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Another Immigrant Dies in ICE Jail; 6th in FY12

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — "A Mexican national in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) passed away Sunday morning at Victor Valley Community Hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for pneumonia. Fernando Dominguez-Valivia, 58, originally came into ICE...

Father of Five Dies in Arizona Desert after Being Deported

"A Vista man died along the U.S. border with Mexico last month trying to return to his family after being deported. The body of Alfonso Martinez Sanchez, 39, was found on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, his family and authorities said. The reservation stretches along the Arizona...

Another Cross-Border Shooting Death by U.S. Border Patrol?

"Guillermo Arévalo Pedroza was on the bank of the Rio Grande with his youngest daughter when the bullets started flying Monday night, his wife said. After he was hit, the 9-year-old girl wrapped her arms around him. Nora Isabel Lam Gallegos, 26, said she, Arévalo, a 36-year-old construction...

Another Cross-Border Shooting Death on Arizona - Mexico Border

"A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a teenager in Nogales, Sonora, late Wednesday night after being shelled with rocks near the border fence. The Sonora State Investigative Police identified the fallen suspect as 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodríguez of Nogales, Sonora."...

Details Emerge, Questions Remain in Texas 'Rain of Death' Investigation

"Texas law enforcement agents were close enough to a pickup truck to see it was carrying people, not drugs, before one opened fire, killing two Guatemalan immigrants hiding under a cover in the vehicle's bed, a diplomat said Tuesday. Texas Department of Public Safety officials have said the...

Border D.A. Asks for Halt to 'Rain of Death'

"The Hidalgo County district attorney has asked the Texas Department of Public safety to temporarily suspend its practice of using airborne sharpshooters to disable vehicles suspected of criminal activity. Last week, two immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally were killed by a state...

FBI to Review Texas 'Rain of Death' Shooting; DPS Chase Stats Appalling

"The Texas DPS chief on Friday asked federal agents to review the deaths of two Guatemalan immigrants, killed last week when a state trooper opened fire on a smuggling vehicle near La Joya. The Texas Rangers will hand over their investigation to federal agents upon completion, according to Texas...

Texas Helicopter Shooting Deaths: Excessive Use of Force

"Was it right for a Texas Department of Public Safety employee to shoot at a pick-up truck [from a helicopter,] resulting in the deaths of two undocumented immigrants? Was it a reasonable use of police force? Under the doctrine of proportionality, law enforcement officers are required to use only...

Texas Jettisons 'Rain of Death' Helicopter Policy

"Four months after a helicopter-borne Texas Department of Public Safety trooper mistakenly shot and killed two immigrants in the back of a fleeing pickup near the Mexican border, the agency has banned shooting from helicopters in similar scenarios. DPS Director Steve McCraw told members of the...

Lawsuit Claims Woman’s Deportation Was a Death Sentence

"The U.S. government deported 387,790 people in 2009, one of them a frightened 22-year-old victim of domestic abuse known, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday [June 5, 2013,] as “Laura S.” Despite having a restraining order against her abusive ex-boyfriend—she warned immigration agents...

Immigration Judge: Death Penalty Cases in a Traffic Court Setting

"What many Americans are just beginning to realize is that a high-stakes drama is being played out in a courtroom near them right now. Not only is this storyline nonfiction, but it often involves life and death consequences. The courtrooms are located in our nation's 58 immigration courts, whose...

Mother of Slain Mexican Teen Sues Border Patrol, Seeks Trial in Shooting Death of Her Son

"Araceli Rodriguez, the mother of slain Mexican teen Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, filed a federal lawsuit today in Arizona to pursue justice for her son, who was killed nearly two years ago by U.S. Border Patrol agents, identified only as John Does in the lawsuit. She is demanding a jury hear evidence...

Crossing Alone: An Untimely Death Without Explanation

"Gloria Jerónimo Sales cried softly in an autumn rain as she gently wiped splatters of mud from her 17-year-old son's tomb. Mario Morales Jerónimo died in the custody of U.S. government officials nearly three years ago, but his mother said she has received no official word of his...

Mysterious Deaths Sparks Hunger Strike at Arizona Immigration Jail (Eloy)

"A group of 200 immigrant detainees launched a hunger strike at Eloy Detention Center outside Phoenix Saturday morning to protest a detainee's death last month and call attention to conditions at the facility, said immigrant rights activists and detainees' families. Last month's death...

Border Patrol Agent Indicted for Cross-Border Shooting Death of Mexican Teen

Tucson Sentinel, Sept. 24, 2015 - "Nearly three years after a 2012 shooting in Nogales, the U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired through the border fence and killed 16-year old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury . Agent Lonnie Swartz will be charged with...

Nov. 18, 2015 Policy Memo: Approval of a Spousal Immediate Relative Visa Petition under INA Sec. 204(l) after the Death of a U.S. Citizen Petitioner

USCIS, Nov. 18, 2015 - "The Policy Memorandum (PM) revises chapter 10.21(a), (b), (c)(2) and the last paragraph of (c)(5) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) to implement the decision in Williams v. DHS Secretary, 741 F.3d 1228 (11th Cir. 2014) for all spousal immediate relative visa petitions...