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Rights groups condemn ICE amid whistleblower’s allegations of unwarranted hysterectomies

‘Forced Sterilization Is Genocide’ The complaint alleges numerous health and safety violations in regards to Covid-19 in addition a disturbing number of procedures performed on detained women. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Tuesday, September 15 Human…

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Posted in Coronavirus ICE Investigations News Reveal

‘We sent 500 tests. They don’t answer calls’: Inside ICE’s coronavirus testing disaster

Internal emails show ICE rebuffed New Mexico public health officials offering to help contain COVID-19. by Patrick Michels and Laura C. Morel Thursday, September 10 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for…

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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Marine One for departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC., on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto)
Posted in Common Dreams Elections News Race for the White House 2020 Vote by mail

Sanders warns nation: Trump is laying groundwork for election result mayhem

“Trump is now using his lies and misinformation to sow confusion and chaos in the election process and undermine American democracy,” says the Vermont senator. by Jon Queally, staff writer Sunday, September 6 Warning of the…

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The 3-mile border fence along the shore of the Rio Grande will fail during extreme flooding, according to an engineering report that is set to be filed in federal court this week. (Brenda Bazán for The Texas Tribune)
Posted in Analysis Border Wall Immigration Pro Publica

New engineering report finds privately built border wall will fail

The report, set to be filed in federal court this week, confirms reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune that found portions of the wall were in danger of overturning if not fixed due to extensive…

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New reporting by the New York Times that border officials suggested using a "microwave weapon" to deter migrants prompted fierce outrage Wednesday. (Screenshot from Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Border Wall Common Dreams Immigration News

Trump border officials proposed ‘Heat Ray’ weapon to deter migrants

‘Unconscionable, But Unsurprising’ “Maximum cruelty and maximum harm: That is how this administration operates. It is their policy and their platform,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, August, 27, 2020 Reporting by…

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Posted in Border Wall Investigations News Pro Publica

Private border wall fundraisers have been arrested on fraud charges

Investigators say fundraisers for nonprofit We Build the Wall, including Steve Bannon and founder Brian Kolfage, lied to donors and pocketed funds. Trump has tried to distance himself from the group but Kolfage has bragged about…

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Steve Bannon speaks before introducing Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore during a campaign event at Oak Hollow Farm on December 5, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Posted in Border Wall Common Dreams Investigations News

Steve Bannon arrested for fraud related to role in privatized border wall scheme

The “We Build the Wall” campaign, led by Iraq War veteran Brian Kolfage, raised over $25 million. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, August 20, 2020 This is a breaking story and may be updated. Former…

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Paper dolls are held by demonstrators protesting outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington on July 17 to demand the release of immigrant families in detention centers at risk during the coronavirus pandemic. (Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images)
Posted in Coronavirus Deportation Family Separation ICE News Pro Publica

ICE is making sure migrant kids don’t have COVID-19 — Then expelling them to “prevent the spread” of COVID-19

The administration has used infection risk to justify expelling thousands of children without legal protections. But it’s only expelling kids who’ve tested negative. by Dara Lind and Lomi Kriel Monday, August 10 Since March, the Trump…

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A father, left, and his son, who was detained in an American hotel and faced expulsion to Honduras. (Carolina Guerrero for ProPublica and The Texas Tribune)
Posted in Asylum Deportation ICE Pro Publica

Her rapist threatened to make her “disappear.” Instead of asylum, ICE put her in a hotel and sent her back.

Thousands of migrant children — including babies — have been expelled by the Trump administration since March. Some have been held in hotels without access to lawyers or family. Advocates say many are now “virtually impossible”…

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Rain from Hurricane Hanna left a large trail of soil erosion beneath and around the privately funded border wall in South Texas. (James Hord for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Border Wall News Pro Publica

A privately funded border wall was already at risk of collapsing if not fixed. Hurricane Hanna made It worse.

Hurricane Hanna dumped torrential rainfall on a border wall that Trump supporters built, leaving gaping holes and waist-deep cracks on the banks of the Rio Grande that threaten the wall’s long-term stability. by Perla Trevizo and…

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Gashes and gullies at the fence’s foundation show potentially dangerous erosion. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Border Wall Investigations News Pro Publica

Eroding private border wall to get an engineering inspection just months after completion

Months after the “Lamborghini” of border walls was built along the Rio Grande, the builder agreed to an engineering inspection of his controversial structure. Experts say the wall is showing signs of erosion that threatens its…

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Gashes and gullies at the fence’s foundation show potentially dangerous erosion. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Border Wall Immigration Investigations News Pro Publica

He built a privately funded border wall and it’s already at risk of falling down.

  Trump supporters funded a private border wall on the banks of the Rio Grande, helping the builder secure $1.7 billion in federal contracts. Now the “Lamborghini” of border walls is in danger of falling into…

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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 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 Family Separation News Reveal

Families are standing by to take in migrant kids, but the government won’t let them out

By Aura Bogado / May 14, 2020   While the surrounding world has been transformed by the coronavirus, relatively little has changed inside the government-sponsored shelter for migrant children in Fairfield, California. Staffers at the facility,…

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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 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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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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