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Local authorities in Washington will be barred from asking about someone’s immigration status under a new “sanctuary” policy that expands similar requirements already in place for state agencies.

Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, signed the measure Wednesday, which puts his state in line with California and Oregon as having some of the nation’s strongest sanctuary policies, The Associated Press reported.

“Our state agencies are not immigration enforcement agencies,” said Inslee, who also is running for president. “We will not be complicit in the Trump administration’s depraved efforts to break up hard-working immigrant and refugee families.”

FLORIDA LEGISLATURE PASSES GOP BAN ON SANCTUARY-CITY POLICIES; DESANTIS EXPECTED TO SIGN INTO LAW

Under the new rules, police officers will not be able to ask about someone’s immigration status except in limited circumstances. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be tasked with drawing up rules for courthouses, hospitals and government-run facilities where federal immigration officials look for illegal immigrants.

Republican state Sen. Phil Fortunato said the law impedes police efforts to deal with people living in the country illegally.

“This not only puts law enforcement at risk, it puts private citizens at risk,” he said.

Most police interactions involve city and county law enforcement authorities, said Lena Graber, an attorney with the San Francisco-based Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Wednesday’s bill signing expands Inslee’s 2017 executive order that imposed similar provisions on state agencies, which immigration advocates argued didn’t go far enough.

Graber said the bill would give Washington “the strongest and most comprehensive state law on sanctuary in the country.”

ICE FIGHTS BACK AFTER COUNTY IN WASHINGTON STATE BLOCKS IMMIGRANT DEPORTATIONS

Five other states — Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont — have similar policies against cooperation between local and federal law enforcement for non-criminal immigration investigations.

Oregon adopted the nation’s first statewide sanctuary policy in 1987. The policy has forbidden police from expending any resources to go after anyone living in the country illegally if they haven’t committed any crimes beyond that.

In 2017, California approved a measure requiring authorities to obtain written permission from people they arrest to allow them to be interviewed by immigration officers.

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The bill’s co-sponsor, state Sen. Lisa Wellman, voiced concerns for sectors that have relied primarily on immigrant labor, such as agriculture hospitality and technology.

“We have 30 percent of Microsoft here on visas,” Wellman, a Democrat, said before a public hearing for the bill in the state Legislature earlier this year. “You can’t open a hotel if you don’t have immigrants in back-of-house.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced Tuesday that it had sought custody of two MS-13 members accused of beating and stabbing a 14-year-old girl to death in Maryland last month.

Josue Fuentes-Ponce, 16, of Bladensburg, Md. and Joel Escobar, 17, of Northeast Washington D.C , both natives of El Salvador, were arrested by Prince George’s County (Md.) police last week and charged as adults with first-degree murder in the death of Ariana Funes-Diaz, whose body was found in a creek May 15.

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In a statement, ICE said it had lodged a detainer with the Prince George’s County Detention Center in May 2018 after Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar were arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, participation in gang activity, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted robbery, among other offenses. However, the agency said both were released “on an unknown date and time without notification to ICE.”

From left to right, Josue Fuentes-Ponce, Joel Escobar and Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi are charged with first-degree murder (George's County Police Department via AP)

From left to right, Josue Fuentes-Ponce, Joel Escobar and Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi are charged with first-degree murder (George’s County Police Department via AP)

“These individuals had demonstrated violent criminal behavior before, and because they were released in spite of the lawful detainer, they were afforded an opportunity to take a life.” ICE Baltimore Field Office Director Diane Witte said in the statement.

The Prince George’s County Department of Corrections did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

MS-13 MEMBERS ACCUSED OF STABBING 16-YEAR-OLD 100 TIMES, SETTING BODY ON FIRE

Investigators say Funes-Diaz was killed on April 18 by Fuentes-Ponce, Escobar, and 14-year-old Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi to prevent her from informing police about a robbery the four had taken part in the day before.

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“This is not two gangs warring with each other,” Prince George’s County Police Maj. Brian Reilly told police at a news conference last week. “This is a gang that turned on itself, turned on an associate in extremely violent behavior.”

According to ICE, Fuentes-Ponce crossed into the U.S. in December 2015 “as part of a family unit” in Texas. An immigration judge ordered his removal in absentia in March 2017. Escobar was taken into custody as an unaccompanied juvenile in August 2016 near McAllen, Texas and was later released to a family member in the Washington D.C. area.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty contributed to this report.

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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced Tuesday that it had sought custody of two MS-13 members accused of beating and stabbing a 14-year-old girl to death in Maryland last month.

