House Democrats Urge Quick Release of Detained Immigrant Families

After a federal judge ruled last week that the Trump administration must release some immigrant children from detention centers because of coronavirus risks, House Democrats are now urging the administration to swiftly release all detained children and their parents together.

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Legal Services in Detention

A federal court in Washington granted a preliminary injunction to the Southern Poverty Law Center, ordering Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities to provide detainees telephone access so they can communicate with legal representatives, who are not able to visit in person because of Covid-19. The facilities must also ensure attorney-client confidentiality is maintained.

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Medically Vulnerable Immigrants Denied Release From ICE Facility

A group of medically vulnerable immigrants who are being held in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility with the worst Covid-19 outbreak in the nation cannot be released despite their claims about the risks of contracting the virus, a federal judge in California ruled Tuesday.

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Immigration Bribery

Jurors’ alleged misconduct during the trial of a senior U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney was not so serious that it affected the verdict, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The attorney, Constantine Peter Kallas, was convicted of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from immigrants who were promised they would be allowed to remain in the United States. 

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San Antonio Accuses Feds of Hiding Evidence in Sanctuary City Case

The city of San Antonio claims in a federal lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security that government officials helped the Texas attorney general build his case against the city over a sanctuary ban but stonewalled requests for evidence and testimony.

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