaio, who has carried out 11 "sweeps" of suspec ... More >>
Though Shyne was indeed scheduled to get out of prison yesterday, his reps told MTV News that the Brooklyn MC had instead been placed in the hands of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement "at an unspecified facility in Western New York State." Because god forbid we as a country harbor rapp ... More >>
Attention, immigrants: Report to the Office of Detention and Removal
One Pakistani man's personal journey enraged his traditional family
Much as he hates to admit it, Rudy loved (most of) those huddled masses
A unionizing battle and a hunt for illegal immigrants collide
Another kind of 9/11 victim, Narinder Singh spent more than five years locked up for no crime at all
Immigrants rally, counterprotesters react, and Al Jazeera takes it all in
With a brother in prison, Sanya Siraj sells books and hopes to remain in the country.
The government's determination to deport old-school rapper Slick Rick knows no bounds
In search of New York's most elusive drug
On April 11, the Voice wrote about Tauqir Zafar Rizvi, a Pakistani man detained on immigration charges. While Rizvi sat in the Hudson Correctional Facility in Hudson, New York, plans for his May 6 wedding in Jackson Heights--to an American citizen--were put on hold. On April 20, after 34 days in ... More >>
His Queens wedding plans in doubt, Tauqir Zafar Rizvi waits in immigrant detention
Recruiter on trial for selling IDs to enlist illegals
Bush makes war on the city's immigrant neighborhoods
U.S. is ousting a retiree too ill to travel
Detention Nightmare: Immigrant Agrees to Deportation, but Government Snafus Intervene
An Ailing Immigrant Wasted Away as a Federal Detainee
Claiming Special Circumstances, a Family Battles Deportation