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Our Immigration Policy Has Done Terrible Damage to Kids

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Our Immigration Policy Has Done Terrible Damage to Kids

Lucy Bassett & Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Scientific American (December 1, 2020)

This article highlights four recommendations for the Biden-Harris administration to prevent further trauma to immigrant children in the U.S., related to family reunification, children’s development, care and custody of children, and social safety nets for immigrant children and families.

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Judge Requires the Government to Explain Why Undisclosed Data on Missing Separated Parents Was Not Provided Sooner

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Judge Requires the Government to Explain Why Undisclosed Data on Missing Separated Parents Was Not Provided Sooner

Jasmine Aguilera, TIME (December 3, 2020)

A federal judge is ordering the government to explain why the data regarding missing separated parents was not provided earlier. The hope is that this data could help reunite separated families by sharing information about phone numbers and addresses that could locate the parents of these children.

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A Trump Immigration Policy Is Leaving Families Hungry

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A Trump Immigration Policy Is Leaving Families Hungry

Zolan Kanno-Youngs, The New York Times (December 4, 2020)

Relief agencies are facing new challenges to meet demand as undocumented immigrants with citizen children are heading to food pantries instead of participating in federal assistance programs, such as receiving food stamps–another example of the ramifications of the public charge rule expansion under the Trump administration.

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Sixty-nine percent of undocumented immigrant workers have jobs ‘essential’ to fighting Covid, says study

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Sixty-nine percent of undocumented immigrant workers have jobs ‘essential’ to fighting Covid, says study

Julia Ainsley, NBC News (December 16, 2020)

The pro-immigration reform group FWD.US. recently released a study based on the 2019 American Community Survey that found that over two-thirds of undocumented immigrant workers are in frontline jobs that are deemed essential in the fight against COVID-19 in the U.S.

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Mixed-Status Immigrant Families Eligible for Stimulus Checks in COVID Relief Bill

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Mixed-Status Immigrant Families Eligible for Stimulus Checks in COVID Relief Bill

Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News (December 22, 2020)

The recently passed $900 billion COVID relief bill will include mixed-status immigrant families with undocumented family members, making them eligible to receive stimulus checks, which they were not able to receive with the first stimulus package last spring. Mixed-status families with one Social Security Number-holder will also become retroactively eligible for the checks that were a part of the CARES Act.

Families like this one were torn apart at the border. The U.S. still hasn’t made things right.

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Families like this one were torn apart at the border. The U.S. still hasn’t made things right. 

Catherine RampellWashington Post (November 23, 2020) 

In 2017, mother and son Leticia and Yovany traveled from Guatemala and crossed the Rio Grande to seek asylum in the United States. Soon after, they were detained and separated. Speaking to Catherine Rampell of The Washington Post, Leticia and Yovany describe the trauma of such separation, something her son likened to “being a flower without water” and call on the U.S. government and the American public to redress the harm done to them and countless other families.   

ICE Expelled 33 Immigrant Children Back to Guatemala After A Judge Said They Couldn’t

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ICE Expelled 33 Immigrant Children Back to Guatemala After A Judge Said They Couldn’t 

Hamed AleazizBuzzFeed News (November 24, 2020) 

Despite a preliminary injunction issued on November 18th that blocked the Trump administration from turning back unaccompanied children at the border, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) flight with 33 children took off for Guatemala. ICE officials claim that they were not aware of the ruling at the time the flight departed. However, immigration advocates have stated that the children should be brought back to the United States due to the judge’s decision.   

The Real Border Crisis: Childhood Trauma from Family Separations

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The Real Border Crisis: Childhood Trauma from Family Separations 

Jessica Blatt, Borgen Magazine (November 15, 2020) 

In this piece, Jessica Blatt traces the intersecting traumas that immigrant children experience from the countries they leave behind to their detention at the border of a country they believed they could seek refuge in. The longstanding, compounding traumas these children face are, according to Blatt, tantamount to a mental health emergency. However, through collective action in support of legislative measures, including the Keep Families Together Act and electing legislators concerned about immigrant children’s welfare, the United States can work to mitigate continued harm.   

