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In immigration news: Ankle bracelets, Arpaio lawsuit fails, border surge continues



Mexican immigrants walk through the desert after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. A new pilot program by the Department of Homeland Security places ankle bracelets on some immigrants with the thinking that they will report back to immigration authorities.
Mexican immigrants walk through the desert after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. A new pilot program by the Department of Homeland Security places ankle bracelets on some immigrants with the thinking that they will report back to immigration authorities.
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GPS used to track some immigrants caught at border - Associated Press The Department of Homeland Security is trying out ankle bracelets on immigrants after they've been released from custody. The idea is to make sure they report back to immigration officials, according to a Immigration and Customs Enforcement document obtained by the AP.  The wire service also acquired an audio recording of a meeting between a DHS official and immigrant advocates, in which the official said about 70 percent of immigrant families in the country illegally did not report back to ICE. 

Arizona Sheriff Loses Bid to Block Obama on Immigration - Bloomberg A U.S. district court judge has thrown out a lawsuit by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in which he argued he was harmed by Obama's executive action because more immigrants arrested by his department would be protected from deportation, and end up committing more crimes.  The judge said in court Monday that "deferred-removal programs such as those Obama announced have been around since the 1970s and that much of Arpaio’s suit was a sweeping attack on administration policy, not a complaint focused on specific legal grievances."

Deliberation Could Fix Tech’s Immigration Problem - TechCrunch TechCrunch and the start-up ReframeIt surveyed TechCrunch readers to see how they feel about immigration reform. The takeaway is that once informed about different immigration programs H-1B visas — temporary visas for high-skilled workers — readers tended to support them.

Church Volunteers Say Immigrant Surge Will Continue - Texas Tribune This summer saw a surge in Central American migrant children and families illegally crossing into the Rio Grande Valley. Their numbers seem to dip in the fall, but immigration advocates say they're rising again. From the story: "The numbers increased a lot this past month, almost to 100 every day [last week],” said Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. “We have seen some that have already been caught and tried again. They have hope that they have a chance at a better life here.”'

Ahead Of Executive Action, Immigrant Families Celebrate Holidays - NBC News One family celebrates the freedoms they'll be able to enjoy having qualified for deportation deferrals under executive action. Some of the Arriazola children qualified for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, while mom and dad are eligible under a version of that program for parents.