Rio Grande Crests, Begins to Flood Parts of Levee in Matamoros

An update posted by Global Response Management on Thursday showed river water cresting the bank, beginning to flood lower areas of the levee. “We are likely to see water incursion in the next 24-48 hours,” the organization wrote. A downstream river gauge being monitored by both camp residents and volunteers with Resource Center Matamoros showed a 21.8 foot water elevation, prompting the formal implementation of the UNHCR-backed evacuation plan.

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A Detention Officer Employed At An ICE Facility In Los Fresnos, Texas Died This Week. Over 60 Detainees Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus

A spokesperson for Ahtna, Inc, an Alaska Native Regional Corporation that contracts detention facility workers at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, Texas, confirmed on Saturday that one of their employees contracted at PIDC passed away on Thursday, June 25.

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Detainees Speak Out From Inside the Port Isabel Detention Center

Advocates in touch with detained immigrants inside the facility, many of whom are asylum seekers and have never committed a crime, began reporting wholly inadequate protections against COVID-19 at PIDC in March. ICE has since reported a total of four positive cases inside the facility. Three of those cases listed on ICE’s website are currently under isolation or monitoring. The ongoing transfer of detainees between detention centers, the admittance of new detainees into the facility, and a lack of testing available to potential asymptomatic carriers means that more likely than not, there is already an outbreak happening inside the facility.

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Storm Damages Tents, Floods Pathways In Matamoros Migrant Camp As Aid Work Continues

A Saturday morning downpour sent the camp of asylum seekers along a levee in Matamoros, Tamaulipas into disarray. Heavy winds brought down trees and destroyed tent dwellings secured to trees with ropes. Rain soaked belongings and documents. Clay pathways along the river stretching two recreational soccer fields turned to thick, slippery mud and pools of water collected on uneven ground, overwhelming trenches dug by residents to channel rainwater into the Rio Grande.

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Lawsuits Detail How The State Department Targets U.S. Citizens Born With Midwives In The Rio Grande Valley

Two lawsuits filed on behalf of Rio Grande Valley residents detail how the federal government targets U.S. citizens born by midwives, opting to revoke the passports and citizenship certificates of those with duplicate birth records in Mexico before conducting any substantial investigation into the circumstances surrounding each case.

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Witness At The Border Tracks ICE Air Deportation Flights Leaving the Rio Grande Valley

A report published by organizers with Witness at the Border details the number of ICE Air flights that left the Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport during the first several months of the year in an effort to document who was being deported and to where – both before and after the spread of COVID-19.

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Diabetic Asylum Seeker Sues For His Release From Port Isabel Detention Center

The suit alleges inadequate treatment for the man’s worsening diabetes over the course of his 16-month detention at the Port Isabel Detention Center. Allegations in the document detail concerns raised by local advocates and attorneys over an alleged lack of access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand soap inside the facility, as well as an inability to socially distance in crowded dormitories.

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