Posted in Coronavirus ICE News Pro Publica

As coronavirus infections spread, so have clashes between ICE detainees and guards

At ICE detention camps across the country, unrest is growing as detainees warn that dirty conditions and a disturbing lack of soap and other supplies could allow coronavirus to run rampant. by Julián Aguilar, The Texas…

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Posted in ICE Immigration Pro Publica While we were looking elsewhere

ICE detainee says migrants are going on a hunger strike for soap

In audio obtained by ProPublica, an ICE detainee described harrowing conditions as fears over coronavirus spread. The ICE detention center in New Jersey gives detainees one bar of soap per week. If they want more, they…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus ICE Immigration Justice News Public Health Public Policy

Coronavirus turning ICE detention into ‘death camps,’ groups rallying to free families, held around country

“ICE is making the pandemic more dangerous for everyone.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer As legal advocates filed an emergency suit on behalf of families and children detained by ICE, activists around the U.S. demonstrated against…

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Posted in Coronavirus ICE Immigration News Pro Publica

ICE has repeatedly failed to contain contagious diseases

Our Analysis Shows. It’s a Danger to the Public. ProPublica reviewed more than 70 reports detailing deaths in ICE detention over the last decade and found staff often break strict rules for testing contagious diseases. At…

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Posted in Courts/justice Immigration Justice News Pro Publica

Immigration Courts are telling employees to come to work — Ignoring health risks and local shelter-in-place orders

Interviews with 10 workers at immigration courts around the country reveal fear, contradictory messages and continuing perils for the employees. by Dara Lind March 20, 3:48 p.m. MST On Tuesday night — over a day after…

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Posted in Coronavirus Immigration Labor News Public Health Reveal

How federal agencies put immigrants and immigration workers at risk amid coronavirus

By Patrick Michels, Laura C. Morel and Aura Bogado / March 17, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay…

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Posted in Courts/justice Family Separation Immigration National News

Scathing new government report on Trump family separation policy

“This report shows that high-level officials chose to ignore the warnings about the harms of family separation. It also raises serious questions about whether the lack of interagency communication has still not been fixed. Thousands of…

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Posted in Courts/justice Immigration News

ACLU challenges new border wall funds transfer

by Meteor staff Feb 28, 2020 The American Civil Liberties Union filed a new lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s transfer of an additional $3.8 billion in military funds for border wall construction. Congress did not…

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Posted in Asylum Courts/justice Deportation Immigration News

Ninth Circuit blocks Trump forced return to Mexico policy

Yesterday a federal appeals court blocked the Trump administration’s policy that forced asylum seekers to return to Mexico and remain there indefinitely while their asylum applications were processed in the United States. The injunction is effective immediately….

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Posted in Asylum Courts/justice Immigration News

Ninth Circuit tells Trump Admin to stop denying asylum seekers for crossing at unofficial locations

  By Meteor Staff Feb 28, 2020 A federal appeals court (9th Circuit in San Francisco) has upheld a block on the Trump administration’s attempt to restrict asylum applications to ports of entry. The lawsuit, East…

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Posted in Deportation ICE Immigration Politics Public Policy

‘This is a nightmare’: Trump accused of weaponizing DOJ with new task force focused on stripping US Citizenship

“Of all the dystopian shit—a department of denaturalization at DOJ might take the biscuit.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer  CommonDreams Feb 27, 2020 Rights advocates expressed outrage and severe concerns after the U.S. Department of Justice…

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Posted in Columns Hightower Immigration OtherWords

The embarrassing fall of Trump’s wall

A climbing group in Kentucky built a replica of Trump’s wall. One climber topped it in 13 seconds. Another did it while juggling. By Jim Hightower | February 26, 2020 Big, high walls can be troublesome….

