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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Federal Judge Orders Bond Hearing For Asylum Seeker Held In ICE Custody Nearly Three Years

A federal judge in Brownsville, Texas ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to facilitate a bond hearing for an asylum seeker the agency has detained at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos for nearly three years. The decision came only after four appeals challenging the man’s order of removal, a separate habeas petition filed by his attorney late last year, and an application for a temporary restraining order seeking the man’s release due to risks posed by COVID-19.

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Matamoros-Based Aid Efforts Are Ongoing

Doctors at Global Response Management in Matamoros have isolated 17 fever-negative patients since preparations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 began six weeks ago, said Andrea Leiner, the organization’s Director of Strategic Plans in a phone call on Thursday. Three of those patients qualified for testing with the health department in Matamoros. All three tests came back negative. “We encouraged their friends and neighbors to help so they weren’t walking around camp,” said Leiner.

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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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