Biden might need years to reverse Trump’s immigration policies on DACA, asylum, family separation, ICE raids, private detention and more

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Biden might need years to reverse Trump’s immigration policies on DACA, asylum, family separation, ICE raids, private detention and more 

Alan Gomez and Daniel Gonzalez, USA Today (November 13, 2020) 

During its tenure, the Trump administration enacted more than 400 policy changes aimed at immigration. While many of these regressive policies can be overturned by the incoming Biden administration through executive orders and directives, Gomez and Gonzalez indicate that others could take months or years to undo. A list of possible actions Biden could take in the first 100 days, like halting construction on the border wall, raising the refugee cap, and preserving and expanding DACA, are all seemingly within reach. However, immigration advocates contend that rescinding policy is one thing, but hoping to undo the damage is another task entirely.   

How America’s Immigration System Can Work Again

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How America’s Immigration System Can Work Again 

Gregory Chen, The Hill (November 11, 2020) 

In this opinion piece for The Hill, Gregory Chen, the senior director for government relations at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), explains the glaring lack of attention paid to how the judicial system has been seismically changed under the Trump administration. Chen states that any comprehensive plan to reverse this course under a new administration will mean seeking to restore the nation’s courts’ independence and fairness.   

Lawyers Can’t Find the Parents of 666 Migrant Kids, a Higher Number Than Previously Reported

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Lawyers Can’t Find the Parents of 666 Migrant Kids, a Higher Number Than Previously Reported 

Jacob Soboroff and Julia Ainsley, NBC News (November 9, 2020) 

New information regarding the number of children separated at the border under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy who have yet to be reunited with their parents has climbed from 545 to 666. According to an attorney working at the forefront to reunite families, the new number includes those “for whom the government did not provide any phone number.” Almost 20 percent of these children were under 5 when they were separated.   

Biden Plans Immediate Flurry of Executive Orders to Reverse Trump Policies

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Biden Plans Immediate Flurry of Executive Orders to Reverse Trump Policies 

Matt Viser, Seung Min Kim, and Annie Linskey, Washington Post (November 7, 2020) 

Describing it as potentially one of the “most startling” transitions of power in American history, Viser, Kim, and Linskey discuss the executive actions that Biden has promised to undertake once he is sworn into office on January 20th. Of those executive actions involving immigration, Biden has vowed to repeal the Muslim Ban, which barred travel from several mostly Muslim countries, as well as restoring the DREAM Act.   

Migrant Families Were Confused When U.S. Expelled Children into Mexico

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Migrant Families Were Confused When U.S. Expelled Children into Mexico 

Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times (November 3, 2020) 

Arduous journeys led young people like Esther and Nahum to the United States border seeking asylum and a chance to meet with their awaiting family members on the other side. However, their families were dismayed and confused when these children not only never crossed the border but were expelled into Mexico. Going against U.S. policy and diplomatic agreements with Mexico, Caitlin Dickerson describes how the Trump administration improperly removed minor children by shutting down the border to asylum applicants because of the pandemic. 

The U.S. Separated Families Decades Ago, Too. With 545 Migrant Children Missing Their Parents, That Moment Holds a Key Lesson

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The U.S. Separated Families Decades Ago, Too. With 545 Migrant Children Missing Their Parents, That Moment Holds a Key Lesson 

Ivón Padilla-RodríguezTIME Magazine (November 2, 2020) 

In the 1970s, The United States attempted to deter unauthorized immigration by prosecuting coyotes, who transported individuals and families across the border. However, this policy resulted in the detention of thousands of minor children and families. Placing an uncomfortable spotlight on the history of the United States, separating immigrant families, losing children, and obscuring the truth from the American people, Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez argues that this oft-ignored part of history should serve as a warning to advocates and concerned citizens today.   

The El Paso Experiment: A Public Defender’s Lonely Fight Against Family Separation

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The El Paso Experiment: A Public Defender’s Lonely Fight Against Family Separation 

Melissa del Bosque, The Intercept (November 1, 2020) 

Sergio Garcia had been a federal public defender for the Western District of Texas in El Paso for five years when a U.S. Magistrate judge assigned him to help families separated after seeking asylum in the United States. Unbeknownst to Garcia, he was to become the first lawyer to take on the Trump administration’s initial “zero tolerance” pilot project of family separation. In the years since, Garcia, an immigrant from Mexico, has fought tirelessly to reunite families ripped apart by this draconian policy.   

