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Sick ICE detainees are scared to die of COVID. Some beg federal judge to release them

By Monique O. Madan, The Miami Herald “Attorney Lisa Lehner of Americans for Immigrant Justice, a Florida non-profit immigration organization, told the judge that her client, Deivys Perez Valladares, who was transferred from Broward to Krome, never received a decision regarding his release or an explanation for his transfer. ‘Medical staff at BTC did not complete a medical examination prior …

Detainees Blast ICE Bid To Upend Pandemic Response Order

By Nathan Hale, Law 360 Detainees at three Florida facilities have slammed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement‘s bid to escape an order requiring it to improve conditions and limit transfers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the Florida federal court’s ruling was justified and more recent events only reinforce that conclusion. Responding Monday to ICE’s motion for reconsideration of the June …

AI Justice Plays Key Role in Garcia-Ramirez v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

AI Justice played a key role in a recent Federal Court decision against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) treatment of immigrant children. Last week, after two years of litigation and an 18-day trial, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled in favor of plaintiffs in Garcia-Ramirez v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, No. 18-00508, 2020 WL 3604041 (D.C. Cir. …

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South Florida ICE case on the release of detained immigrants to go to trial

By Monique O. Madan, the Miami Herald A Miami federal judge has set a trial date in January for a case involving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and immigrants held at three South Florida detention centers amid the coronavirus pandemic. In court documents filed late Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Marcia G. Cooke set trial for Jan. 19, 2021, and said evidence …

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ICE unlawfully jails unaccompanied migrant children once they turn 18, judge rules

By Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post A federal judge ruled Thursday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has unlawfully transferred thousands of unaccompanied children who turned 18 to adult detention facilities without considering alternatives, in violation of a 2013 law. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras of Washington, D.C., said he will order changes “in the near future” after a …

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ICE Detainees Win Class Status For Covid-19 Confinement Suit

By Porter Wells, Bloomberg Law Immigration detainees at three facilities in Miami who say ICE has been unconstitutionally indifferent to their risks of contracting Covid-19 may pursue their claims as a class, the Southern District of Florida ruled. The certified class, calculated to be about 1,400 individuals, will be comprised of all civil immigration detainees held by Immigration and Customs …

Fed. Judge Orders ICE To Reduce Fla. Detainee Population

By Carolina Bolado Law360 (May 1, 2020, 2:12 PM EDT) — A Florida federal judge ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Thursday to significantly reduce the number of people in its custody at three Florida facilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic and to hand out soap, cleaning materials and masks to all detainees. U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke ordered ICE to …

ICE tells federal judge the court has no authority over its detention practices

By Monique O. Madan, The Miami Herald U.S. immigration officials have told a Miami federal judge that the court has no authority over how the government chooses to detain and release immigration detainees, and that filing twice-weekly accountability reports to the court would be “unduly burdensome.” Over the weekend, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement filed a response objecting to a …

Americans for Immigrant Justice Advocates Fight to Uphold Basic Due Process Rights for Detained Immigrants

For Immediate Release Contact: Lisa Lehner, Director of Litigation 305-573-1106 ext.1020 llehner@aijustice.org Miami, FL – (October 16, 2019) – Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) has filed a Complaint and Request for Action on behalf of its clients and other Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees housed at the Glades County Detention Center (Glades) in Moore Haven, Florida. Serious concerns regarding Glades detainees’ access to counsel and the courts have been raised …