Report Details Abuse and Medical Neglect at Immigrant Detention Centers

A report released Thursday by immigration watchdogs shines an unflattering light on the Trump administration’s treatment of asylum seekers and detainees, finding a lack of adequate medical care and oversight at detention centers as the number of facilities and detainees grows.

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Trump Shuts Down Asylum at the Border

A U.S. Border Patrol agent wouldn’t let Jackeline Reyes explain why she and her 15-year-old daughter need political asylum, blaming the coronavirus. That confrontation in Texas came just days after the Trump administration quietly shut down the nation’s asylum system for the first time in decades in the name of public health.

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Pandemic and ICE Hamper Catholics’ Aid to Refugees

For years, Catholic-led, U-S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support asylum-seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of which now must take place in Mexico.

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Ninth Circuit Refuses Trump Request to Undo Block of Asylum Ban

The Ninth Circuit on Thursday refused to lift a federal judge’s block of the so-called asylum ban from applying to people who had arrived at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border before the ban took effect last summer, guaranteeing thousands of asylum seekers can’t be deemed ineligible before they’re even interviewed by federal agents.

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Jail Statistics Give the Lie to Trump Asylum Policy

Many U.S. holding cells along the Mexican border were less than half full, even empty, during an unprecedented surge of asylum-seeking families from Central America, newly unsealed court documents show, raising questions about the Trump administration’s claims that it had to make people wait in Mexico because it didn’t have the means to accommodate them.

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