ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:21:30 -0400 ICE HSI, international law enforcement partners arrest over 85 in Operation Protected Childhood 8 https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-international-law-enforcement-partners-arrest-over-85-operation-protected ICE HSI in collaboration with Brazil Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP) Secretariat for Integrated Operations (SEOPI) Cyber Laboratory, executed phase eight of Operation Protected Childhood (OPC) resulting in the arrest of approximately 88 alleged child predators. This large-scale simultaneous enforcement action was executed between June 8 and June 11. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-international-law-enforcement-partners-arrest-over-85-operation-protected Tue, 06/15/2021 - 14:08 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE launches Victims Engagement and Services Line (VESL) https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-launches-victims-engagement-and-services-line-vesl The new program will serve as a more comprehensive and inclusive victim support system offered by ICE that will ensure services are offered to all victims regardless of immigration status of the victim or perpetrator. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-launches-victims-engagement-and-services-line-vesl Fri, 06/11/2021 - 12:54 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia IPR Center, King’s College London sign international academic partnership agreement to combat global IP infringement https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-kings-college-london-sign-international-academic-partnership-agreement WASHINGTON – The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) announced a new academic partnership with the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London (King’s College) to expand the Center’s research efforts into counterfeiting, anti-counterfeiting strategies and intellectual property. IPR Center, King’s College London sign international academic partnership agreement to combat global IP infringement , IPR Center Logo , IPR Center, King’s College London sign international academic partnership agreement to combat global IP infringement , King's College London logo https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-kings-college-london-sign-international-academic-partnership-agreement Wed, 06/09/2021 - 13:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia HSI, Brazil Federal Police execute large-scale disruption of international arms trafficking organization https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-brazil-federal-police-execute-large-scale-disruption-international-arms On June 1, four arrest warrants and eight search and seizure warrants were carried out in the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro by Brazilian authorities, while one arrest warrant for a U.S.-based TCO member was simultaneously executed in Orlando, Florida by HSI Miami and HSI Orlando as part of Operation Iron Tire. Magazines and ammo hidden in tire (“Operation Iron Tire”) , Ring with TCO’s symbol https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-brazil-federal-police-execute-large-scale-disruption-international-arms Wed, 06/02/2021 - 10:23 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE announces extension, new employee guidance to I-9 compliance flexibility https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-new-employee-guidance-i-9-compliance-flexibility-0 The current extension includes guidance for employees hired on or after Jun. 1, 2021, and work exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19-related precautions. Those employees are temporarily exempt from the physical inspection requirements associated with the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) until they undertake non-remote employment on a regular, consistent, or predictable basis, or the extension of the flexibilities related to such requirements is terminated, whichever is earlier. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-new-employee-guidance-i-9-compliance-flexibility-0 Wed, 05/26/2021 - 15:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE removes Guatemalan citizen for alleged human rights violations in connection with 1982 Dos Erres massacre https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-guatemalan-citizen-alleged-human-rights-violations-connection-1982-dos Jose Mardoqueo Ortiz Morales, 59, a former member of an elite Guatemalan army unit known as the Kaibiles, is accused of taking part in the massacre in which Guatemalan special forces executed 200 unarmed villagers, including women and children. Jose Mardoqueo Ortiz Morales , Jose Mardoqueo Ortiz Morales https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-guatemalan-citizen-alleged-human-rights-violations-connection-1982-dos Wed, 05/12/2021 - 14:13 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia IPR Center launches community-based initiative to help small business protect themselves against intellectual property theft, other fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-launches-community-based-initiative-help-small-business-protect-themselves This joint initiative provides resources – free of charge – to aid small to mid-size businesses in protecting themselves against IP theft, fraud and cyber security awareness. IPR Center launches community-based initiative to help small business protect themselves against intellectual property theft, other fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-launches-community-based-initiative-help-small-business-protect-themselves Mon, 04/26/2021 - 12:10 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE HSI marks the anniversary of Operation Stolen Promise with $48M in COVID-19 fraud proceeds, 21.2M fake respirator masks seized https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-marks-anniversary-operation-stolen-promise-48m-covid-19-fraud-proceeds-212m ICE HSI marks the one-year anniversary of the announcement of Operation Stolen Promise, the ongoing operation protecting the United States from COVID-19 related crime. ICE HSI marks the anniversary of Operation Stolen Promise with $48M in COVID-19 fraud proceeds, 21.2M fake respirator masks seized https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-marks-anniversary-operation-stolen-promise-48m-covid-19-fraud-proceeds-212m Fri, 04/16/2021 - 09:55 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE removes Guatemalan man wanted for robbery, murder