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In immigration news: LA foreign 'student' scam, GOP immigrant tax fight, migrants maimed by train protest, more



U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations agents raid the Prodee University, Neo America Language School installations in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Three people were arrested on charges of running four sham vocational schools in Southern California that issued fraudulent paperwork enabling foreigners to stay in the country and netted as much as $6 million a year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations agents raid the Prodee University, Neo America Language School installations in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Three people were arrested on charges of running four sham vocational schools in Southern California that issued fraudulent paperwork enabling foreigners to stay in the country and netted as much as $6 million a year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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Accused immigration scam operators enrolled foreign 'students' who didn't go to school - Southern California Public Radio Federal agents arrested three men Wednesday in connection with an alleged "pay-to-stay" immigration scam that involved four Los Angeles-area trade schools. They are accused of enrolling foreign "students" in the schools for a fee in exchange for student visa documents - although they knew these people had no intention of attending classes. Federal officials say the operation took in as much as $6 million a year in "tuition" payments.

Honduran migrants, maimed by train, protest their plight - Los Angeles Times Migrants who were maimed after falling off the top of trains en route to the United States protested recently in Mexico City, saying they plan to take their message to the U.S. next. From the story: "Their argument is that if the Mexican government would offer free passage across Mexico, migrants would not be forced to ride the dangerous train." Central American migrants are subject not only to deportation by Mexican authorities, but to attacks by gangs atop the trains.

Republicans wary of new immigration fight - The Hill Some Republican leaders are reportedly avoiding a controversial immigration-related tax measure. From the story: "Senate GOP leadership is staying away from a proposal to ensure undocumented immigrants don’t get tax break payouts from the government, with the party still smarting from a battle over Department of Homeland Security funding." While many say they support the legislation proposed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), some "who openly back the measure say now is not the right time to push hard for the measure."

Deportation Upheld Of Salvadoran Ex-Official For Torture, Killings - NBC News From the story: "An immigration appeals panel has upheld the deportation order of a former El Salvador defense minister who oversaw the torture and killings of thousands of civilians during that country's bloody civil war." On Wednesday, the Board of Immigration Appeals refused to overturn a deportation order for Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, former defense minister and director of the Salvadoran National Guard who came to the U.S. on an immigrant visa in the late 1980s.