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06/10/2011

ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending June 10, 2011

June 9, 2011 — ICE announces employment authorization eligibility for certain Libyan students

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced special relief for certain F-1 Libyan students who have suffered severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Libya since February 2011. This relief applies only to students who were lawfully present in the United States in F-1 status on Feb. 1, 2011, and enrolled in an institution that is certified by ICE's Student and Exchange Visitor Program. Full Story

June 9, 2011 — DHS, DOJ and FTC collaborate with state and local partners in unprecedented effort to combat immigration services scams

The U.S. government unveiled a multi-agency nationwide initiative to combat immigration services scams. This initiative targets immigration scams involving the unauthorized practice of immigration law, which occurs when legal advice and/or representation regarding immigration matters is provided by an individual who is not an attorney or an accredited representative. Full Story

June 7, 2011 — 17 charged in 2 methamphetamine distribution rings in Operation 'Kool Aid'

ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), along with about 100 city, county and federal law enforcement officers, participated in a coordinated operation on Tuesday dubbed Operation "Kool Aid." This operation, which took place in the Oklahoma City area, investigated a methamphetamine drug trafficking organization and resulted in charges against 17 individuals. Full Story

June 7, 2011 — ICE seizes more than $2.2 million in luxury watches and special cars from members of a drug trafficking organization

ICE HSI special agents seized 15 luxury watches with an estimated market value of $1 million and 16 classic cars with an estimated value of $2.2 million from members of the Jose Figueroa-Agosto – aka Junior Capsula – drug trafficking organization. Full Story

June 6, 2011 — South Florida man sentenced to 30 years in prison for production of child porn

Robert Wesley Harden, 22, of Ft. Pierce, Fla., was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for production of child pornography and sexually enticing minors, following an investigation by ICE HSI and the Martin County Sheriff's Office. Full Story