Josue Fuentes-Ponce, 16, of Bladensburg, Md. and Joel Escobar, 17, of Northeast Washington D.C , both natives of El Salvador, were arrested by Prince George’s County (Md.) police last week and charged as adults with first-degree murder in the death of Ariana Funes-Diaz, whose body was found in a creek May 15.

REP. VERN BUCHANAN: TRUMP IS SERIOUS ABOUT TAKING DOWN MS-13

In a statement, ICE said it had lodged a detainer with the Prince George’s County Detention Center in May 2018 after Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar were arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, participation in gang activity, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted robbery, among other offenses. However, the agency said both were released “on an unknown date and time without notification to ICE.”

From left to right, Josue Fuentes-Ponce, Joel Escobar and Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi are charged with first-degree murder (George's County Police Department via AP)

From left to right, Josue Fuentes-Ponce, Joel Escobar and Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi are charged with first-degree murder (George’s County Police Department via AP)

“These individuals had demonstrated violent criminal behavior before, and because they were released in spite of the lawful detainer, they were afforded an opportunity to take a life.” ICE Baltimore Field Office Director Diane Witte said in the statement.

The Prince George’s County Department of Corrections did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

MS-13 MEMBERS ACCUSED OF STABBING 16-YEAR-OLD 100 TIMES, SETTING BODY ON FIRE

Investigators say Funes-Diaz was killed on April 18 by Fuentes-Ponce, Escobar, and 14-year-old Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi to prevent her from informing police about a robbery the four had taken part in the day before.

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“This is not two gangs warring with each other,” Prince George’s County Police Maj. Brian Reilly told police at a news conference last week. “This is a gang that turned on itself, turned on an associate in extremely violent behavior.”

According to ICE, Fuentes-Ponce crossed into the U.S. in December 2015 “as part of a family unit” in Texas. An immigration judge ordered his removal in absentia in March 2017. Escobar was taken into custody as an unaccompanied juvenile in August 2016 near McAllen, Texas and was later released to a family member in the Washington D.C. area.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty contributed to this report.

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The battle between sanctuary jurisdictions and the Trump Administration has soared to new heights with a flap over a small regional airport in Washington state.

The King County Airport in Seattle had been used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport 34,000 illegal immigrants over the last decade. But after a politically motivated study done by the University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights, which concluded in its report, “the time has come for this work to be done,” County Executive Dow Constantine issued an order pressuring companies that fuel planes, to stop servicing ICE flights or lose their contracts with the county.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform calls it all-out war against border enforcement.

COMMUNITIES STRUGGLE TO COPE AFTER KILLINGS THAT AUTHORITIES HAVE LINKED TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

“This is taking it to a new level,” said FAIR’s spokesman Ira Mehlman. “Sanctuary policies say that the local jurisdiction won’t cooperate with ICE. Here (Constantine) is taking it a step further and blacklisting companies that do business with ICE. This crosses the line probably into obstruction of Justice.”

ICE operates the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, where illegal immigrants are detained while their cases wind their way through the immigration court system. When deporting through the King County Airport, handcuffed detainees were taken on a short, 40-minute bus ride before boarding a charter flight. Now, ICE is driving detainees three hours to the Yakima Airport.

Bryan Wilcox, ICE’s acting field operations director in Seattle, said, “state and local efforts thwarting ICE operations serve only to create additional security concerns and add significant delays and costs to U.S. taxpayers.”

ICE spokesperson Tanya Roman issued a press release detailing some of the illegal immigrants deported with charter flights from the King County Airport. The list includes a Mexican citizen wanted for human trafficking, a Honduran man accused of rape and murder and a Guatemalan man charged with torture and murder.

In Washington state, Juan Flores Del Toro, an illegal immigrant who overstayed his guest worker visa, shot and killed Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson during a traffic stop. His brother, Aaron Thompson, who is a King County Sheriff’s deputy, said sanctuary policies make it more dangerous for law enforcement and the public.

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“The local bureaucrats have decided that they can unilaterally just decide what our nation’s laws are, and what we’re going to comply with and what we are not,” said Dori Monson, a host on KIRO Radio.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Department sent County Executive Constantine what amounts to a cease and desist letter. Responding to Constantine’s executive order, DOT General Counsel Steven Bradbury wrote, “Federal law expressly prohibits the enforcement of any such directive.”

The letter states the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act “specifically bars local governments from prohibiting or restricting particular types of air transportation.” Also, the King County Airport has received $21 million in federal grants since 2012. One condition of the grant money is allowing the federal government usage of the airport.

