Immigration Detention

A federal court in California enjoined the City of McFarland and for-profit prison firm Geo Group from accepting federal immigration detainees at two private prisons. Adding or transferring detainees at this time could spread Covid-19 and “serious questions remain” about whether the city sufficiently allowed the public to be heard during public meetings about the issue.

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Rapid-Result Covid Tests Ordered for All Immigrants at For-Profit Detention Center

In a brief but pointed ruling Thursday, a federal judge ordered rapid Covid-19 testing of all immigrants being held by Immigration & Customs Enforcement at its Mesa Verde facility in Bakersfield, California — a process that ICE and the private contractor that runs the facility have avoided for months.

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Legal Groups Sue US for Secretly Placing Immigrant Children in Texas Hotel

Hilton Hotels & Resorts denounced late Friday the use of a South Texas Hampton Inn as a detainment center for migrant children, the same day civil rights attorneys sued the government after going viral on social media when they tried to contact the children and were forcibly thrown out of the hotel by three men who refused to identify themselves.

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Justice Department Asks Federal Judge to Terminate Flores Agreement

Following a group of nonprofit legal groups seeking to intervene earlier this week, the Justice Department asked a federal judge Thursday to decertify the class in the Flores class action that deals with the detention of immigrant children and terminate the settlement agreement.

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Judge Denies Release of Immigrant Detainees in California’s Covid-19 Hotspot

Calling the Imperial Regional Detention Facility “a lone bright spot for Imperial County,” a federal judge Wednesday declined the American Civil Liberty Union’s request to order the release of at-risk immigration detainees in the facility, which despite being in the center of California’s coronavirus hotspot, has only had two detainees test positive for Covid-19.

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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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