Mexico Identifies Two Women Who May Have Received Non-Consensual Surgeries in ICE Detention

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Mexico Identifies Two Women Who May Have Received Non-Consensual Surgeries in ICE Detention

Natalie Gallón, CNN (October 13, 2020)

Mexico’s foreign ministry released a statement that an investigation has found that two women have alleged receiving non-consensual surgeries while they were being held by US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  This was found during a larger investigation of a privately-run ICE detention center, Irwin County Detention Center, located in Ocilla, Georgia.  ICE has stated that these are serious concerns that warrant an investigation.

Trump Administration Adds Criminal Disqualifiers to Asylum

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Trump Administration Adds Criminal Disqualifiers to Asylum

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press News (October 20, 2020)

A new rule will go into effect on November 20, 2020 that will cause asylum-seekers to lose their opportunity to seek asylum in the United States if they are convicted of driving under the influence or are found to be involved in crimes that appear to support gangs.

Lawyers Say They Can’t Find the Parents of 545 Migrant Children Separated by Trump Administration

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Lawyers Say They Can’t Find the Parents of 545 Migrant Children Separated by Trump Administration

Julia Ainsley & Jacob Soboroff, NBC News (October 20, 2020)

A filing from the American Civil Liberties Union stated that a federal judge had appointed lawyers to find families that had been split up by the Trump administration and that they were unable to locate the parents of 545 children, which is around two-thirds of parents that were separated from their children and deported to Central America.

ICE Moves to Quickly Deport More Immigrants Without Court Hearings

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ICE Moves to Quickly Deport More Immigrants Without Court Hearings

Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News (October 21, 2020)

The Trump administration announced plans to increase the number of undocumented immigrants that would be eligible for quick deportation without a court hearing.  This is a policy that was typically only used in border areas, but the recent announcement provides instructions to federal immigration agents nationwide.

Study Finds No Crime Increase in Cities that Adopted ‘Sanctuary’ Policies, Despite Trump Claims

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Study Finds No Crime Increase in Cities that Adopted ‘Sanctuary’ Policies, Despite Trump Claims

Nick Miroff, The Washington Post (October 21, 2020)

A Stanford University report did not find a documented increase in crime for cities that implemented “sanctuary” policies.  This seems to contradict the Trump administration’s belief that the “sanctuary” policies would have a negative impact on public safety.  Researcher David K. Hausman made these findings in one of the first attempts to measure this impact by analyzing data on property crime and violent crime.

US ICE Officers ‘Used Torture to Make Africans Sign Own Deportation Orders’

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US ICE Officers ‘Used Torture to Make Africans Sign Own Deportation Orders’

Julian Borger, The Guardian (October 22, 2020)

There are allegations that immigration officers in the United States used torture to make Cameroonian asylum seekers sign their deportation orders ahead of the elections in the United States.  The Cameroonian asylum seekers that were deported were from a minority of English-speakers that had been targeted by the security forces of their government.

ICE Plans to Target Undocumented Immigrants Who Didn’t Voluntarily Leave the US

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ICE Plans to Target Undocumented Immigrants Who Didn’t Voluntarily Leave the US

Priscilla Alvarez, CNN (October 22, 2020)

CNN acquired a draft memo stating that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is developing a plan to locate and deport undocumented immigrants that have not voluntarily left the United States after previously stating their intentions to leave.

‘Kids in Cages’: It’s True That Obama Built the Cages at the Border. But Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy had No Precedent.

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‘Kids in Cages’: It’s True That Obama Built the Cages at the Border. But Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy had No Precedent.

Nick Miroff, The Washington Post (October 23, 2020)

The recent presidential debate discussed issues of immigration.  The presidential debate moderator, Kristen Welker, asked President Trump about the president’s “zero tolerance” policy and he accused former president Obama of building the cages.  Presidential candidate Biden stated that was correct but that the Obama administration did not separate parents and children.  This article provides a brief history of the development of the detention center and the role that the recent United States presidents have played in the policies that impact individuals that end up in the detention centers.

Inside the Refugee Camp on America’s Doorstep

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Inside the Refugee Camp on America’s Doorstep

Caitlin Dickerson, The New York Times (October 23, 2020)

President Trump has limited opportunities for asylum in the United States (U.S.).  Tent camps have developed on the border as individuals wait in hopes of seeking asylum in the U.S.  The coronavirus pandemic has made already difficult conditions worse for children and families living in these camps.

