Members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents joked about the deaths of migrants, discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas on Monday and posted a vulgar illustration depicting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engaged in oral sex with a detained migrant, according to screenshots of their postings. read more
Rejecting the notion that denouncing the Trump administration's immigrant detention centers as "concentration camps" does harm to the memory of the Holocaust, 200 Jewish people demonstrated at a facility in New Jersey Sunday evening and demanded the release of the thousands of immigrants in U.S. custody. Grassroots group Never Again Action called for all detention centers to be closed and for the U.S. government to protect asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants -- instead of sending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) into communities where the agency has arrested hundreds so far this year in raids. The group reported that 36 participants were arrested for blocking the road to the Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. "I have to do whatever is in my power to disrupt ICE, to close these camps, to provide permanent protection, and to ensure that 'never again' means never again," said Rebecca Oliver, a demonstrator who was arrested.
Freedom for Immigrants maintains the most up-to-date map of the U.S. immigration detention system. The map keeps track of the more than 200 immigrant prisons and jails in the U.S. as well as the programs in our visitation network. Click on the map to learn more. According to federal government data, Texas (15,852), California (6,527), Arizona (3,869), Georgia (3,717), and Louisiana (3,143) are the top five states with the largest number of people in U.S. immigration detention per day. It costs more taxpayer dollars to detain people in Washington ($145.19 per person per day) and California ($144.35) than any other state. This includes the cost of guards, healthcare, and other direct costs.
An African American man recovering from pneumonia says he was arrested after a white security guard and police officers racially profiled him when he went for a walk on his doctor's orders outside a northern Illinois hospital while attached to an IV machine and wearing a hospital gown. Shaquille Dukes, 24, said that what at first appeared to be a misunderstanding escalated into an unnecessary confrontation with police and prompted his arrest and the arrests of two men with him. "As they began to take me to the car, I told them ... I never left the hospital property. And that's when he [a police officer] turned and said, 'Well you're off hospital property now,'" Dukes told ABC News. The incident unfolded just before 5 p.m. on June 9 outside Freeport Health Network Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Illinois, and was caught on cellphone video that went viral after Dukes posted it on his Facebook page.
A woman whose unborn baby died after she was shot in the stomach during an argument has been charged with manslaughter because she allegedly started the fight while the shooter walked free. Marshae Jones, 27, from Birmingham, Alabama, was indicted by a grand jury on a manslaughter charge and taken into custody on Wednesday, AL.com reports. Police initially charged 23-year-old Ebony Jemison with manslaughter but the charge was dismissed when a grand jury failed to indict her. It is believed the argument outside a shop in Pleasant Grove, known as "the good neighbour city", on 4 December last year was about the unborn baby's father. Jones, who was five months pregnant at the time, was picked up in a car after she was shot in the stomach and driven to a nearby city. She was later rushed to hospital after police and paramedics tracked her down but sadly her unborn child did not survive.