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New Acting ICE Chief Pledges More Immigration Jail Space

President Donald Trump appointed Thomas Homan as acting ICE director Monday



    New Acting ICE Chief Pledges More Immigration Jail Space
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    FILE - Thomas Homan, executive associate director for enforcement and removal operations in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, appeas before a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Capitol Hill, May 19, 2016, in Washington, DC.

    A senior official at the Homeland Security Department says it is looking for new jail space as part of a broader effort to secure the border.

    Acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan says the government is actively looking for jail space to help detain immigrants caught crossing the border illegally.

    President Donald Trump appointed Homan as acting ICE director Monday. Homan spoke to reporters Tuesday.

    Trump has signed an executive order targeting illegal immigration that included orders to start preparations for construction of a border wall.

    Family Reunited After Travel Ban Delay

    [NATL] Family Reunited After Travel Ban Delay
    It's a reunion the Naji-Talakar family looks forward to every year. Marzieh Moosavizaveh lives in Iran, but has been visiting her family in Phoenix since 1993. "Every time Grandma comes to visit I go escort her from the international terminal to the Southwest terminal, but this time around she didn't come out," Marzieh's grandson Siavosh said.

    Completely unaware of the executive order Donald Trump signed during her 19-hour flight to LAX, Marzieh handed her passport to a customs agent like she always does. Usually the process takes a few minutes, but this time turned into 10 hours. She was detained along with several other Iranian citizens at LAX.
    (Published Monday, Jan. 30, 2017)

    Homan says ICE intends to carry about the president's directive "perfectly and we're here to serve as an organization."