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Donald Trump Made a lot of Immigration and Border Promises in 2016. How Did He Deliver?

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Donald Trump Made a lot of Immigration and Border Promises in 2016. How Did He Deliver?

Daniel Gonzalez & Rafael Carranza, Arizona Republic (October 25, 2020)

Donald Trump spoke at a convention center in Phoenix, Arizona in August of 2016 and described his plans for a border wall, sanctuary policies, legal immigration, DACA, and catch and release and now four years later his progress on his plans are being evaluated.

Trump administration reimposes “public charge” immigration wealth test following court orders

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Trump administration reimposes “public charge” immigration wealth test following court orders 

Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News (September 22, 2020) 

In an announcement, the Trump administration announced plans to reinstate the public charge rule, with 2019 guidance applied to all applications filed after February 24th, 2020. Despite research indicating that immigrants avoid seeking food and medical benefits, the Trump administration maintains that such a rule encourages immigrant populations to be “self-sufficient.”

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House Committee Report Blasts ICE’s Detainee Neglect

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House Committee Report Blasts ICE’s Detainee Neglect  

Jennifer Doherty & Haylee Pearl, Law360 (September 21, 2020) 

A yearlong investigation, the House Committee on Homeland Security has released a report describing ICE as “failing to meet basic standards of care.” The report explicitly describes the alarming rate of neglect and abuse in medical care at detention centers run by LaSalle Corrections in particular.

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A migrant mother saw her disabled son walk into the U.S. Then he disappeared

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A migrant mother saw her disabled son walk into the U.S. Then he disappeared 

Mimi Dwyer, Kristina Cooke, & Sofia Menchu, Reuters (September 10, 2020) 

When Elida sent her disabled son Gustavo to live in the US, she expected him to be temporarily detained by ICE before ultimately being released to his grandfather in South Carolina. A week later, Elida discovered through Facebook that her son was back in Guatemala. Without her knowledge, he had been sent home alone. Gustavo’s story reflects a pattern of unaccompanied migrant children sent back across the border without their parents’ knowledge of their whereabouts.

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New California law expands tax credit for immigrants

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New California law expands tax credit for immigrants  

Adam Beam, Associated Press (September 19, 2020) 

A new law signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom further expands its earned income tax credit (EITC), removing the eligibility requirement that households must have children under 6 to qualify. It is hoped that through the law’s passage, more Californian families will be lifted out of poverty.

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Trump’s family separations at border played out ‘exactly how it was designed to’: journalist Jacob Soboroff

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Trump’s family separations at border played out ‘exactly how it was designed to’: journalist Jacob Soboroff  

Tahiat Mahboob & Ben Jamieson, CBC Radio (September 18, 2020) 

Revelations regarding Trump’s zero-tolerance policy of separating families by investigative journalist Jacob Soboroff describes the Trump administration ignoring warnings from agencies ranging from Health and Human Services (HHS) to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the harms that such separations would cause. Soboroff claims that this policy was issued to instigate change in immigration law in favor of the Trump administration by “shocking” migrants and Congress.

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Ninth Circuit Court Allows Trump’s Plan to End Temporary Protected Status to Go Forward

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Ninth Circuit Court Allows Trump’s Plan to End Temporary Protected Status to Go Forward  

Royce Murray, Immigration Impact (September 14, 2020) 

A ruling handed down by a Ninth Circuit Court means that 250,000 immigrants holding Temporary Protect Status (TPS) could have their status terminated as early as March 2021. For the 275,000 children of parents with TPS and the 130,000 essential workers who hold TPS status, the future appears unstable. Plans for an appeal to a full panel of judges could delay deadlines for termination.

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The outcry over ICE and hysterectomies, explained

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The outcry over ICE and hysterectomies, explained  

Nicole Narea, VOX (September 18, 2020) 

A whistleblower complaint issued on September 14th alleges disturbing medical neglect at Irwin Country Detention Center in Georgia and points to an alarming number of unnecessary hysterectomies carried out on immigrant women. Further investigation by the House Immigration Subcommittee maintains that as many as 18 gynecological procedures were performed. Such allegations reflect not only the United States’ history of forced sterilization but also places a familiar spotlight upon reports of patterns of unsafe health practices and human rights violations at ICE detention facilities.

