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Ten Transgender Women Seeking Asylum Just Won Their Immigration Cases After Months of Violence and Discrimination

CBS reports that 10 transgender women who were part of a roughly 80-member group of LGBTQ+ migrants from Central America recently won their asylum cases and were released from a detention center in Texas.

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.

Infants as Young as 5 Months Old Are Being Detained by ICE, Groups Claim

CBS News reports on a complaint filed yesterday, the American Immigration Council, and CLINIC regarding “an alarming increase in the number of infants” being held in ICE detention in Dilley, TX. The complaint states that infants have been subject to “lengthy delays in receiving medical attention and lack of appropriate follow-up treatment.” Physicians for Human Rights also sent a letter to DHS expressing “grave concern” about the infants’ detention and requesting their immediate release.

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

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.”

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.

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