From CBS News A group representing immigration attorneys sued the federal government Monday to stop in-person immigration hearings and to obtain better protection for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) said the government has refused to guarantee the safety of their members as well as due process for immigrants. […]

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From Texas Monthly In the days since the president declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, the coronavirus has effectively turned Texas on its head. Schools have closed, bars and restaurants have been limited to takeout service, and gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited. But inside the walls of the South Texas Detention […]

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Migrants in often-crowded facilities are quarantined, though no cases are yet confirmed

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Trump administration policies that discourage immigrants from coming forward could hamper efforts to contain the epidemic.

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“COVID-19 does not discriminate between a DHS trial attorney, private counsel, the respondents or court employees,” one union representative said.

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Agency called for SWAT teams to "knock on doors" in cities that bar local law enforcement from assisting federal immigration authorities.

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Commercial database that maps movements of millions of cellphones is deployed by immigration and border authorities

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A series of federal immigration raids swept up nearly 700 undocumented workers, creating opportunities — and some ethical concerns — for American-born residents. Read the rest of the New York Times story.

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Immigration attorneys say pricey commissary goods are part of a broader strategy by private prisons to harness cheap inmate labor that lowers operating costs and boosts profits.

Immigrants and activists say facilities such as those owned by Boca Raton, Fla.-based Geo Group Inc., the nation’s largest for-profit corrections company, deliberately skimp on essentials, even food, to coerce detainees to labor for pennies an hour to supplement meager rations.

Read the rest of the Reuters story here.

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Despite acknowledging that they “dropped the ball” by releasing more than 200 asylum seekers onto the streets of El Paso without money or means of transportation—or without warning local officials—Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials said they plan to release hundreds more over Christmas, U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke told Texas Monthly Monday. The move over the holiday has […]

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Seven days a week, Martha Lopez arrived before dawn at the Target in Brentwood, Tennessee, to make sure the store in the Nashville suburb gleamed for shoppers. For about two years, Lopez said, she emptied trash, scrubbed the toilets and polished the white floors to maintain the “wet look” the retailer demands. The pay wasn’t […]

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