Detained Immigrants Warn Of A Lack Of COVID-19 Protections Inside The Port Isabel Detention Center

In the Rio Grande Valley, local volunteers who have made welfare visits with detained asylum seekers in the Port Isabel Detention Center for over a year have spoken with multiple detainees who have allegedly coordinated a hunger strike with an estimated 70 to 90 participants in protest of a lack of precautionary measures taken against COVID-19. ICE said no detainees had threatened to hunger strike.

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Interview with Charlene D’Cruz of Lawyers for Good Government

Charlene D’Cruz is an attorney and Border Fellow with Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG). In October, she set up a full-time office in the Resource Center for Asylum Seekers in Matamoros, Tamaulipas as part of Project Corazon: Matamoros Legal Assistance Program. D’Cruz and attorneys working remotely help prepare thousands of refugees to self-represent their asylum…

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Migrants, Helpers Face Blocks To Emergency Care

When asylum seekers waiting in Matamoros, Mexico need emergency medical care, crossing the border into the United States is never a given—despite medical exemptions in the White House’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. “When we first got started, Border Patrol told one of our doctors that ‘this will not be a thing’,” said Helen Perry, executive…

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