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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.

Court Limits Attorney General’s Discretion to Use Mandatory Detention Provision

An equally divided en banc First Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, holding that the bar to bonded release found in the detention mandate in INA §236(c) applies only to those specified criminal undocumented immigrants whom the Attorney General took into custody when they were released from criminal custody. The court concluded that the two petitioners were not taken into immigration custody when they were released from criminal custody, because they had been released from criminal custody years before their immigration custody began. As a result, the court found that the detention mandate did not bar either petitioner from seeking release on bond pursuant to the Attorney General’s discretionary release authority.

Immigration getting hit because bad treatment upon woman and children

The government to comply with U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee’s July 24, 2015, ruling concerning the inhumane detention of mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution. In a press release, the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Projectnoted the government’s noncompliance with the ruling, and called on the government to “immediately cease [the] abhorrent practice” of family detention. The CARA Project also provided a fact sheet on the Flores litigation, covering key points from Judge Gee’s ruling, and discussing what is likely to happen next in the case.

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