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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.

Judge Orders CBP to Overhaul the Way the Agency Detains People in the Tucson Sector

U.S. District Judge David C. Bury found that the conditions in CBP holding cells in the Tucson Sector violate the U.S. Constitution and ordered that CBP can no longer hold individuals for over 48 hours without providing a bed, blanket, shower, meals that meet acceptable dietary standards, and a medical assessment

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.

U.S. News and World Report: Supreme Court to Consider Indefinite Detention for Immigrants

This U.S. News and World Report article reports that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday over whether immigrants facing deportation can be detained indefinitely for months or even years without a hearing. The case, Jennings v. Rodriguez, could have broad implications for President-elect Donald Trump’s proposals to step up immigration enforcement and ramp up deportations. If the respondents prevail, the Supreme Court could require mandatory bond hearings for detained immigrants nationwide. If the government wins, however, tens of thousands of people could be exposed to potentially indefinite periods of immigration detention.

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