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Kids Allege Medical Neglect, Frigid Cells, and Rotten Burritos in Border Detention – VICE News

“Another organization that filed a complaint with DHS, Americans for Immigrant Justice, provided exclusive data compiled from screenings of more than 2,300 children detained by CBP last year. Half of them described ‘cold temperatures’ in holding facilities, nearly a third said they were held for longer than the 72 hours allowed under the law, and around 15 percent reported ‘lack …

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Letter to DHS: Close Glades County Detention Center

April 20, 2022 The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2707 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE Washington, DC 20528 Re: PETITION Requesting the Administration to Abstain from Renewing Contract with Glades County (Florida) with a Performance Period End Date of April 30, 2022. Dear Secretary Mayorkas, The undersigned Florida …

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Reports of ‘atrocious’ treatment of immigrant children in the United States grow – World Nation News

“Immigrant advocates in the United States filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) denouncing the continuing abuse and ‘appalling treatment’ of immigrant children, Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) reported Thursday. The humanitarian group lamented that the irregularities reported by 70% of the children they interviewed in 2021 continue, who ‘reported experiencing conditions or abuse’ while in …

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Consistent Failure to Comply with the Terms of the Flores Settlement Agreement and Their Own Standards on the Transport, Escort, Detention, and Search of Unaccompanied Children

April 6, 2022 Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice), on behalf of their clients, submit this administrative complaint to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detailing Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s failure to adhere to their own standards on the Transport, Escort, Detention and Search (TEDS)1 of Unaccompanied Children (UC) as well as their failure to comply with the terms …

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Feds will limit use of Glades migrant detention center in Florida after complaints – Miami Herald

By Syra Ortiz-Blanes and Michael Wilner “Lily Hartmann, a human rights advocate at Americans for Immigrant Justice, said her organization applauded the announcement to limit use of the facility. But she also told the Herald that they and other immigrant rights organizations continue to push for the facility’s permanent closure so that no immigrants are detained there in the future. …

Southern Border

300+ immigrant and human rights organizations demand Biden end Title 42

Submitted via email March 10, 2022 Dear President Biden and Vice President Harris: For nearly two years the U.S. government has ruthlessly blocked and expelled people seeking protection at the southern border without allowing them to apply for asylum, as U.S. and international law requires. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began expulsions under the Trump administration using orders by …

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‘Lives continue to be in danger’: Lawmakers want FL migrant detention center to close – Miami Herald

By Syra Ortiz-Blanes “A group of 17 members of Congress asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday to shutter a Florida detention center that houses migrant detainees and that is at the heart of multiple complaints made to the Biden administration. The Feb. 2 letter points to a slew of recent grievances from immigration advocates and watchdog …

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73 organizations urge Governor DeSantis to continue to license shelters caring for unaccompanied children

December 20, 2021 Governor DeSantis: The 73 undersigned experts in child welfare and well-being write to you with alarm regarding your September 28 Executive Order and the state’s subsequent December 10 emergency rule related to unaccompanied children who reside in group homes and with foster families in Florida. As organizations based in Florida and around the country, we urge you …

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242 immigrants’ rights organizations urge the Biden administration to permanently end Remain in Mexico and Title 42 policies

December 17, 2021 By Email Dear President Biden and Vice President Harris: We, the undersigned 242 organizations, write in dismay at the administration’s decision to expand the Remain in Mexico policy and deploy it in tandem with Title 42 in order to turn away to danger families and individuals who are seeking safety in the United States. Nearly eleven months …

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Immigrants in U.S. Detention Exposed to Hazardous Disinfectants Every Day – Scientific American

by Matthew Phelan, Scientific American “Every day crowded cells holding people at an immigration detention facility in Florida have been doused with caustic disinfectants that have caused breathing problems and bleeding, according to reports from the detainees. The disinfectants contain two chemical compounds that scientific research has implicated in long-term damage to human cells and—in animals—to reproductive health. On August …