Cover-Up

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement et al. in federal court to stop them from destroying “records documenting mistreatment of individuals detained in ICE custody, including records of detainee deaths, sexual assault and abuse, civil rights violations, inhumane solitary confinement practices, and violations of ICE detention standards.”

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Labor in Detention

A class action suit claiming that the operator of an immigration detention facility’s voluntary labor scheme violated the forced labor prohibition in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act may continue, the Eleventh Circuit ruled, finding that the act applies to “private for-profit contractors operating federal immigration detention facilities.”

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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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Immigration Detention Conditions Must Improve, Federal Judge Warns Border Patrol

Although the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol does the best it can with what it has, that might not be enough to avoid a ruling that conditions in the agency’s temporary holding cells violate the Constitution, a federal judge warned the government during closing arguments in a federal lawsuit.

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