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Senators Send Letter Urging DHS to Halt Detention Transfers and Expand Coronavirus Testing

NBC News recently reported that in the past several months, ICE has shuffled hundreds of people in its custody around the country, leading to COVID-19 outbreaks in facilities in four states. A group of senators sent a letter urging DHS to take immediate steps to halt the transfer of individuals in ICE custody between detention facilities and to expand COVID-19 testing at all ICE facilities. AILA endorsed the letter. Yesterday, the Senate’s Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on incarceration and detention during COVID-19, during which Dr. Scott Allen, a medical subject-matter expert in detention health for the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, gave testimony in his individual capacity to warn of the high potential for COVID-19 to spread through detention centers.

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.”

Judge Orders ICE to Consider Releasing All Immigrants at Risk of Dying if Infected by Coronavirus

CBS News reports that yesterday, a federal judge in California ordered ICE to actively and rapidly review the cases of all detained immigrants at increased risk of severe illness or death if they contract the coronavirus and determine whether they should be released. Coronavirus cases among the more than 31,000 immigrants held by ICE surged to 220 on Monday, with the agency reporting 96 new cases across the country. Join the Immigration Justice Campaign in calling on Congress to demand that ICE take steps to stem the spread of COVID-19 in detention facilities.

Court Revives Lawsuit of Students Caught in Fake University Visa Sting After Finding Order Terminating Their F‑1 Status Was Final Agency Action

The Third Circuit vacated the district court’s dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction of the claims of the appellants—students who had enrolled in a sham university created by DHS—holding that the order terminating their F‑1 visa status marked the consummation of ICE’s decision-making process, and therefore constituted a final order for the purposes of Administrative Procedure Act (APA) jurisdiction.
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They’re U.S. Citizens and Shouldn’t Fear Deportation. But They’re Carrying Their Passports Anyway
CNN reports on the growing trend of U.S. citizens carrying their passports out of fear they will be detained by ICE. A Texas-born teenager recently spent weeks in ICE detention after he was stopped at a CBP check point.

A 10-Year-Old Migrant Girl Died Last Year in Government Care, Officials Acknowledge

CBS News reports that a government official confirmed a previously unreported death of a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador while she was in the care of an Office of Refugee Resettlement facility last year. She was the first of six migrant children to die in U.S. custody — or soon after being released — in the past eight months.

District Court Orders Timely Bond Hearings for Detained Asylum Seekers

In Padilla v. ICE, the court issued a preliminary injunction requiring the government to provide certain detained asylum seekers with a bond hearing within seven days of a bond hearing request and to release those individuals whose detention time exceeds that limit.

Another win for the Law Offices of Brian D. Lerner

Client was detained at home by Immigration based on an old conviction for possession of a controlled substance for sale and placed in removal proceedings.  While in proceedings, our office was able to reduce Client’s sentence to possession only (pursuant to section 1473.7 of the California Penal Code), with no drug identified, and as a result, his removal proceedings were terminated and he was released from the Adelanto Detention Facility.  Client was able to keep his green card/permanent residency and return home to his US Citizen family members.

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.”

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