Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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Indiana's two largest public universities are throwing their support behind a lawsuit challenging a new federal student visa policy from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

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Go to school in person this fall or leave the country. That's the message Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is sending to international college students with a new policy announced Monday, and it's leaving students scrambling to figure out their options.

Threats Of ICE Raids Impact Indiana Businesses

Jul 8, 2019

President Donald Trump has renewed his threat that raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, officers could start following the Fourth of July. Those threats have impacted Indiana businesses.

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In the past month, residents of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County have had several opportunities to examine what it means to be an engaged citizen.

The city held a meeting last week to try to explain more about a raid that arrested several people at a downtown restaurant to process them for deportation.

The county continues to struggle with its planning and zoning documents, in part because neither the citizens nor some county leaders seem to have done their homework.

And in the midst of all this, Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, our guest this weekon WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, is starting his own podcast – at least in part to teach listeners a little more about the inner workings of local government.

Indiana Restaurant Owner Deported

Apr 10, 2017
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It’s unclear when an Indiana restaurant owner who was deported to Mexico last week might be allowed to re-enter the United States.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Barbara Brosher reports Roberto Beristain’s case is pending in the federal court system.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say officers turned Roberto Beristain over to Mexican authorities who then took him to Juarez last week.

Attorney Adam Ansari is working as an advocate for the Beristain family.

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The family of a northern Indiana man is speaking out after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained him during a routine check-in last month.

Roberto Beristain owns a popular restaurant in St. Joseph County, has a driver’s license and pays taxes. He’s in custody because of an incident that happened more than 15 years ago.

Eddie’s Steak Shed is well-known in Northern Indiana. The small red building sits along a busy stretch of road in Granger. And people come here just as much for the friendly staff as they do for the steak.

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The Trump administration is laying out its plans for ramping up enforcement of illegal immigration.

Memos released Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security say the agency is changing the way it prioritizes people for deportation.

When people who’ve entered the country illegally are detained in the Midwest, some of them fly out of Indiana.

Authorities Warn Against Using Decorative Contact Lenses

Oct 27, 2014
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Federal authorities say if you‘re thinking about wearing those decorative contact lenses for Halloween, don‘t.

Federal police agencies have seized more than 20,000 pairs of the lenses on 74 different occasions this year.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Spokesperson Gail Montenegro says they‘re counterfeit lenses mostly imported from China.