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Posted in Courts/justice Immigration National News

Students raise $10,000 to get classmate released from Immigrant Detention Center

Students from Crystal Lake Central High school decided to take matters into their own hands when one of their own was facing deportation. Together, the students and staff of Crystal Lake Central High School raised over…

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Posted in Common Dreams Deportation Immigration News Policing

‘These are the Bad Times’: Trump to deploy heavily armed Border Patrol tactical units to help with immigration arrests in Sanctuary Cities

“It is unbelievable how much this action will undermine public safety. Unbelievable.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer, CommonDreams In a move that appears destined to escalate tension between the White House and opponents, President Donald Trump…

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Posted in Immigration News Policing Pro Publica Public Policy

Border Patrol Officials dodged Congress’ questions about migrant children’s deaths

The chair of a House Homeland Security subcommittee reprimanded Border Patrol officials for concealing information about migrant children’s deaths. Officials did not respond to the chairwoman’s criticism. by Robert Moore, special to ProPublica Jan. 14, 5:38…

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Posted in Courts/justice ICE Immigration News The Conversation

Hundreds of county jails detained immigrants for ICE

To hold immigrant detainees for ICE, state and local governments enter into agreements with ICE known as Intergovernmental Service Agreements. These agreements require ICE to pay the local government per diem for each bed that the…

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Posted in Deportation El Salvador Human Rights Immigration News Off the wire Social Justice The Conversation world

Deported to death: US sent 138 Salvadorans home to be killed

At least 138 people deported from the United States to El Salvador since 2013 have been killed, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch, which investigates human rights abuses worldwide.   Updated February 7,…

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Natalie Hoffman, Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse, and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick were convicted of federal misdemeanors for leaving food and water in the desert for migrants. (Photo: @NoMoreDeaths/Twitter)
Posted in Arizona Courts/justice Immigration News Off the wire

Rejecting ‘profoundly disturbing’ logic, judge reverses convictions of AZ border humanitarians

This is the second time in recent months that a federal judge has granted a faith-based defense raised by volunteers prosecuted for providing aid to migrants traveling through the dangerous Arizona desert. By Jessica Corbett, staff…

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Posted in 2020 Census Computer science Immigration News Off the wire Voter suppression

The Census Bureau is building Trump a huge list of noncitizens. Will it be secure?

By Will Carless / February 1, 2020 When the Supreme Court ruled in June that the Trump administration could not place a citizenship question on the 2020 census, civil rights advocates breathed a sigh of relief….

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Posted in Analysis Immigration Mexico Off the wire

Sociologist Jeremy Slack on the Horrors that Await Immigrants Deported from the U.S.

Slack led a massive research effort to learn what happens to those whom immigration authorities deport and dump all along the Mexican border. By Lise Olsen,  Feb 4, 2020,  As an 18-year-old freshman at the University…

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Posted in Child Welfare Immigration National News Off the wire Politics Pro Publica Social Justice

Zero Tolerance: “Women to one side, men to the other”: how the Border Patrol’s new powers and old carelessness separated a family

Under Trump, Border Patrol agents wield nearly unchecked power over the fate of migrants — and their seemingly random decisions can cleave families apart. by Dara Lind, ProPublica Jan. 31, Mirza had a sense of foreboding…

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Posted in Common Dreams Immigration Off the wire Politics The West

‘Nobody can build like I can build. Nobody’: watch winds knock down Trump border wall

“What a perfect visual metaphor for a presidency fuelled by hot air.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Mother Nature: 1. President Donald Trump: 0. That’s the scorecard from the southern border after gusts of wind of…

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Posted in Courts/justice DACA News Off the wire SCOTUS Youth

Supreme Court DACA decision isn’t just about Dreamers — it’s about whether the White House has to tell the truth

Morgan Marietta, University of Massachusetts Lowell The fate of 700,000 people facing deportation may hang on a new question facing the U.S. Supreme Court: Is the White House legally obligated to tell the whole truth when…

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Posted in Child Welfare Courts/justice Immigration National News Politics Pro Publica

Six children died in Border Patrol care. Democrats in Congress want to know why.

Video obtained by ProPublica contradicted the Border Patrol’s account of 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez’s death. Now, House Democrats are pressuring the agency to explain why six migrant children died under its care in less than…

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