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Young Immigrants Seeking Refuge from Abuse Face Denials

The Associated Press reports on the increase in denials of applications for special immigrant juvenile status following USCIS’s change to how it handles cases involving immigrant children who turned 18 before their paperwork had been completed. Lawsuits have been filed in New York and California to challenge the policy change and denials.

CE Wrongly Flagged an American Citizen to Be Deported, so a Florida Sheriff’s Department Detained Him for Weeks. Now He’s Suing.

Insider reports on Peter Brown, a U.S. citizen born in Philadelphia, who was held by Florida’s Monroe County Sheriff’s Office on an ICE detainer and told he would soon be transferred to a prison in Jamaica, a country he had only visited once on a cruise

ICE Releases Information on Detainees Who Have Died in Custody

In compliance with congressional requirements described in the FY2018 DHS Appropriations Bill, ICE has provided reports regarding in-custody detainee deaths beginning in FY2018. According to a report by Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and Detention Watch Network, “More people died in immigration detention in fiscal year 2017 than any year since 2009” and immigration detainee deaths are “linked to dangerously inadequate medical care.”

New York Times: Whistle-Blowers Say Detaining Migrant Families ‘Poses High Risk of Harm’

The New York Times reports that as the Trump administration moves to expand family detention, two of the government’s own medical consultants sent a letter to the Senate’s Whistleblower Protection Caucus detailing a series of 10 investigations over the past four years that “frequently revealed serious compliance issues resulting in harm to children.”

What is the U.S. coming to: 10-Year-Old Immigrant Is Detained After Agents Stop Her on Way to Surgery

The New York Times reports that a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy has been detained by federal immigration authorities in Texas after she passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint on her way to a hospital to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery. The girl, Rosamaria Hernandez, who was brought to the United States without documentation to live in Laredo, Texas, when she was three months old, was being transferred from a medical center in Laredo to a hospital in Corpus Christi around 2:00 am on Tuesday when Border Patrol agents stopped the ambulance she was riding in. The agents allowed her to continue to hospital but followed the ambulance the rest of the way there, then waited outside her room until she was released from the hospital.

ICE Not Following Its Own Rules on Releasing Pregnant People

There are indications that ICE has revoked a policy issued in August 2016 recommending that pregnant people “generally not be detained” and is currently detaining pregnant people “at the rate of one per day.” Cases of pregnant women being detained by ICE have been detailed in an administrative complaint filed with DHS on behalf of these women.

Immigration Raids Are Sweeping Up More People Who Weren’t Targets

TIME reports that undocumented immigrants are being swept up in immigration raids targeting their friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Under the Trump administration’s new enforcement priorities, ICE is instructed to detain and deport anyone who is in the country illegally, which means even so-called “non-targets” are ending up in custody after a raid.

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