Unaccompanied Minors

A federal court in California granted final approval of a settlement in a class action brought by three immigrant teenagers who were detained by the government, released to a parent or sponsor and subsequently rearrested on largely “uncorroborated” allegations of gang affiliation and detained without hearing in high-security centers in Virginia and California.

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Feds Can’t Back Out of Landmark Deal Protecting Immigrant Children

The Trump administration failed to satisfy the requirements of a landmark settlement when it sought to impose new rules governing the detention and release of immigrant children in federal custody and therefore cannot terminate the agreement, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Tuesday.

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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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Immigrant Detainees

A federal court in California denied a request to establish a dispute resolution process for medically vulnerable detainees who remain in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at the Otay Mesa Detention Center. The facility has resumed accepting new immigrant detainees, including some who have tested positive for Covid-19, but the warden says the new detainees are quarantined and do not interact with the medically vulnerable individuals.

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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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