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Houston Chronicle — Opinion: Cuban ICE Detainee Exposes Unsafe Texas Facilities, Pleads for Release to Help Battle Coronavirus

The Houston Chronicle features an op-ed by Roger Ernesto La O Muñoz, a Cuban asylum seeker who is currently detained in the Joe Corley Detention Facility in Conroe, Texas. As a college graduate with a degree in hygiene and epidemiology, he writes on behalf of 55 fellow detainees to send a message to the president, immigration judges, human rights organizations, and the American public that he and the other detainees find themselves “in a concentration camp with death orders from COVID-19.”

Immigration officials are going to court to get Denver records on arrested immigrants.

After Denver refused to turn over name, address, and arrest information on 3 immigrants accused of crimes, federal immigration officials have taken the matter to court. Immigration officials have asked a federal judge to enforce their subpoenas, and Denver said they will not comply unless a judge deems the subpoenas appropriate. Two of the men accused of crimes have been released, while one is still being held.

A judge ordered an immigration detention hotline to be restored.

In August 2019, a hotline run by the nonprofit Freedom for Immigrants was shut down shortly after it was featured in the Netflix show Orange is the New Black. The hotline was one on a list of calls detainees could make for free and without being monitored. ICE had said the hotline was shut down because the nonprofit used the line to have 3-way calls with detainees and their families, which was prohibited. On February 11, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction and ordered the government to reinstate the hotline. It is unclear what the timeline for the restoration will be.

Mumps, Other Outbreaks Force U.S. Detention Centers to Quarantine over 2,000 Migrants

Reuters reports that as of March 7, a total of 2,287 ICE detainees were quarantined around the country. At a privately run immigration detention center in Aurora, CO, 357 people have been quarantined following eight confirmed and five suspected cases of mumps detected since February. Westword reports that there’s only one medical doctor at the Aurora facility

SPLC Sues Over Lack of Access to Counsel in Immigration Detention Centers

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a lawsuit last week in federal district court challenging immigration detainees’ lack of access to counsel in the LaSalle, Irwin, and Stewart detention centers.

Court Affirms Preliminary Injunction Ordering CBP to Improve Conditions in Holding Cells

In Doe v. Kelly, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion affirming the preliminary injunctionissued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, which found that CBP is violating the constitutional rights of Tucson Sector immigration detainees and ordered CBP to take certain steps to improve conditions in its Tucson Sector holding facilities.

Family Detention facility giving below average care to the detainees

Several of the women being held in family detention in Karnes City, Texas, are pregnant. According to the article, the women stated that they learned about their pregnancies after being given a urine test soon after admission, and one of the women stated that she had not received any off-site medical care for her pregnancy.

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