Pregnant Mother Fights For Release From Immigration Detention Facility In Otay Mesa

Pregnant Mother Fights For Release From Immigration Detention Facility In Otay Mesa

By Jean Guerrero - KPBS Fronteras Desk

In San Diego, a pregnant mother in immigration detention embodies the broadened focus of President Trump's immigration crackdown, which no longer pivots around serious criminals but anyone who entered the country illegally.

Maria Solis Jasso, 28, filed an application for release from the Otay Mesa Detention Facility earlier this month, with the hope of fighting deportation from her home in North County, where she lives with her three daughters, ages 10, 4 and 2. Solis asked KPBS not to show her face during an on-camera interview late Thursday.

Immigration processing speeds up in San Diego area courts

Immigration processing speeds up in San Diego area courts

By Kate Morrissey - San Diego Union-Tribune

Immigration courts in San Diego and Imperial counties have sped up processing this year, and immigration attorneys worry that clearing backlogs will lead to deportations of those who have legal grounds to stay.

In contrast to what has seemed to be an ever-growing backlog of cases in recent years, judges at the three courts decided more cases between February and July this year than they did last year. The downtown San Diego court is up by 38 percent, the court at Otay Mesa Detention Center is up by 51 percent, and the court at Imperial Regional Detention Facility is up by 119 percent, according to data obtained from The Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Woman says immigration agent pulled gun on her on freeway

Woman says immigration agent pulled gun on her on freeway

By Lindsey Winkley - San Diego Union-Tribune

An apparent case of road rage prompted a federal agent to point a gun at a woman as she was driving on north Interstate 15 with her 2-year-old son in the back seat Sunday afternoon, the woman said.

California Highway Patrol officers investigating the incident identified the man involved as a plainclothes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.

The federal agency said in a Thursday statement that they are “cooperating fully” with the investigation.

“ICE holds its personnel to the highest professional standards and has zero tolerance for employees who violate the public’s trust,” spokeswoman Lauren Mack said.