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 Season Has Arrived in the Rio Grande Valley. Asylum Seekers Need Help

Asylum Seekers awaiting hearings under the Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ program (Migrant Protection Protocols, MPP) in a camp along the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Tamaulipas are dealing with flooding again with the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) predicting more thunderstorms through the end of the week.

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ICE Confirms Second COVID-19 Case Inside Port Isabel Detention Center

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed a second positive COVID-19 case inside the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, Texas on Wednesday evening. The news came following information from advocates in touch with detainees inside the facility that a man had tested positive before ICE allegedly removed him to a medical facility on…

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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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