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A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that prevented the Trump administration from ending the census headcount a month early. It did tell the Census Bureau to stick to a Dec. 31 deadline for delivering population totals to the White House, instead of the previous deadline of April 2021. The White House has said it wants to remove state-by-state tallies of undocumented immigrants from the totals before sending them to Congress. Missing that December deadline would put the census tallies in the hands of Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s administration, should he win the election. The New York Times
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ICE Begins Operation Against Sanctuary Jurisdictions
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Wednesday that its officers made 128 arrests in three California cities over five days in an attempt to target “sanctuary” jurisdictions. The arrests were made in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco between Sept. 28 and Oct. 2. in what acting Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf said was “phase one” of a wider operation. This was not a major increase in arrests, but it does mark a pointed effort to target jurisdictions that don’t cooperate with ICE. Last week, ICE began putting up billboards featuring immigrants the agency is targeting in Pennsylvania to turn public opinion against sanctuary jurisdictions there. The Washington Post
Pressley Demands Answers After ICE Agents Swarm Black Man
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) is calling on ICE to provide more information about an incident involving a Black man who was stopped by ICE agents while jogging Tuesday. Bena Apreala said he was jogging when two SUVs with tinted windows pulled up, with one blocking his path. He said the officers did not identify themselves as law enforcement before questioning him. “This incident has understandably left many in our community fearful of a potential uptick in ICE presence and a possible increase in ICE agents’ enforcement activities in unmarked vehicles,” she wrote in a letter. ICE said Apreala matched the description of a previously deported Haitian national whom ICE says is wanted on drug trafficking charges. WBUR
ICE Agents Can Begin Expedited Removal Proceedings
A new Department of Homeland Security policy will let ICE can now deport undocumented immigrants anywhere in the U.S. in as quickly as a day. Immigrants must immediately prove upon encountering an ICE agent that they’ve continuously been in the U.S. for at least two years or are living here legally. Deportation officers and ICE attorneys now have two weeks to complete new online training so they can use the new enforcement tool. Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, a policy analyst with the American Immigration Council, compared the policy to a “loaded gun.” Bloomberg Government
Border Patrol Raids No More Deaths Camp for 2nd Time Since the Summer
Border Patrol raided a camp belonging to the faith group No More Deaths near the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, its second raid on the group since the summer. The volunteers were released without charges. The federal government previously brought two trials against Scott Warren, a volunteer with the group. No More Deaths provides vital aid to migrants attempting to cross the border in Southern Arizona. Volunteers leave water jugs and lead search and rescue or recovery operations in the desert. The group has increasingly come under attack as nationalism and xenophobia has grown in the country. The Associated Press
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