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Judge Denies Attempt to Stop Order Requiring Release of Children in Immigration Custody

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Judge Denies Attempt to Stop Order Requiring Release of Children in Immigration Custody

Priscilla Alvarez & Caroline Kelly, CNN (July 26, 2020)

Federal judge, Dolly Gee, put a halt to the Trump administration’s attempt to stop or pause the release of children from ICE custody. Gee outlined that ICE must meet one of three requirements to release children: release families together, release children to a sponsor, or release families based on a court order, and ICE was using these standards to delay the order. However, Gee also demanded children must be released in a timely manner.

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A Rare Look Inside Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Draws Legal Threats

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Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times  (July 24, 2020)

Filmmakers, Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz, were granted rare access to Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities where they followed stories of immigrants navigating the immigration system. The filmmakers also caught unethical tactics and behavior of ICE officials on camera. Now, their six-part documentary, “Immigration Nation,” is being met with challenges from various officials to prevent its airing before the November election.

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Nearly 75% of Detainees at US Immigration Facility in Virginia Have Coronavirus

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Nearly 75% of Detainees at US Immigration Facility in Virginia Have Coronavirus

Priscilla Alvarez, CNN (July 23, 2020)

Of the 360 immigrations detained in an Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Farmville, VA, 238 are confirmed to have COVID. Spikes in numbers are attributed to ICE’s attempt to decrease density in facilities by moving people around. Advocates fear ICE is not able to properly quarantine people with COVID in their facilities. Thus, ICE and its facilities are facing lawsuits.

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Despite Judge’s Order, Migrant Children Remain Detained Amid COVID Outbreak

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Despite Judge’s Order, Migrant Children Remain Detained Amid COVID Outbreak

Jacob Soboroff, CBS News (July 23, 2020)

Despite the U.S. District Judge, Dolly Gee order to release all children in ICE custody that have surpassed the length of stay outlined in the Flores settlement, 394 parents and children remain in custody. Two legal agencies have petitioned for Trump and ICE to release families together and eliminate the newfound practice of binary choice for families – let children remain in detention and run the risk of catching COVID or separating from their children while parents remain in custody.

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AP Exclusive: Migrant Kids Held in US Hotels, Then Expelled

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AP Exclusive: Migrant Kids Held in US Hotels, Then Expelled

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press (July 22, 2020)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is working with a private contractor to house unaccompanied minor children in three Hampton Inn & Suites in Arizona and Texas before they are officially deported. Advocates are concerned about the welfare of the children, and ICE has referred to the company largely in charge of monitoring and caring for the children as “transportation specialists.”

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A Judge Ordered the US to Accept New DACA Applications. It’s Unclear if the Trump Administration Will

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A Judge Ordered the US to Accept New DACA Applications. It’s Unclear if the Trump Administration Will

Catherine E. Schoichet, CNN (July 21, 2020)

After the Supreme Court denied Trump’s attempt to dissolve DACA, a federal judge ordered USCIS to process applications pre-Trump’s order; meaning they must accept new DACA applications. However, some DACA applicants have received rejection notices without justification and advocates are concerned the USCIS is not complying with these updated orders.

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How the Trump Administration is Turning Legal Immigrants into Undocumented Ones

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How the Trump Administration is Turning Legal Immigrants into Undocumented Ones

Catherine Rampell, Washington Post (July 9, 2020)

In June, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ended a contract with a company that was responsible for printing legal permanent resident cards and greatly reduced the capacity of another company. Immigrants and their attorneys waiting for green cards are left in confusion over the new delays.

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Millions of U.S. Citizens Could Be Excluded under Trump Plan to Remove Unauthorized Immigrants from Census Data

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Millions of U.S. Citizens Could Be Excluded under Trump Plan to Remove Unauthorized Immigrants from Census Data

Randy Capps, Jennifer Van Hook, & Julia Gelatt, Migration Policy Institute (July 2020)

Trump recently announced a move to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the 2020 U.S. Census data. MPI predicts that nearly 20 million U.S. Citizens might be excluded from the data since no foolproof way exists to discern an undocumented immigrant from documented ones.

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