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ICE Violates the Fourth Amendment When It Detains People Without Probable Cause, Court Rules

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ICE Violates the Fourth Amendment When It Detains People Without Probable Cause, Court Rules  

Kate Goettel, Immigration Impact (September 18, 2020) 

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion on Gonzalez v. ICE, indicating that the wrongful detention of individuals suspected of being non-citizens violates the Fourth Amendment. Much of this violation stems from ICE’s use of error-ridden fingerprint databases, leading them to issue detainers without neutral evaluation.

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3 Reasons Why Cities Should Not Sign 287(g) Agreements With ICE

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3 Reasons Why Cities Should Not Sign 287(g) Agreements With ICE  

Melissa Cruz, Immigration Impact (September 21, 2020) 

Since 2006 the 287 (g) program has allowed state and local police departments to collaborate with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), deputizing law enforcement to perform the functions of federal immigration agents. In response to the announcement that the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) had signed on to this agreement, many argue that its implementation has led to civil rights violations cautioning other cities to avoid the program.

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How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Search for Separated Families

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How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Search for Separated Families  

Michelle Wiley & Adriana Morga, KQED (September 21, 2020) 

Despite the halting of the “zero tolerance” policy that separated families, poor recordkeeping has resulted in an ongoing search to reunite families. This task has been only further exacerbated during the coronavirus pandemic. The migrant rights organization Justice in Motion has made it a part of their mission to locate parents in this continually challenging climate where “every minute counts.”

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USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce

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USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (August 25, 2020)

USCIS announces that it will no longer furlough the majority of its employees. As a result, the agency will greatly decrease operating costs, and, this will likely cause longer processing and wait times.

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CARES Act Leaves Out U.S. Citizens Married to Immigrants

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CARES Act Leaves Out U.S. Citizens Married to Immigrants

Tim Padgett, NPR (August 23, 2020)

More than 2,000,000 U.S. Citizens have been excluded from receiving CARES Act stimulus checks due to a new rule imposed by Trump that restricts any citizen married to someone with immigrant status. Marco Rubio has proposed to overturn this rule and establish a new one specifying all U.S. citizens may receive funding regardless of to whom they are married.

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Who Gets Asylum? Even Before Trump, System was Riddled with Bias and Disparities

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Who Gets Asylum? Even Before Trump, System was Riddled with Bias and Disparities

Katie Morrissey & Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union Tribune (August 23, 2020)

While Trump has diligently endeavored to dismantle the asylum system within the United States, Morrissey and Schroeder point out the inherent flaws in the system long before Trump was elected. Notably, issues of location greatly influence someone’s access to legal representation and chance of gaining asylum based on a judge’s past record. Furthermore, issues of bias against countries and widely diverse interpretations of ‘special groups’ greatly affect someone’s chance of getting asylum. Only about 19% of asylum applicants have achieved asylum.

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Trump Cabinet Officials Voted in 2018 White House Meeting to Separate Migrant Children, Say Officials

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Trump Cabinet Officials Voted in 2018 White House Meeting to Separate Migrant Children, Say Officials

Julia Ainsley & Jacob Soboroff, NBC News (August 20, 2020)

Members of a meeting held in 2018 come forward about Stephen Miller’s pressure on the Department of Homeland Security to implement family separation policy as an intentional deterrent for migration to the United States. Before then, DHS had refrained from separating family members since the system could not process individual cases effectively. 11 members held the policy to a vote where the majority decided to begin family separation at the border.

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California Picks Up Fight Over DACA Restrictions Again

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California Picks Up Fight Over DACA Restrictions Again

Vanessa Romo, NPR (August 18, 2020)

Attorney General Xavier Becerra will challenge Trump’s latest attempts to dismantle DACA. While a judge in June required DHS to begin processing DACA applications as they were before September 2017, Trump laid out a new set of rules that limits the relief option for young people. The new plans prevent any new DACA applications and decreases its duration to one year from two.

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ICE Isn’t Freeing Migrant Kids Despite Order, Flores Attys Say

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ICE Isn’t Freeing Migrant Kids Despite Order, Flores Attys Say

Lauren Berg, Law 360 (August 17, 2020)

Attorneys representing children in ICE detention centers petitioned Judge Gee to enforce ICE to release children. Advocates claim that ICE has not explained rights to parents about releasing their children to a relative’s custody outside of detention. Gee admonished ICE as she granted them another month to abide by her order for the immediate release of children in detention centers under Flores Settlement guidelines.

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A Private Security Company Is Detaining Migrant Children at Hotels

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Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times (August 16, 2020)

Trump’s COVID-era policy to immediately expel families and children crossing the border have led to immigration agencies contracting transportation companies such as MVM to detain people at hotels while they wait their expulsion. This policy and practice raises concerns over proper legal protection for children in custody.

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A Year After Mississippi ICE Raids, Chicken Plants Face Few Penalties as Families Suffer

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A Year After Mississippi ICE Raids, Chicken Plants Face Few Penalties as Families Suffer

 (August 7, 2020)

In August 2019, ICE raided a chicken plant and arrested over 680 employees. At the time, U.S. attorney, Mike Hurst, made clear that employers would not escape charges for illegal hiring practices of immigrants without proper authorization. However, more than a year later, charges have only been linked to two managers while hundreds of family members face grave consequences such as deportation.

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Court Sides with Trump Administration Effort to Impose ‘Public Charge’ Rule

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Court sides with Trump administration effort to impose ‘public charge’ rule

Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post (August 6, 2020)

The most recent ruling from a federal appeals court decided Trump’s ‘public charge’ policy was legal. This reverses the previous ruling from a lower-court that established an injunction against Trump’s order. Another appeals court, however, did not approve of the policy. Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule will remain blocked throughout the duration of the national health emergency in place due to the pandemic as it currently stands.

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Seeking Refuge in US, Children Fleeing Danger Are Expelled

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Seeking Refuge in US, Children Fleeing Danger Are Expelled

Nomaan Merchant, US NEWS (August 6, 2020)

Since Trump’s executive order in March, over 2,000 vulnerable children have been deported. A 12-year old Honduran boy and his younger sister fled to the United States to escape those that threatened to kill him after they murdered his uncle. He believed he was being transported to another shelter, but, in reality, was brought back to the border and sent to Honduras. No agent viewed the threatening video of a man declaring to take the young boy’s life.

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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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U.S. Must Release Children From Family Detention Centers, Judge Rules

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Miriam Jordan, N.Y. Times (June 26, 2020)

Judge Dolly M. Gee of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ordered the release of all children held in all of the three family detention centers in the country by July 17th. This order comes as children have tested positive for COVID-19 and applies to children held in detention for more than 20 days.

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New Legislation Partially Addresses Immigrant Families Left Out of Previous COVID-19 Relief, Continues to Exclude Millions of Children

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New Legislation Partially Addresses Immigrant Families Left Out of Previous COVID-19 Relief, Continues to Exclude Millions of Children

CLASP (June 16, 2020)

New legislation would allow spouses of ITIN filers with Social Security Numbers to receive stimulus payments; including millions of families in economic relief initially left out in the CARES Act. However, families whose parents do not have Social Security Numbers would remain ineligible.

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Immigrant Teens Left Out When Trump Ended DACA are In Limbo After Supreme Court Ruling

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Immigrant Teens Left Out When Trump Ended DACA are In Limbo After Supreme Court Ruling

Julia Preston, The Marshall Project (June 19, 2020)

While the Supreme Court dismissed Trump’s efforts to eliminate DACA, many young people still do not know what their future might hold. The Supreme Court’s decision has no implications for allowing new participants from applying for DACA protections.

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What the Supreme Court’s Ruling Means for DACA Participants and Immigrants

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What the Supreme Court’s Ruling Means for DACA Participants and Immigrants

Priscilla Alvarez, CNN (June 18, 2020)

This article outlines questions people might still have about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Trump’s administrations attempts to dismantle DACA. It covers questions pertaining to implications and next steps for DACA recipients as well as Trump’s response.

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Just 39 Unaccompanied Migrant Children Avoided Trump’s Border Expulsions in May

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Just 39 Unaccompanied Migrant Children Avoided Trump’s Border Expulsions in May

Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News (June 18, 2020)

Of the 1,001 children detained at the border in May, only 39 made it to the Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters while all other children were deported. This alarming trend is one of the most recent efforts by the Trump administration to limit immigration to the United States.

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The True Cost of Deportation

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The True Cost of Deportation

Julia Preston, The Marshall Project (June 18, 2020)

This article delves into stories of three immigrant families with American children. It details the harsh realities of deportation on their finances, mental health, and overall livelihood.

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Trump Administration Proposes Sweeping Changes to U.S. Asylum System in New Rule

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Trump Administration Proposes Sweeping Changes to U.S. Asylum System in New Rule

Priscilla Alvarez & Geneva Sands, CNN (June 10, 2020)

Trump proposed revisions to Asylum laws that will effectively shut down the asylum process in the U.S. Revisions include further scrutiny for applicants that have traveled through at least one country as well as not granting asylum for people that have lived in the U.S. for over a year as unauthorized immigrants.

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How Fear Spreads the Coronavirus

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How Fear Spreads the Coronavirus

Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic (May 29, 2020)

This article details the rising cases of coronavirus in Chelsea, MA where it has 6 times the rate compared to the state as a whole. One community worker details her experience and points out that immigrants are dis-enrolling and refusing to access needed services during the pandemic due to fears of public charge.

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Trump Administration to Extend Border and Travel Restrictions Related to Coronavirus

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Trump Administration to Extend Border and Travel Restrictions Related to Coronavirus

Geneva Sands & Priscilla Alvarez, CNN (May 19, 2020)

The Trump administration is planning to extend border and travel restrictions initially put in place as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Immigrant advocates worry that these restrictions are rooted in efforts to limit immigration to the U.S. as opposed to an issue of public health concern.

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Immigration Agency Seeks Bailout, Plans to Charge More for Visa Applications

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 Immigration Agency Seeks Bailout, Plans to Charge More for Visa Applications

Geneva Sands, CNN (May 18, 2020)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is requesting $1.2 billion from Congress to make up for lost funds since the onset of COVID-19 limits and immigration restrictions implemented by the Trump administration between the years of 2017 and 2019. On top of that, they plan to include a 10% surcharge for all USCIS applications. This comes as the Trump administration is planning to continue immigration restrictions.

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Faced with Choice, Migrant Parents in ICE Detention Refuse to Separate from Children

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Faced with Choice, Migrant Parents in ICE Detention Refuse to Separate from Children

Julia Ainsley, NBC News (May 18, 2020)

ICE recently posed to 366 families in detention if they would rather separate from their children or remain with their children but forego Flores settlement protections, such as holding children less than 20 days in detention. All families agreed to remain with their children but felt intimidated by the question on new form from ICE.

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COVID-19 and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children: What Parents Need to Know

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COVID-19 and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children: What Parents Need to Know

Kelly Taylor Hayes, Fox10 Phoenix (May 18, 2020)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention have announced a link between a serious condition found in children and COVID-19.  Symptoms may include fever, rash, conjunctivitis, stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea, swollen lymph-nodes, swollen hands and feet, and redder than usual tongue. While the condition is rare, parents are encouraged to tell medical providers if children are experiencing any symptoms.

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The Trump Administration is Rushing Deportations of Migrant Children During Coronavirus

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The Trump Administration is Rushing Deportations of Migrant Children During Coronavirus

Lomi Kriel, ProPublic (May 18, 2020)

Since the onset of COVID-19, immigrant children – typically unaccompanied minors –  are being deported at quicker rates that normal. Children are being sent back to dangerous situations with limited opportunity to contact their attorneys before their deportation.

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The House’s Latest Coronavirus Relief Bill Gives Stimulus Payments to Unauthorized Immigrants

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The House’s Latest Coronavirus Relief Bill Gives Stimulus Payments to Unauthorized Immigrants

Family Separation is Back for Migrants at the U.S./Mexican Border, Say Advocates

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Family Separation is Back for Migrants at the U.S./Mexican Border, Say Advocates

Immigrant Customs Enforcement (ICE) is asking parents in detention to choose between keeping their children in detention with their parents along foregoing their rights under the Flores settlement or separate from their children by removing the them from detention but not the parents.

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Lawsuit Alleges CARES Act Excludes U.S. Citizen Children of Undocumented Immigrants

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Lawsuit Alleges CARES Act Excludes U.S. Citizen Children of Undocumented Immigrants

Maria Penaloza, NPR (May 5, 2020)

The Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center and an immigrant rights organization, CASA ,filed a federal class-action lawsuit on Tuesday, May 18th on behalf of U.S. citizen children of undocumented parents.

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When Can Child Care Resume?

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When Can Child Care Resume?

