The Borderline: 10/19–10/25
Bringing you the latest on immigration and border issues: Boston edition.
Hi everyone! This is the twelfth edition of The Borderline, Stories from the Border’s weekly newsletter on immigration and border issues: Boston edition. This is our curated summary of what we’ve been reading and working on throughout the semester in Boston.
This week, we learned that a second man has died this month in federal immigration custody. He was apprehended at the border, and after receiving surgery at a hospital for “cardiac complications,” he died.
The ACLU also released information that more than 1,500 more migrant children have been separated from their parents at the hands of federal officials — this is in addition to what has been previously released to the public.
We also learned that the U.S. government is seeking to begin collection of asylum-seekers’ and other detained immigrants’ DNA so that it can be added to an FBI database used to look for criminals.
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– Vivekae and Meena
We’re learning more about how the federal government is expanding immigrant detention capacities in Louisiana. About how Border Patrol is considering facial recognition body cameras. About how new allegations of child abuse by CBP are surfacing from FOIA documents. About how the third-country rule is continuing to impact asylum-seeking migrants’ chances. About how we’re seeing more Mexican asylum-seekers make claims at the border.
- Mexican man dies in Border Patrol custody: Will pressure on ICE build to release more information on detention conditions after the second death of an immigrant in detention this month?
- US takes step to require DNA samples from asylum-seekers: What does this collection of biometric data for an FBI criminal database indicate about the ways in which the federal government is attempting to collect information about migrants?
- Trump administration withdraws huge fines for some immigrants in U.S. illegally: What does the shift in the Trump administration’s enforcement of these fines indicate for changing immigration policies?
- Federal appeals court questions indefinite detention of migrants: How will the Trump administration’s attempt to detain migrants without the possibility bond evolve?
- Lawyers say video of a transgender immigrant who died in ICE custody may have been deleted: What does this case of a detainee death indicate about the ways wrongful death suits might be pursued?
GREATER BOSTON AREA:
- Documents show Boston police officer worked closely with ICE: After pieces of legislation like the Trust Act, which is meant to prevent collaboration with ICE in the case of civil immigration matters, are passed, how can they be effectively enforced?
- 180 immigrants transferred after Suffolk County Jail breaks contract with ICE: What ramifications will these transfers have on these detainees’ immigration cases?
- Federal immigration policies cast shadow in Newton: How are suburban communities across the country coping with changing federal immigration policies?