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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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)
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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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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)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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