U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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Maine U.S. House Rep. Chellie Pingree wants the federal government to halt plans to open a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency facility planned for Scarborough.

PORTLAND, Maine - The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to clear the air about a new office in Maine's largest city.

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The opening of a new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Portland has sparked ire from some city residents.

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A federal immigration judge has ruled that a 46-year-old Portland man won't be deported to Somalia — at least for now — under the United Nations convention against torture, because of issues related to the political situation there.

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A Portland man who was held by U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement for nine months without a hearing at a county jail in New Hampshire is now free, but he may still face deportation.

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has denied a father of three's request to pardon a drug trafficking conviction that led to his deportation to Haiti.


Over the past several weeks, agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection have carried out random stops of people to question them about their citizenship, miles away from the nearest border.

On June 21, two Bangor Daily News reporters, recorded audio from a Maine checkpoint on I-95 and posted it on the paper's website.

The policy isn't new. It's based on rules put in place in 1952  that allow the agency to randomly stop people within 100 miles of any U.S. "external boundary."

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The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol's Maine office says its agents have interviewed occupants of 21 Canadian-registered boats since last fall. The statement comes after a flurry of attention to border patrol activity in the area of Machias Seal Island, an area to which both the U.S. and Canada lay claim.

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Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree is co-sponsoring legislation that would prohibit the federal government from separating children from their parents at the country’s border.

“Basically it says there should be no separation and there should be a primary, you know, process of family reunification any time a child is separated,” Pingree says.

Pingree says she has heard from many Maine constituents who say they are outraged at the news that children are being separated from their parents when trying to enter the country.

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Officials from Portland Public Schools are telling the community that they will not report students to immigration enforcement officials, and say their schools are a "safe haven" for children and families.

In a written message to families last week, Portland Supt. Xavier Botana said, "We want your children in our schools. We don't care what their immigration status is. And we believe that that's not just the right thing to do, but that's also the law."

PORTLAND, Maine - Civil liberties groups in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are suing the federal government for records of immigration enforcement actions.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday by ACLU affiliates targets the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agencies are accused of failing to provide records of raids and arrests under the Freedom of Information Act.

A judge has ruled that a Maine state trooper had a legitimate reason to stop a van full of immigrants that he described as the “ICE mother lode” and will allow a resulting immigration case to move forward.

An attorney for Mario Ernesto Garcia-Zavala claims the men were racially profiled.

Trooper Robert Burke says he stopped the vehicle because a passenger wasn't wearing a seatbelt and the windshield was cracked. Video from Burke's car captured him telling another trooper that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would need to bring out a SWAT team.

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A Waterville man arrested by Immigration officials in January and held in a New Hampshire jail for nearly two months has been deported to Haiti. He leaves behind a pregnant wife, two young sons and an attorney who fears for his client's safety.

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Dozens of people came together Saturday in support of a Haitian man from Waterville who was picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement last month. Simultaneously, the supporters got out their phones and left messages for members of Maine's congressional delegation, asking for their help.

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Nearly 30 men, women and children braved sub-zero wind chills in Bangor Saturday morning to oppose bus inspections by federal agents looking for undocumented immigrants.