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Prosecutorial discretion rarely used in immigration cases

Washington, Apr 24 (EFE).- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rarely makes use of prosecutorial discretion to close immigration cases, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse said Thursday). ICE invoked prosecutorial discretion in only 6.7 percent of cases between October 2012 and March 2014, according to TRAC's analysis of official statistics.

Desperate families seek help against deportations, activist says

Los Angeles, Apr 21 (EFE).- A California immigrant rights group said Monday that deportations have led to a significant increase in the number of families turning up at its offices lately looking for help. The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA, received appeals from "desperate community advocates and families desperately seeking solutions to indefensible, cruel, and unjust immigration actions by the Obama Administration and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)," the organization's political director said in a statement.

U.S. to return painting stolen by Nazis to Poland

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Just days ahead of the release of a George Clooney film about the search for art plundered during World War Two, U.S. officials announced plans on Wednesday to repatriate to Poland a Johann Conrad Seekatz painting stolen by the Nazis. Officials declined to say more about the painting by the 18th century German artist, known for his military and landscape paintings, but said they hoped the film would bring more attention to art stolen during the war.

Administration: Info provided during health-care sign-up not used for immigration enforcement

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is stressing that information submitted while signing up for coverage under the new health care law will not be used to enforce immigration law. That's always been the practice, but lingering fear among some immigrants that personal details could be used against them led the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to clarify. In a memo released late Friday, the agency reiterated that it does not use information provided during the enrolment process to pursue civil immigration enforcement.

Director of U.S. immigration agency resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said on Monday he will step down at the end of July to go to the private sector after heading the agency for four years. "I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished together during that time and look with awe on the incredible progress ICE has made as an agency," ICE Director John Morton said in making the announcement in an internal message to employees that was made available to Reuters.

North Carolina community activist to be deported

Charlotte, North Carolina, May 1 (EFE).- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has decided to deport a community activist and coordinator of a Catholic youth group in North Carolina after her arrest on a minor traffic violation. ICE spokesman Vincent Picard confirmed on Wednesday to Efe that Mexican Fabiana Palomo Muñiz "does not quality for procedural discretion due to a previous deportation in 2003 and (her) illegal reentry into the country, which constitutes a federal crime."

US agency says average cost of immigrant detention $119 per day

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - A U.S. government agency caught in a political firestorm for releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants from detention because of budget concerns said on Thursday the cost of holding someone was more than six times that of alternative supervision methods.

U.S. releases hundreds of detained immigrants over budget concerns

WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - A U.S. government agency has released hundreds of illegal immigrants from detention due to budget uncertainties, as the "sequestration" budget cuts begin to bite. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has facilities that can detain up to 34,000 people around the country, released "several hundred" people while their deportation cases proceed, ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said.
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