Saturday, July 31, 2021

ICE to end detention of undocumented pregnant women at the border

The U.S. immigration authorities will no longer detain migrants facing deportation if they are pregnant or recently gave birth, reversing a Trump-era immigration policy. The new directive announced that it doesn’t stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from initiating proceedings to deport women who are pregnant, nursing or have given birth within the past year. […]

ICE will Close Two Problematic Detention Centers in Georgia & Massachusetts

The Biden administration has decided to close Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers in Georgia and Massachusetts due to allegations of abusive treatment of immigrants. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas instructed ICE to terminate its contract with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office and transfer migrant detainees out of the C. Carlos Carreiro Immigrant Detention […]

Biden Choose Texas Sheriff, who Criticized Trump- era policies, for ICE Director

The White House announced that President Biden will nominate Texas Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez, a critic of former President Trump’s immigration policies, to serve as director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Sheriff Gonzalez has a decades long career in law enforcement. He criticized the Trump administration for its stances on border and emergency management issues, […]

EPA Says that Private Prison Company Poisoned Immigrants at ICE Facility for a Decade

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have found that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility operated by the private prison company GEO Group has been poisoning detained immigrants for nearly a decade. This week, the EPA issued a final report following a seven-month long investigation that revealed the Adelanto Detention Facility in California has […]

Almost a Dozen Immigrants Detained in Solitary Confinement for More than Two Months

According to a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, nearly a dozen immigrants were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and kept in solitary confinement for more then two months. According to the inspection report of the Imperial Regional Detention Facility in Calexico, California,  officials used solitary confinement as a long- term solution for […]

ICE announces International students may need to leave the country if universities only offer online classes

International students who are pursuing degrees in the United States will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only courses, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced yesterday. The move may affect thousands of foreign students who come to the United States to attend universities or participate in training programs, as well […]

Migrant children in Chicago-area shelters infected with coronavirus

There are at least 37 confirmed cases of coronavirus among minors in U.S. custody at a Chicago-area migrant housing center, CBS News reported yesterday. Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit that operates shelters in the Chicago area for unaccompanied migrant children, told CBS that more than half of the 69 minors housed in their facilities have tested positive for the virus. Mailee […]

ICE pausing most immigration enforcement amid coronavirus crisis

Immigration authorities will halt most enforcement across the U.S., shifting efforts to deport only foreign nationals who have committed crimes or pose a threat to public safety, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said yesterday. The agency said it will “temporarily adjust” its enforcements, specifically saying people should not avoid seeking “medical care because they fear civil […]

Democrats press for ICE reforms after fake school report

Calls for structural reform of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are growing in the wake of revelations that the agency created a fake school to lure foreign students to violate immigration laws. House Democrats say the law enforcement agency’s mission is too broad and its culture corrupt, but they’ve stopped short of calling for the […]

Cuban asylum seeker apparently commits suicide while in ICE custody

A Cuban migrant died of an apparent suicide at a Louisiana detention center after spending months in detention while his immigration case played out in court, authorities said yesterday. Roylan Hernandez-Diaz, 43, died Tuesday at the Richwood Correctional Center in Richwood, Louisiana, ICE said in a statement. Hernandez-Diaz was found unresponsive in his cell and […]