Judge again blocks immigration plan
A federal judge angrily denied the federal government's request to allow President Obama's immigration executive actions to proceed, even as an appeals court signaled that it might disagree with the judge when it takes the issue up next week. Judge Andrew Hanen, of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, in Brownsville, refused to lift the injunction he had placed on the program in February. The judge "remained convinced" that the president exceeded his authority by seeking to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally and obtain work permits.
Suspected gang members busted
Nearly 1,000 suspected gang members, including almost 90 from the Los Angeles area, were swept up in a nationwide crackdown on transnational gangs. The sweep, dubbed Operation Wildfire, pulled in 87 members of more than 40 L.A.-area gangs, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in a news statement. Most of those arrested were charged with violating state laws but many from countries like Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras also are being processed for deportation, authorities said. In total, 976 people were arrested nationwide.
Sanctions imposed on Mexican cartel
The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions on Mexico's violent and growing Jalisco New Generation cartel a day after the gang mounted a bloody ambush that killed 15 Mexican police officers. The cartel and a related gang, the Cuinis, were placed on the U.S. Foreign Narcotics Kingpin list. The designation seizes property of the gangs and their leaders in the U.S. and prohibits U.S. citizens from transactions with them. U.S. officials said they are "among the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in Mexico."
U.S. humanitarian worker deported
North Korea said that it would deport an American woman, Sandra Suh, after determining she had "engaged in plot-breeding and propaganda" against the country during frequent visits over 20 years "under the pretense of humanitarianism." An official news agency said Suh had committed the offenses during her travels to the country since 1998. She is the founder of the Los Angeles-based Wheat Mission Ministries. Suh was originally from the Pyongyang area and fled south during the Korean War. North Korea has detained and then released several Westerners who were devout Christians, including missionary Kenneth Bae and Jeffrey Fowle, an Ohio man who intentionally left a Bible in a hotel room.