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More than 600 members of ‘Sur 13′ gang arrested in federal crackdown

More than 600 gang members and associates in 179 U.S. cities were arrested in a month-long crackdown on a fast-growing Latino gang that also netted firearms and drugs, officials said Thursday. Project Southbound targeted the Sureños, also known as Sur 13, a transnational gang with roots in southern California implicated…

More than 100 immigrants pulled from Texas smugglers’ ‘stash house’

By Andrea Lorenz HOUSTON (Reuters) – Police found more than 100 foreign nationals from Central America and Mexico being warehoused in a rundown Houston-area residence during a raid on Wednesday into a suspected human smuggling operation. Five people were arrested on suspicion of running the smuggling ring, while almost all…

Eight immigrants injured in auto accident on their way to deportation

Eight undocumented immigrants and two Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were injured Tuesday morning when their van blew a tire and rolled off the highway in south Texas, KGBT-TV reported. The accident occurred as the immigrants from Honduras were being taken from the Port Isabel Detention Center to the Coastal…

Miami high school valedictorian avoids deportation

A high school valedictorian and her sister in Florida, who faced impending deportation, will be able to remain in the United States for at least two more years, according to The Miami Herald. North Miami Senior High School student Daniela Pelaez, 18, and her sister were granted a reprieve by…

U.S. seizes 307 websites during Super Bowl crackdown

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday that it had seized the domain names of 307 websites as part of “Operation Fake Sweep,” a campaign targeting those selling counterfeit sportswear ahead of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Sixteen of those sites streamed live sporting events over the Internet, including…

Censored hip-hop blog demands justice, joins anti-piracy boycott

As millions across the planet witnessed a global online protest against two anti-piracy bills before the U.S. Congress, one music website shared with Raw Story its own experience being censored by the government. OnSmash.com, a popular hip hop blog, was among 82 websites shut down in November 2010 by the…

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