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COVID cases surge at El Paso ICE detention facilities

Two El Paso-area ICE detention facilities are seeing large outbreaks of COVID-19 among detained migrants, with a combines 138 current confirmed cases - up from three cases as of July 12 - all part of a trend: There are nearly 1,400 current cases among people in ICE detention.... Read more»

ICE announces a halt to most arrests during coronavirus outbreak

Citing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced Wednesday its agents would temporarily suspend most arrests, focusing only on individuals said to pose public safety risks or subject to mandatory detention on criminal grounds. ... Read more»

Bipartisan watchdog blasts Trump administration on border policies

A bipartisan federal watchdog issued a scathing condemnation of U.S. immigration policies Thursday, citing a laundry list of human and civil rights violations along the southern border. ... Read more»

Despite ICE detainer ruling, business as usual for Arizona sheriffs

Two weeks after a federal court halted some detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Arizona law enforcement agencies say they are still doing business with the agency as usual.... Read more»

Both sides now: Arizonans rally to stake out opposing border positions

Arizonans on opposite sides of the immigration debate were in Washington Wednesday where they rallied on opposite sides of the Capitol in hopes of making their respective cases to Congress.... Read more»

Lawyer: Inside an immigrant detention center in South Texas, 'basic hygiene just doesn't exist'

The attorney said running water is so bad that mothers save any bottled water they can to mix baby formula. The stories she heard from people in the shelter echo tales at other facilities, where people say conditions are substandard.... Read more»

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear immigrant detention dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether immigrants detained for more than six months by the U.S. government while deportation proceedings take place are eligible for a hearing in which they can argue for their release. ... Read more»

By the numbers: The U.S.'s growing for-profit detention industry

The detention business goes beyond just criminal prisoners; nearly half of all immigrant detainees are now held in privately run detention facilities. Here's a look at the billion-dollar and wide-ranging for-profit detention industry—and the two companies that dominate the market:... Read more»

Secure Communities

Fewer illegal immigrants face detention from traffic stops

Immigration officials announced Friday that illegal immigrants who are arrested on minor traffic violations and have no criminal history will no longer automatically face detention.... Read more»

Comic: Piracy

The Skinniest Pirate

On Thursday afternoon, U.S. Navy personnel freed the crew of an Iranian fishing trawler, which had been held captive for six weeks by Somali pirates.... Read more»

Texas counties joining immigrant deportation program

Mention immigration and hardliners grouse about an "open door" policy that results in a porous border, welcoming freeloaders and criminals. But dozens of Texas counties participate in a program called Secure Communities, which aims to ferret out criminal aliens and expedite their removal.... Read more»