https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-guatemalan-man-wanted-robbery-murder Ismael Sanchez-Alvarado, 28, was removed from the U.S. by way of an ICE Air Operations charter flight and was transferred into the custody of Guatemalan law enforcement authorities. Sanchez-Alvarado was the subject of an Interpol Red Notice and considered a Fugitive Alien Removal (FAR) case. Ismael Sanchez-Alvarado , Ismael Sanchez-Alvarado https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-guatemalan-man-wanted-robbery-murder Thu, 04/15/2021 - 16:53 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia $5M reward offered for information leading to arrest, conviction of major Mexican drug cartel member https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/5m-reward-offered-information-leading-arrest-conviction-major-mexican-drug-cartel Flores-Silva was charged in a federal indictment on August 13, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The indictment charges Flores-Silva with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and one kilogram or more of heroin for importation into the United States, as well as carrying, using and possessing a firearm in relation to a drug offense. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/5m-reward-offered-information-leading-arrest-conviction-major-mexican-drug-cartel Thu, 04/15/2021 - 11:37 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE removes convicted felon tied to 1985 murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Salazar https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-convicted-felon-tied-1985-murder-dea-special-agent-enrique-kiki-camarena Juan Jose Bernabe Ramirez, 62, a Mexican citizen, was turned over to Mexican immigration officials on the international boundary at the Paso Del Norte Bridge in downtown El Paso, Texas. Bernabe is considered a threat to public safety due to his criminal convictions. Members of the ERO El Paso Special Response Team escort Juan Jose Bernabe Ramirez, 62, to the U.S.-Mexico international boundary at the Paso del Norte Bridge where he was turned over to the custody of Mexican authorities. , Members of the ERO El Paso Special Response Team escort Juan Jose Bernabe Ramirez, 62, to the U.S.-Mexico international boundary at the Paso del Norte Bridge where he was turned over to the custody of Mexican authorities. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-convicted-felon-tied-1985-murder-dea-special-agent-enrique-kiki-camarena Thu, 04/08/2021 - 10:46 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia US, Canada establish cross-border task force to disrupt gun smuggling and trafficking https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-canada-establish-cross-border-task-force-disrupt-gun-smuggling-and-trafficking A U.S.-Canada task force dedicated to disrupting and dismantling the illegal movement of firearms, ammunition, and explosive weapons across the U.S.-Canadian border was announced today by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in another step forward to address gun smuggling and trafficking. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-canada-establish-cross-border-task-force-disrupt-gun-smuggling-and-trafficking Fri, 04/02/2021 - 10:28 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia HSI, partners warn consumers of COVID-19 post-vaccine survey scam https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-partners-warn-consumers-covid-19-post-vaccine-survey-scam The IPR Center, DoJ and the leading manufactures of the COVID-19 vaccine, are investigating reports of these fraudulent COVID-19 vaccine surveys enticing consumers to provide personal information with the promise of a prize or cash at the conclusion of the survey. Pfizer post-vaccine survey scam , Moderna post-vaccine survey scam , Johnson & Johnson post-vaccine survey scam https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-partners-warn-consumers-covid-19-post-vaccine-survey-scam Wed, 03/31/2021 - 17:43 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE announces extension, new employee guidance to I-9 compliance flexibility https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-new-employee-guidance-i-9-compliance-flexibility ICE today announced an extension of the flexibilities in rules related to Form I-9 compliance that was initially granted last year.  Due to the continued precautions related to COVID-19, the DHS will extend this policy until May 31, 2021. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-new-employee-guidance-i-9-compliance-flexibility Wed, 03/31/2021 - 14:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia Online vaccine scams: Homeland Security Investigations, INTERPOL issue public warning https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/online-vaccine-scams-homeland-security-investigations-interpol-issue-public-warning With criminal groups producing, distributing and selling fake vaccines, the risks to the public are clear: these can include buying a product which not only does not protect against COVID-19, but poses a serious health hazard if ingested or injected. Such products are not tested, regulated or safety-checked. Legitimate vaccines are not for sale. They are strictly administered and distributed by national healthcare regulators. Tempted to skip the line and buy your "COVID-19 Vaccine" online? Off-Channel Vaccines are: not tested; not regulated; not safety-checked. , Fact: You cannot find legitimate, approved COVID-19 vaccines for sale on the internet. , Fact: You cannot find legitimate, approved COVID-19 vaccines for sale on the internet. , Criminals will put anything in vials to get your money. Don't buy COVID-19 vaccines or so-called cures online. At best, they do nothing against COVID-19. At worst, they are harmful and dangerous to your health. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/online-vaccine-scams-homeland-security-investigations-interpol-issue-public-warning Wed, 03/24/2021 - 14:34 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia Former Venezuelan official pleads guilty in connection with international bribery, money laundering scheme following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-venezuelan-official-pleads-guilty-connection-international-bribery-money Jose Luis De Jongh Atencio (De Jongh), 48, a former procurement officer and manager in Citgo’s Special Projects Group, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-venezuelan-official-pleads-guilty-connection-international-bribery-money Tue, 03/23/2021 - 15:39 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia Statement attributable to ICE Acting Director Tae D. Johnson https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/statement-attributable-ice-acting-director-tae-d-johnson U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has signed a short-term contract with the non-profit division of Endeavors to provide temporary shelter and processing services for families who have not been expelled and are therefore placed in immigration proceedings for their removal from the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/statement-attributable-ice-acting-director-tae-d-johnson Sat, 03/20/2021 - 19:38 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE report on international students in US details impact of COVID https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-report-international-students-us-details-impact-covid The report highlights calendar year 2020 data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a web-based system that includes information about international students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-report-international-students-us-details-impact-covid Fri, 03/19/2021 - 11:57 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia Wounded, ill or injured vets can help rescue victims of child sexual exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/wounded-ill-or-injured-vets-can-help-rescue-victims-child-sexual-exploitation The HERO, or Human Exploitation Rescue Operative corps is an annual initiative managed by the HSI Cyber Crimes Center in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT). HERO Logo https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/wounded-ill-or-injured-vets-can-help-rescue-victims-child-sexual-exploitation Tue, 03/16/2021 - 17:45 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE announces case review process https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-case-review-process This process is the continuation of efforts to develop an orderly immigration system that treats individuals humanely while ensuring national security, border security and public safety. The ICR process offers another channel through which noncitizens and their representatives can request that ICE exercise its prosecutorial discretion on a particular noncitizen’s behalf, and to resolve questions and concerns, consistent with law, policy and the interests of justice. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-case-review-process Thu, 03/04/2021 - 16:14 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE removes WWII Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-wwii-nazi-concentration-camp-guard-germany Friedrich Karl Berger, a German citizen, participated in Nazi-sponsored persecution while serving in 1945 as an armed guard of concentration camp prisoners in the Neuengamme Concentration Camp system (Neuengamme). He was ordered removed from the United States in February 2020. ICE removes WWII Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-wwii-nazi-concentration-camp-guard-germany Sat, 02/20/2021 - 08:34 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE announces temporary guidelines for its enforcement and removal operations https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-temporary-guidelines-its-enforcement-and-removal-operations ICE’s interim guidance will focus the agency’s civil immigration enforcement and removal resources on threats to national security, border security and public safety. The guidance defines which cases are presumed to present such threats and do not require prior approval. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-temporary-guidelines-its-enforcement-and-removal-operations Thu, 02/18/2021 - 14:02 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia DHS prevents millions of counterfeit N95 masks from reaching hospital workers, first responders https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dhs-prevents-millions-counterfeit-n95-masks-reaching-hospital-workers-first Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) federal agents have seized approximately 10 million counterfeit 3M N95 respirator masks in recent weeks, the result of ongoing collaboration between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and manufacturer 3M to prevent counterfeit masks from reaching hospital workers and first responders. DHS prevents millions of counterfeit N95 masks from reaching hospital workers, first responders , DHS prevents millions of counterfeit N95 masks from reaching hospital workers, first responders , DHS prevents millions of counterfeit N95 masks from reaching hospital workers, first responders , DHS prevents millions of counterfeit N95 masks from reaching hospital workers, first responders , DHS prevents millions of counterfeit N95 masks from reaching hospital workers, first responders , DHS prevents millions of counterfeit N95 masks from reaching hospital workers, first responders https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dhs-prevents-millions-counterfeit-n95-masks-reaching-hospital-workers-first Wed, 02/17/2021 - 17:20 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE recognizes International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-recognizes-international-day-zero-tolerance-female-genital-mutilation Partners of the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC) including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division join foreign government partners, non-governmental organizations and local communities to call for the eradication of the practice. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-recognizes-international-day-zero-tolerance-female-genital-mutilation Tue, 02/09/2021 - 14:27 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia Chinese national charged with criminal conspiracy to export US power amplifiers to China following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chinese-national-charged-criminal-conspiracy-export-us-power-amplifiers-china An indictment was unsealed this week charging Cheng Bo, also known as Joe Cheng, a 45-year-old national of the People’s Republic of China, with participating in a criminal conspiracy from 2012-2015 to violate U.S. export laws by shipping U.S. power amplifiers to China, the result of a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, the FBI and the Department of Commerce. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chinese-national-charged-criminal-conspiracy-export-us-power-amplifiers-china Fri, 01/29/2021 - 17:55 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia