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Eloy detention site 'threatened' migrants' health, used pepper spray during COVID mask protests

A privately run ICE immigration detention site in Eloy, Ariz, "threatened the health, safety, and rights" of migrants, said a federal watchdog agency that found violations of standards, including an incident in which peacefully protesting detainees were pepper-sprayed last year. ... Read more»

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Biden ban on new private prison contracts will not reach ICE detainees

President Joe Biden’s order that the Justice Department stop contracting with private prisons could eventually affect thousands of inmates, but the order does not affect Immigration and Customs Enforcement contracts with companies that hold immigrants awaiting hearings or deportation.... Read more»

How COVID-19 spread through neighboring ICE detention facilities in Eloy

In August, a group of Cuban asylum seekers held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the La Palma Correctional Center detailed how detainees who fell ill with coronavirus symptoms were put into isolation instead of receiving treatment.... Read more»

COVID-19 outbreak at Eloy private prison turns fatal, mass testing underway

The Hawaii Department of Public Safety ordered mass testing at an Arizona private prison that holds its inmates after dozens of them contracted COVID-19 and several remain hospitalized.... Read more»

Detention center in Eloy has most COVID-19 cases of any ICE facility

La Palma Correctional Center, a privately run immigration detention center in Eloy, is facing an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases among immigration detainees.... Read more»

ICE deported key witness in sexual assault investigation at El Paso detention center

Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department inspectors general are investigating allegations that ICE guards assaulted detainees in camera blind spots. ... Read more»

ICE guards 'systematically' sexually assault detainees in an El Paso detention center, lawyers say

Allegations include guards attacking victims in camera “blind spots” and telling them that “no one would believe” them in ICE detention centers, which imprison about 50,000 immigrants each year at a taxpayer expense of $2.7 billion.... Read more»

Woman says she was raped at private prison on eve of deportation

A Mexican woman sued prison contractor CoreCivic on Wednesday, claiming a man in street clothes beat and raped her in its Houston detention center and she gave birth to his daughter after she was deported. ... Read more»

Officials question if enough is being done to prevent the spread of CV-19 in immigration detention centers

Coronavirus infections continue to rise at migrant detention facilities in towns with limited resources. Some local governments want details on what’s being done to safeguard the public.... Read more»

CV-19 outbreak grows at Az private prison with most U.S. Marshal detainees in nation

A private prison in Florence, Ariz., that houses more than 3,000 defendants awaiting court proceedings is grappling with an outbreak of COVID-19 in which at least 20 jail staff and detainees have tested positive.... Read more»

Immigrant advocates ask DHS watchdog to protect ICE detainees from COVID-19

Advocacy groups filed an oversight complaint Thursday, arguing there is a "systemic failure" at Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protect thousands of detained migrants from coronavirus. ... Read more»

ICE 'cohorting' of Az detainees at risk of COVID-19 stirs controversy

98 immigrant detainees at the La Palma Correctional Center in Arizona have been “cohorted” together, due to their exposure to the facility’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.... Read more»

Tensions skyrocket as COVID-19 fears grip Arizona ICE detention center

An ICE detention center in Eloy is the latest facility to have a string of complaints raised by detainees as COVID-19 fills hospitals and strains the nation’s health care system.... Read more»

Hundreds join 'COVID safe' protest caravan outside Eloy immigration detention center

More than 100 cars and trucks circled for hours Friday, carrying honking and cheering protesters, outside of a private immigration detention center in Eloy, demanding that ICE release hundreds of migrants before they contract COVID-19. ... Read more»

2nd COVID-19 case confirmed at Arizona ICE detention facility

A second person had been diagnosed with coronavirus at the La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, north of Tucson, authorities said Monday.... Read more»

ICE: Detainee at La Palma facility in Eloy tests positive for COVID-19

A 45-year-old immigrant from Guatemala detained at the La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first coronavirus case confirmed in an Arizona immigration detention center, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ... Read more»

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