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Controversial Acting Ice Director Tony Pham to Quit After 5 Months

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Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tony H. Pham will step down from office by the end of the year, citing personal reasons.

The Vietnamese American official replaced Matt Albence in the role in August, heading the enforcement agency in numerous operations that targeted illegal immigrants across the country — including “sanctuary” cities that supposedly protected them.

Man Who Helped Fight California Wildfires Sent to ICE for Deportation

Kao Saelee

Kao Saelee was supposed to be released last month after serving 22 years in prison, but he was transferred instead to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation, according to the Guardian.

Paying his debts to society: Saelee, who was jailed for a robbery case from his youth, not only served his sentence but also worked as an incarcerated firefighter for California in 2018 and 2019.

Trump Admin Walks Back Plan to Deport International Students Enrolled in Only Online Classes

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After sparking a series of lawsuits, the Trump administration backed out of its proposed visa policy that planned to deport international students enrolled only in online classes

What ICE intended to do: Last week, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that student visa holders whose courses are now entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic would be required to depart the country or transfer schools. 

Elderly Korean Man Kept in ICE Detention for Nearly 90 Days Allegedly Kills Himself


A 74-year-old South Korean man died of an apparent suicide inside his cell in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in California.

Choung Woong Ahn was found unresponsive inside his cell at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center in Bakersfield on Sunday, according to Associated Press. A team of advocates and attorneys were working on his release, pointing out the risk of him being infected with the coronavirus.

ICE Agents Let Sex Traffickers Go Free After Getting Hand Jobs From Asian Prostitutes

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Agents of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) — a division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — reportedly paid “Asian females” for handjobs in undercover operations that sought to combat sex trafficking in Mohave County, Arizona in 2018.

Within a five-month period that year, the agents, identified only as “Arturo” and “Sergio,” documented 17 sexual encounters with subjects working at eight massage parlors in the county, according to records obtained by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at Arizona State University (ASU).

Cambodian Refugees Who Escaped the Killing Fields Now Face Deportation from ICE

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Advocates representing Cambodian Americans and supporters from across the United States are protesting the recent arrest of two refugees who fled Cambodia decades ago.

Saman Pho, a 43-year-old construction worker and father of four from Oakland and Sakun Phok, a grandfather in San Jose, were reportedly ordered to report to U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement on Sansome Street on Thursday morning. 

ICE Finally Releases Asian Trans Man Kept in Solitary Confinement for 19 Months

A transgender man from Hong Kong, who has been kept in solitary confinement in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Georgia, has finally been released. 

Yuen Tzu, also known as Chin, was taken out of solitary confinement in the facility in Irwin on July 16 and relocated to an ICE detention center in Dallas. Chin is now sharing a cell with a roommate, according to National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance executive director Glenn D. Magpantay. 

Japanese American Running ICE Detention Center Had Mother Born in a U.S. Concentration Camp

President Donald Trump’s order for deportation raids reportedly commenced last weekend, vowing to send at least 2,000 undocumented immigrants in 10 major cities back to their original countries.

The move, which has since incited fears of breaking families apart, has also put Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities under public scrutiny, especially with its current record-high population of more than 52,000.