New York Times: U.S. Must Release Children From Family Detention Centers, Judge Rules

New York Times: U.S. Must Release Children From Family Detention Centers, Judge Rules. “The order to release the children by July 17 came after plaintiffs in a long-running case reported that some of them have tested positive for the virus. It applies to children who have been held for more than 20 days in the detention centers run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, two in Texas and one in Pennsylvania.”

NBC News: Detained migrants say they were forced to clean COVID-infected ICE facility

NBC News: Detained migrants say they were forced to clean COVID-infected ICE facility. “Asylum-seeking migrants locked up inside an Arizona Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center with one of the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases say they were forced to clean the facility and are ‘begging’ for protection from the virus, according to a letter obtained exclusively by NBC News.”

NBC News: ICE keeps transferring detainees around the country, leading to COVID-19 outbreaks

NBC News: ICE keeps transferring detainees around the country, leading to COVID-19 outbreaks. “In the past several months, while most Americans have been ordered to shelter at home, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has shuffled hundreds of people in its custody around the country. Immigrants have been transferred from California to Florida, Florida to New Mexico, Arizona to Washington State, Pennsylvania to Texas. These transfers, which ICE says were sometimes done to curb the spread of coronavirus, have led to outbreaks in facilities in Texas, Ohio, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, according to attorneys, news reports and ICE declarations filed in federal courts.”

BuzzFeed News: An Immigrant Man In ICE Custody Died After Contracting The Coronavirus

BuzzFeed News: An Immigrant Man In ICE Custody Died After Contracting The Coronavirus. “A 34-year-old Guatemalan man who tested positive for COVID-19 died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at a Georgia hospital on Sunday, according to an internal government report obtained by BuzzFeed News. His death comes weeks after a 57-year-old man in ICE custody in San Diego died after testing positive for COVID-19. The San Diego County medical examiner’s office said the man, Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, died of acute respiratory failure due to pneumonia resulting from COVID-19. He was the first immigrant in ICE custody to die of the disease.”

ABC News: New allegations pressure ICE to release immigrant detainees

ABC News: New allegations pressure ICE to release immigrant detainees. “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement faces mounting pressure as COVID-19 continues to spread through its detention facilities and civil liberty advocates levy new allegations of misconduct. Amid the health crisis, a joint report released this week from the ACLU, Human Rights Watch and National Immigrant Justice Center alleges ‘cruel treatment and neglect’ of disabled detainees, improper use of solitary confinement as well as multiple instances of unsanitary conditions at ICE facilities.”

The Verge: ICE rigged its algorithms to keep immigrants in jail, claims lawsuit

The Verge: ICE rigged its algorithms to keep immigrants in jail, claims lawsuit. “A new lawsuit claims Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rigged software to create a ‘secret no-release policy’ for people suspected of breaking immigration laws. ICE’s New York office uses a risk assessment algorithm to recommend that an arrestee be released or detained until a hearing. But the New York Civil Liberties Union and Bronx Defenders say the algorithm was changed in 2015 and again in 2017, removing the ability to recommend release, even for arrestees who posed no threat.”

The Intercept: How ICE Uses Social Media To Surveil And Arrest Immigrants

The Intercept: How ICE Uses Social Media To Surveil And Arrest Immigrants. “EMAILS SENT BY Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials expose how ICE used social media and information gleaned by for-profit data brokers to track down and arrest an immigrant in Southern California. In the emails, which were disclosed in federal court filings, officials discussed the relationship status of the person, noting that he was ‘broken hearted,’ according to Facebook posts, and confirmed his identity through pictures posted at his father’s birthday party.”

Los Angeles Times: Developers join call for GitHub to cancel its ICE contract

Los Angeles Times: Developers join call for GitHub to cancel its ICE contract. “Since at least September, employees of GitHub have been pressuring the Microsoft-owned code repository to terminate its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, without success. Now they’re getting reinforcements from a constituency that could have more clout.”

The Verge: ICE and the FBI are using facial recognition on driver’s license databases around the US

The Verge: ICE and the FBI are using facial recognition on driver’s license databases around the US. “Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are widely using facial recognition tools on state driver’s license databases around the country, according to newly released documents.”

Early Arrival: New Database Casts Light on NYC ICE arrests (Documented NY)

Documented NY: Early Arrival: New Database Casts Light on NYC ICE arrests. “Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights created the database, which spans from 2013 until today, using data they gathered through two state initiatives: the Regional Immigration Assistance Centers and the Immigrant Family Unity Project.”

Gizmodo: A Twitter Bot Has Joined the Immigration Battle to Fight ICE With Facts

Gizmodo: A Twitter Bot Has Joined the Immigration Battle to Fight ICE With Facts. “A bot on Twitter is sharing images of all 212 immigration detention centers along with the address and demographic information of each location, tossing cold, hard facts into the heated online debate over immigration in America.”