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President Trump’s new immigration reform proposal is a “great plan,” but Democratic leadership may oppose the measure because they are averse to White House attempts to secure the southern border, former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said on “America’s Newsroom” Thursday.

“I was briefed on [Trump’s] plan and I liked what I heard,” Homan told host Bill Hemmer. “And, front and center, number one of the six branches [of the proposal] is border security.”

Homan said that Trump’s proposal correctly addresses “closing the loopholes” that have allowed what he called the “crisis at the border” to escalate.

TRUMP UNVEILS SWEEPING PLAN TO ‘TRANSFORM’ AMERICA’S IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

He added that senior leadership in the Democratic Party has been “against anything to secure the border.”

“They haven’t offered up one fix to the current crisis on the border,” he said. “Not one thing have they offered up to help stem the tide of the illegal immigration at the border.”

Homan suggested that Democrats don’t want what he called the Republican-supported pairing of border security and expansion of legal immigration.

“[That’s] the right thing to do,” he said, adding that Trump’s plan still accounts for “family-based immigration” but it concentrates on the immediate, “nuclear” family members rather than “cousins and stepfathers.”

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Homan also said the information technology industry has been yearning for more skilled workers to fill open positions in the field.

“They need more talent to further expand the I.T. infrastructure,” he said, adding that there are people who want to emigrate to America to work in technology.

Homan added that he also wants to see the battle against the MS-13 gang continued in places like Los Angeles and in New York State.

Trump unveiled his long-awaited immigration overhaul Thursday in the White House Rose Garden. It would dramatically alter how the U.S. accepts people into the country, shifting the system in order to favor admissions based on merit rather than family ties.

“If adopted, our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” Trump said in his address.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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President Trump’s new immigration reform proposal is a “great plan,” but Democratic leadership may oppose the measure because they are averse to White House attempts to secure the southern border, former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said on “America’s Newsroom” Thursday.

“I was briefed on [Trump’s] plan and I liked what I heard,” Homan told host Bill Hemmer. “And, front and center, number one of the six branches [of the proposal] is border security.”

Homan said that Trump’s proposal correctly addresses “closing the loopholes” that have allowed what he called the “crisis at the border” to escalate.

TRUMP UNVEILS SWEEPING PLAN TO ‘TRANSFORM’ AMERICA’S IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

He added that senior leadership in the Democratic Party has been “against anything to secure the border.”

“They haven’t offered up one fix to the current crisis on the border,” he said. “Not one thing have they offered up to help stem the tide of the illegal immigration at the border.”

Homan suggested that Democrats don’t want what he called the Republican-supported pairing of border security and expansion of legal immigration.

“[That’s] the right thing to do,” he said, adding that Trump’s plan still accounts for “family-based immigration” but it concentrates on the immediate, “nuclear” family members rather than “cousins and stepfathers.”

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Homan also said the information technology industry has been yearning for more skilled workers to fill open positions in the field.

“They need more talent to further expand the I.T. infrastructure,” he said, adding that there are people who want to emigrate to America to work in technology.

Homan added that he also wants to see the battle against the MS-13 gang continued in places like Los Angeles and in New York State.

Trump unveiled his long-awaited immigration overhaul Thursday in the White House Rose Garden. It would dramatically alter how the U.S. accepts people into the country, shifting the system in order to favor admissions based on merit rather than family ties.

“If adopted, our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” Trump said in his address.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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A suspected drunken driver who was free on bail after being charged with plowing into a Northern California trailer home and killing three sleeping family members was in the U.S. illegally and was apprehended Tuesday, federal immigration agents announced.

“Ismael Huazo-Jardinez is an illegally present Mexican national.  The U.S. Border Patrol apprehended him in Arizona and granted him voluntary return to Mexico in February 2011.  He illegally re-entered at some point thereafter,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Paul Prince said in a statement to Fox News. “On Tuesday, May 7, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (San Francisco) Fugitive Operations Team members apprehended Huazo-Jardinez. ICE used available resources to locate and detain him.  He will remain in ICE custody pending the disposition of his immigration proceedings.”

Huazo-Jardinez was first arrested Saturday night in the rural community of Knights Landing outside of Sacramento. The California Highway Patrol said Huazo-Jardinez was intoxicated and speeding when the truck he was driving missed a sharp curve and slammed into the Pacheco family’s live-in trailer.

