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  • ** FILE ** John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Associated Press)

    John Morton, ICE director, to leave agency in July

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement director John Morton announced Monday that he will leave the agency at the end of July after more than four years.

  • ** FILE ** John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Associated Press)

    John Morton, ICE director, to step down in July

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton is stepping down, effective at the end of July.

  • **FILE** An illegal immigrant from El Salvador is searched June 26, 2012, on the tarmac at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz., as the sun rises prior to boarding an MD-80 aircraft for a repatriation flight of 80 immigrants to their home country. (Associated Press)

    Obama immigrant release included drunk drivers

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  • ICE had some flexibility before releasing detainees, official says

    The Obama administration's top deportation official acknowledged Tuesday that he could have asked Congress for flexibility to avoid having to release more than 2,000 immigrants back onto the streets ahead of the budget sequesters, but he decided the releases were a better option.

  • **FILE** U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in New Jersey take a person into custody on March 28, 2012, during Operation Cross Check III. (Associated Press/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

    Sequester do-over: Feds recaptured 4 immigrants released under budget cuts

    The Obama administration said Thursday it had rearrested and brought back four of the most dangerous immigrants it released from detention last month in the run-up to the budget sequestration.

  • Feds: $13.6M in phony sports goods confiscated

    Investigators have confiscated more than $13.6 million worth of phony sports merchandise over the past five months and expect to seize more in New Orleans during Super Bowl week, a federal law-enforcement official said Thursday.

  • **FILE** John Morton (right), director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (Associated Press)

    Federal agents net 47 on sex-trafficking charges

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents Thursday arrested 47 suspects in a sex-trafficking operation, including a dozen purported ringleaders, that used young women and girls in an active prostitution ring in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Eleven of the victims were rescued.

  • ICE Director John T. Morton (right) (Associated Press)

    Hundreds arrested in child-exploitation probe

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says more than 200 adults have been arrested in a five-week international investigation of child pornography.

  • ICE Director John T. Morton (right) (Associated Press)

    ICE agents arrest hundreds in child-exploitation probe

    More than 120 victims of child sexual exploitation were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents during an international operation aimed at rescuing victims and targeting those who own, trade and produce images of child pornography, ICE Director John Morton said Thursday.

  • ICE Director John T. Morton (right) (Associated Press)

    Increase in deportations hits criminals

    The Obama administration has dramatically changed the composition of those it's deporting now that President Obama's non-deportation policy is in effect, setting an overall record for the number of people kicked out of the U.S. last year.

  • ** FILE ** President Obama speaks at a news conference in the briefing room of the White House on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Obama administration sets deportation record

    The Obama administration deported a record 409,849 illegal immigrants in the last fiscal year, with the majority of them convicted criminals, according to statistics released Friday.

  • "They wanted to see how certain pieces of court decisions came out. ... I can tell you that resolving the issue in Cook County is very important for me," said John Morton, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director. (Associated Press)

    Sanctuary cities may be facing legal action

    After eviscerating most of Arizona's strict immigration law in court last month, the Obama administration is now considering going after the other side by suing sanctuary cities to force them to cooperate with federal deportation efforts, an agency chief told Congress on Monday.

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents take a suspect into custody in Chula Vista, Calif., on Friday, March 30, 2012, as part of a nationwide immigration sweep. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Immigration officials arrest more than 3,100

    The Obama administration said Monday it had arrested more than 3,100 immigrants who were illegally in the country and who were convicted of serious crimes or otherwise considered fugitives or threats to national security. It was part of a six-day nationwide sweep that the government described as the largest of its kind.

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents take a suspect into custody in Chula Vista, Calif., on Friday, March 30, 2012, as part of a nationwide immigration sweep. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    ICE arrests 3,100 convicted criminal aliens in sweep

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) agents, as part of what the agency says is its commitment to prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators, has arrested more than 3,100 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators in a six-day national "Cross Check" enforcement operation.

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  • Director John Morton announced last year that the agency would make detention facilities less prisonlike because immigrant detainees are being held on civil immigration charges, not criminal offenses, though it was not clear at the time what changes would be made.

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