ICE Contractor Tasked With Immigration Arrests Faces Class Action

Instead of planning for her future once she is released from a California state prison, Gabriela Solano, who was brought to the United States when she was 2 years old, filed a class action complaint Monday seeking to prevent an ICE contractor from arresting her for deportation.

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Federal Prison

A former inmate may pursue her claims that she was sexually assaulted and enslaved by a captain at a federal prison, a federal court in West Virginia ruled. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency allegedly warned the woman to stop pursuing her civil case and the captain allegedly threatened her, telling her he could gather data on her family and affect her immigration status.

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Protected Speech

The Ninth Circuit ruled a lower court improperly denied an immigrant’s habeas petition, which argued that his arrest and re-detention was “retaliation for his protected speech.” The immigrant was re-arrested less than 36 hours after he read a poem that criticized Immigration and Customs Enforcement practices. The government has the burden to show that it “would have taken the same action even in the absence of the protected conduct.”

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ICE Questioned Over Ability to Keep Inmates Safe From Covid

A privately run detention center in Bakersfield, California currently barred from admitting new detainees, could resume intakes so long as it retains enough space to isolate those who are symptomatic or test positive for Covid-19, a health expert who specializes in congregate housing testified Thursday at a hearing on the center’s pandemic response.

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Judge Questions ICE Detention Center’s Covid-19 Plan

Three months after a Covid-19 outbreak infected more than half the detainees and a quarter of the staff at a privately run California detention center, a federal judge on Monday questioned why U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not enacted basic safety protocols to prevent another outbreak there.

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Covid-19 in Detention

A federal judge in California ordered the Adelanto Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center to reduce its detainee population by 50 detainees a day until its population is below 475, so that social distancing can be maintained during the Covid-19 pandemic. The judge wrote the court is “concerned with straight up dishonesty on the part of the Government’s counsel,” in the case.

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