Ismael Huazo-Jardinez was in the U.S. illegally and was apprehended Tuesday, immigration officials said. (Sutter County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Ismael Huazo-Jardinez was in the U.S. illegally and was apprehended Tuesday, immigration officials said. (Sutter County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The crash killed Jose Pacheco, 38, Anna Pacheco, 34, and their son Angel Pacheco, 10. The Pachecos’ 11-year-old daughter remained in critical condition.

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Huazo-Jardinez had been released from the Sutter County Jail on $300,000 bail Sunday after a judge refused CHP’s request for a $1 million bail.

Jail records showed Huazo-Jardinez listing a Yuba City address as his residence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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U.S. Border Patrol on Tuesday morning apprehended its largest group of illegal immigrants caught at once, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported.

CBP said 424 illegal aliens were apprehended just after midnight in Sunland Park, New Mexico; an additional 230 illegal aliens were apprehended in Antelope Wells, N.M., around 2 a.m.

“This is an ongoing situation that U.S Border Patrol agents are facing in southern New Mexico: hundreds of parents and children being encountered by agents after having faced a dangerous journey in the hands of unscrupulous smugglers,” CBP said in a statement. “Criminal organizations continue to exploit innocent human lives in order to enhance their illicit activities without due regard to the risks of human life.  In most cases these smugglers never cross the border themselves in order to avoid apprehension.”

This is the group of 230 undocumented immigrants apprehended today in Antelope Wells. (US Border Patrol)

This is the group of 230 undocumented immigrants apprehended today in Antelope Wells. (US Border Patrol)

MIGRANT CARAVAN GOES GLOBAL, ATTRACTS REFUGEES FROM ACROSS WORLD TRYING TO ENTER US

Officials have said the surge of migrant families was overwhelming the southern border.

Border officials said they were struggling to cope with the influx of Central American families, with Border Patrol apprehending a record-setting 53,000 families in March.

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The Trump administration has supported changes to the asylum process and other steps to slow the influx of migrants at the border as President Trump tries to make good on his 2016 campaign promises.

Fox News’ Lee Ross contributed to this report.

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Total immigration apprehensions in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the nation’s heaviest trafficked illegal crossing sector, has surged in the past months, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revealed in a statement Monday.

CBP reported: “Less than seven months into the fiscal year, the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol Sector has apprehended more than 164,000 people to date, surpassing the total number of apprehensions made in fiscal year 2018.”

The statement also pointed out that border patrol agents in the region arrest over 1,100 people each day on average.

NEW MEXICO COUNTY DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY OVER SURGE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CROSSING THE BORDER

The agency has been devoting more resources to the surging numbers of migrant families crossing the southern border.

The Border Patrol is apprehending thousands of families weekly at the U.S.-Mexico border. Many of them are parents and children fleeing Central America and seeking asylum.

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Nationwide, CBP, as reported in March, has 23,000 officers working at 328 ports of entry, including at airports around the country.

However, the agency has had the most trouble recruiting officers to work at the southern border, where crossings were understaffed before the current surge of migrant families.

Fox News’ Griff Jenkins and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Motel 6 reached a $12 million settlement with Washington state on Thursday after prosecutors said the chain violated privacy rights by giving information to immigration officials that sometimes led to the detainment or deportation of former guests.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said that the company improperly provided U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents with “Latino-sounding” names of tens of thousands of hotel guests for two years. Some of those guests later were detained or deported as a result of those targeted investigations.

“Motel 6’s actions tore families apart and violated the privacy rights of tens of thousands of Washingtonians,” Ferguson said in a statement. “Our resolution holds Motel 6 accountable for illegally handing over guests’ private information without a warrant.”

The company issued a statement saying that in addition to paying the settlement, it would enforce its guest privacy policy, which prohibits the sharing of guest information except in cases where a judicially enforceable warrant or subpoena is present or where local law requires the release of the information.

“The safety and security of our guests, which includes protecting guest information, is our top priority, and we are pleased to be able to reach resolution in this matter,” the company said.

It also agreed to provide training to employees to protect guest privacy.

PHOENIX MOTEL 6 ACCUSED OF NOTIFYING ICE ABOUT UNDOCUMENTED PATRONS

In a separate lawsuit filed in Arizona, the company agreed in November to pay up to $7.6 million to Latino guests who said hotel employees shared private information with immigration officials.

In Washington state, Ferguson said Motel 6 gave ICE information on a daily basis about a total of 80,000 guests without a warrant between 2015 and 2017.

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Ferguson filed the lawsuit in King County Superior Court last year, claiming the company’s disclosures violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act and a law against discrimination.

As part of the settlement, the company also must create an online tool for guests to file reports when they believe the hotel chain has shared guest information improperly.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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