LOS ANGELES — For years, immigrants facing deportation have been allowed to stay in the U.S. provided they show up for regular check-ins with federal deportation agents and stay out of trouble. After a brief meeting, they’re usually told to return months later to check in again.
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By Amy Taxin The Associated Press
SANTA ANA, Calif. — U.S. immigration arrests increased nearly 40 per cent in early 2017 as newly emboldened agents under President Donald Trump detained more than 40,000 people suspected of being in the country illegally with a renewed focus on immigrants without criminal convictions.
WESTMINSTER, Calif. — On a quiet suburban California cul-de-sac where neighbours hang wind chimes and grow rose bushes, one three-bedroom house stood out. At night, dozens of cars swarmed outside. Groups of young women headed inside the fenced-off home dotted with security cameras. The next morning, the street was littered with syringes.
CHINO, Calif. — Leslie Van Houten stood before the California panel that would soon recommend her parole as a slight woman with shoulder-length grey hair, a wrinkled face and glasses, a far cry to from the rebellious teen she was when she joined the cult of Charles Manson more than 40 years ago and helped kill a wealthy grocer and his wife.
LOS ANGELES ‚An American man was told he could make $18,000 for marrying a Chinese woman who needed a green card, so he agreed to get hitched at a California wedding studio and then took an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas where he posed in photos with his new wife.