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Jail ending agreement deputizing staff as ICE agents

Sep. 10, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts jail is ending an agreement that deputizes some of its staff to act as immigration agents. Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald said Friday in an interview on WATD-FM that his office has notified U.S. Immigration and Customs...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Aug. 31, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. August 30, 2021. Editorial: KCK police try to get around needed city ID program with weaker version of their own The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department has launched a strange new effort to provide municipal identification cards...

Federal judge orders ICE to test detainees for COVID-19

Aug. 24, 2021 07:58 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must test detainees for COVID-19 before they are transferred to the immigrant detention center in Tacoma, a federal judge ordered Monday. The ruling by Judge James Robart grants, in part, a temporary...

Jails barred from deals to detain noncitizens under NJ law

Aug. 20, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey prisons and jails can no longer enter into contracts to detain immigrants who aren't United States citizens under a law Gov. Phil Murphy signed on Friday. Murphy announced the new law in an email and without any additional comment. ...

COVID outbreak at facility for immigrant detainees worsens

Aug. 11, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — An outbreak of COVID-19 cases that started in June at a facility for detained immigrants in Tacoma, Washington, has continued to worsen. The Seattle Times reports since then, 150 people, including seven guards and a federal health care worker, have...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Aug. 10, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. August 6, 2021. Editorial: UG Mayor Alvey blocking a vote on badly needed municipal ID and immigration reform Wyandotte County residents who support an inclusive, vibrant community must press their case for an immediate vote on a...

Immigrant detentions soar despite Biden’s campaign promises

Aug. 05, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Alexander Martinez says he fled from homophobia, government persecution and the notorious MS-13 gang in El Salvador only to run into abuse and harassment in America’s immigration detention system. Since crossing the border illegally in April, the...

New law will effectively end immigrant detention in Illinois

Aug. 02, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will effectively end immigrant detention and further restrict local law enforcement's ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities under a plan Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Monday. The new law targets local government...

Supporters cheer temporary reprieve of Ecuadorian immigrant

Jul. 31, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

Supporters of Nelson Pinos, an Ecuadorian immigrant who first sought sanctuary from a federal deportation order in a New Haven church in 2017, are celebrating his temporary reprieve. The father of three, who has lived in the U.S. for 29 years, learned this week that...

Lawyers say China using Interpol to seek dissident's return

Jul. 30, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys are asking the Biden administration to release from immigration custody a Chinese democracy advocate who could be deported to his homeland to face what they say are false charges — despite the lack of an extradition treaty between the United States and China. ...