Emily Sohn, New York Times (May 4, 2020)

As states open up, many families are wondering when and how they might be able to resume childcare. The answer depends on a number of factors: state regulations, rate of infection in one’s area, age of potential caregivers, and access to caregivers.

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New Survey Shows Coronavirus Crisis Puts Wellbeing of Young Children and Parents at Risk

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New Survey Shows Coronavirus Crisis Puts Wellbeing of Young Children and Parents at Risk

The Children’s Partnership (April 30, 2020)

Several child advocacy organizations conducted a survey for 600 parents of children ages 0-5 throughout California. Results showed that families are forced to make concessions in terms of food and health appointments since the pandemic started. Furthermore, nearly 3 out of 4 parents are worried about their child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development and nearly all parents would like to access their child’s doctor via tele-health appointments but only 18% have the ability to do so.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz Unveils Legislation to Deport All Illegal Immigrants During a Pandemic

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Rep. Matt Gaetz Unveils Legislation to Deport All Illegal Immigrants During a Pandemic

Adam Shaw, Fox News (April 29, 2020)

The Protect American Nationals During Emergencies by Mitigating the Immigration Crisis Act (PANDEMIC) was introduced on Tuesday. If passed, this act would require the government to deport undocumented immigrants in the United States when there is a communicable disease pandemic.

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Trump Wants to Use Coronavirus Aid as Leverage to Force Blue States to Change Immigration Policies

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Trump Wants to Use Coronavirus Aid as Leverage to Force Blue States to Change Immigration Policies

According to Vox, Trump recently commented that he would be willing to give aid to Democratic states if they will align their sanctuary policies to his proposed immigration policies.

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Hirono, Harris, Chu, Grijalva, Correa Introduce Legislation to Provide Critical Assistance to Vulnerable Communities Impacted by COVID-19

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Hirono, Harris, Chu, Grijalva, Correa Introduce Legislation to Provide Critical Assistance to Vulnerable Communities Impacted by COVID-19

Mazie K. Hirono (April 3, 2o20)

The Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act was introduced by Hirono, Harris, Chu, Grijalva, and Correa. If passed, this act will ensure that immigrants have access to forms of relief, and it will temporarily change certain immigration policies.

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Coronavirus Relief Package Fails to Provide Aid to Millions of Immigrants, Including Many on the Front Lines

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Coronavirus Relief Package Fails to Provide Aid to Millions of Immigrants, Including Many on the Front Lines

Jorge Loweree, Immigration Impact (March 27, 2020)

On March 27, the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) was signed. The CARES Act will help provide aid and relief to our country due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, it negatively impacts immigrants.

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Growing Calls To Close Immigration Courts And Release Detainees As Virus Spreads

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Growing Calls To Close Immigration Courts And Release Detainees As Virus Spreads

Joel Rose, NPR (March 21, 2020)

As the COVID-19 outbreak grows, U.S. authorities are facing more pressure by immigration advocates to close all of the nation’s immigration courts and release detained immigrants who are not a threat to the public to prevent an outbreak in facilities after an ICE detention center employee tested positive for the virus.

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Children More at Risk for Abuse and Neglect Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Experts Say

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Children More at Risk for Abuse and Neglect Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Experts Say

Suzanne Hirt, Andrea Ball, & Katie Wedell, USA Today (March 21, 2020)

Since the largest group of tipsters for suspected child abuse are educators, hundreds of thousands of at-risk children are at a higher risk of experiencing abuse and neglect due to the school closures related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Feds Were Ill-Prepared to Deal with Separated Children Under Trump’s ‘zero tolerance,’ Watchdog Finds

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Feds Were Ill-Prepared to Deal with Separated Children Under Trump’s ‘zero tolerance,’ Watchdog Finds

Daniella Silva, NBC News (March 5, 2020)

A recent report found that poor communication and decisions made DHHS unprepared for caring for and reunifying migrant children who had been separated from their families.

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Children Sent to Mexico Under Trump’s Asylum Policy Face Risk of Abuse, Trauma and Sex Trafficking

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Children Sent to Mexico Under Trump’s Asylum Policy Face Risk of Abuse, Trauma and Sex Trafficking

Warren Binford & Michael Garcia Bochenek, The Dallas Morning News (March 1, 2020)

Children who have been sent to Mexico as part of the “Remain in Mexico” policy have either witnessed or experienced sexual abuse, trauma, and violence, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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