Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education ICE News

Lawmakers demand Trump rescind plan to force international students out of US

“ICE’s arbitrary new policy is irrational and xenophobic, and risks the health of students, faculty, and staff.” Even though NAU students will be affected by the ICE move US Rep. O’Halleran did not sign the letter….

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Posted in Coronavirus ICE News

As colleges resort to online learning, ICE issues rule pushing international students out of US

“The Trump administration is using ICE to threaten universities into teaching in person by threatening international students with deportation if they’re all online.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, July 6 Immigrant rights advocates were angered…

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Protesters holding a banner reading, "U.S. Immigration Policy Is A Crime" at a silent protest in January 2020. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus ICE Immigration Justice News

Cuban asylum seeker describes vicious pepper spray attack on hunger strikers at ICE detention facility

More than 2,000 migrants and refugees in U.S. detention facilities have contracted Covid-19 as advocates demand their release. by Julia Conley, staff writer Saturday, July 4 A Cuban asylum-seeker on Thursday described a “shocking” pepper spray…

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Posted in Children Common Dreams Coronavirus Family Separation ICE

Judge orders release of children held by ICE

Advocates are calling on the agency to also immediately release parents. by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Saturday, June 27 A federal judge ruled Friday evening that immigrant children held in ICE detention must be released by…

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Posted in Asylum Common Dreams Deportation News SCOTUS

Betraying ‘bedrock principle’ of due process, Supreme Court allows fast-tracked deportations

“This decision means that some people facing flawed deportation orders can be forcibly removed with no judicial oversight, putting their lives in grave danger.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, June 25 The ACLU warned Thursday…

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DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, denied the Trump administration's attempt to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (Photo: Drew Angerer)
Posted in DACA Justice News SCOTUS

Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to end DACA program

Dreamers Are Home “Today we celebrate and tomorrow we will continue to fight because Trump’s attacks on the immigrant community must end.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, June 18, 9 am Immigrant rights advocates celebrated…

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Posted in Deportation ICE Immigration Pro Publica

Advocates sue Trump Administration over mass border expulsions

The suit, which draws on ProPublica’s story illuminating the secretive policy, seeks to stop a 16-year-old boy from being expelled to Honduras and to reunite him with his father who’s already living in the U.S. by…

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Asylum-seeking children swing in a hammock along the banks of the Rio Grande at a migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, on May 15. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Asylum Coronavirus Deportation News Pro Publica

House Democrats demand Trump Administration stop rushing through deportations of migrant children

Democratic congressional leaders expressed alarm at the sudden acceleration and requested the government “cease this practice immediately.” by Lomi Kriel May 28, 5 a.m. CDT Democratic congressional leaders expressed alarm Wednesday at a sudden acceleration in…

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After seven months apart, a Salvadoran mother and her two young daughters were reunited in Houston in May, although the federal government is trying to deport the girls, both victims of sexual assault. (Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Asylum Coronavirus Deportation Family Separation News Pro Publica

The Trump Administration is rushing deportations of migrant children during coronavirus

Their father was missing. Their mother was miles away. Two sisters, ages 8 and 11, were survivors of sexual assault and at risk of deportation. With the nation focused on COVID-19, the U.S. government is rushing…

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A healthcare worker preps for a COVID-19 test at the drive-thru testing station in Alpine on April 25, 2020. Photo credit: Sarah M. Vasquez for The Texas Tribune
Posted in Coronavirus ICE Immigration News

Outbreak at private immigration detention center near Abilene

The outbreak at the Bluebonnet Detention Center in rural West Texas is the second-largest among the nation’s 49 immigration detention centers that have seen positive cases. by Texas Tribune Staff, The Texas Tribune May 23, 2020,…

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Posted in Art Audio Coronavirus ICE Immigration Podcast Reveal

‘If the virus makes it here, this place is a ticking time bomb’, a play and graphic short story

‘If the virus makes it here, this place is a ticking time bomb’ By Laura C. Morel, Thi Bui, Sarah Mirk and Amanda Pike / May 18, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from…

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Posted in Analysis Border Wall The Revelator

The Final Frontiers? A Call to Protect the Biodiversity on the Borders

President Trump’s notorious border wall is just one transboundary threat to the world’s wildlife. by John R. Platt April 30, 2020 Conservation experts have long warned that President Donald Trump’s pet border-wall project between the United…

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Posted in Coronavirus ICE News Pro Publica

This ICE detainee caught Coronavirus after asking to be released. A judge says he still shouldn’t be let go.

Sirous Asgari was shuttled across the country by ICE in mid-March, then held in a Louisiana prison with dozens of other men. All along, he pleaded to be released. by Yeganeh Torbati Friday, May 1, 11:31…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Millions of US citizens blocked from stimulus payments because they married immigrants

‘Deliberately Cruel’ “We’re flat broke. We don’t know what’s gonna happen.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, April 21, 2020 On Monday, reporting shed new light on the fact that millions of U.S. citizens are not eligible…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Immigration News

Trump tweets plan to suspend all immigration to US

“This isn’t about coronavirus or jobs. This is about this administration’s hate for immigrants.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Tuesday, April 21, 2020 President Donald Trump declared in a tweet late Monday…

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Posted in DACA ICE Immigration News Pro Publica

ICE Has Access to DACA Recipients’ Personal Information Despite Promises Suggesting Otherwise, Internal Emails Show

Trump promised that information from DACA applications would not be sent to deportation agents. But internal emails show that ICE can access databases where that information is kept — and DHS decided not to tell Congress….

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Posted in Citizen Wealth Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Ripple effects on remittances

New Orleans    One thing leads to another. Easy to say, but hard to endure, especially when it comes to the economic damage that keeps spreading from the pandemic shutdowns. This is the real trickledown economics,…

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Posted in AZ Center for Investigative Reporting Coronavirus ICE News Off the wire

La Palma cases increase after ICE assured judge of no suspected cases

  By Jude Joffe-Block and Valeria Fernández April 16, 2020 PHOENIX – Three days after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials claimed in court filings that there were no longer any active or suspected COVID-19 cases…

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Protestors drive by and honk their horns outside of the Eloy Detention Center, a private immigration detention facility in Eloy, Arizona on Friday, April 10, 2020. (Photo by Nicole Neri | AZCIR)
Posted in AZ Center for Investigative Reporting Coronavirus Human Rights ICE Immigration News Off the wire

Tensions skyrocket as COVID-19 fears grip Arizona detention center

Advocacy groups, attorneys and medical experts are putting pressure on federal immigration officials to release detainees because of fears of COVID-19. On Friday, hundreds of protesters drove around the La Palma Correctional Center and the nearby…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Courts ICE Immigration News

Federal judge orders ICE to release detained immigrants at heightened risk for COVID-19

“It is unfortunate we had to resort to the courts for this relief; ICE should be doing this on its own,” said the San Francisco public defender. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer In a ruling celebrated…

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The Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center is run by The GEO Group, one of the nation’s largest private prison contractors. (CREDIT: Patrick Michels/Reveal)
Posted in Coronavirus ICE Immigration News Public Policy Reveal

Inside ICE lockdown: Face masks made of socks, no hand sanitizer and growing tensions

During his shifts in the kitchen, he and other detainees would speak about the supervisor who kept coughing. Between meals, it’s Iglesias’ job to wipe down the tables where detainees eat. He wished he had disinfectant…

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Posted in Coronavirus Deportation Immigration News Pro Publica

Democratic Senators demand answers on Trump’s secretive border expulsions

After ProPublica’s report, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee ask the Department of Homeland Security to explain why it thinks emergency powers granted to the CDC allow it to bypass existing asylum laws. by Dara Lind…

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Posted in Asylum Coronavirus Immigration News Pro Publica

Leaked Border Patrol memo tells agents to send migrants back immediately — ignoring asylum law

Citing little-known power given to the CDC to ban entry of people who might spread disease and ignoring the Refugee Act of 1980, an internal memo has ordered Border Patrol agents to push the overwhelming majority…

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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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