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In Arizona, a woman behind bars at the Perryville women's prison reports hearing coughing echoing through the warehouse-style dorms all night.

In New Jersey, an immigrant detainee being held in the Essex County jail has been put on quarantine cleaning duty even though he's been sick. He fears he's spreading the coronavirus.

And at the Etowah County jail in Alabama, Karim Golding, an immigrant detainee who's fighting deportation to Jamaica, says he's been feeling short of breath and worries he got coronavirus from the guards or new detainees coming in and out.

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Inside a small mobile home in rural Colorado, dark brown curtains are pulled tightly across the windows, locking out light from outside.

A woman who we'll call "A" lives here with her husband and three young children. We're not using her real name to protect her identity, because "A" is originally from Guatemala and undocumented. Like many people in her position, she fears an encounter with immigration officials could force her and her family to return to the country they fled nearly two years ago.

Esther Honig

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado has released a report recounting in detail, eight individual cases of detainees held at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Aurora.

Civil rights groups have filed a class action lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement for failing to treat the medical and mental health needs of detainees. Two of the plaintiffs are being held in the Mountain West. 

Yoel Alonso sat in a cell for 10 months before he ever met with a lawyer. His wife had to travel 1,000 miles to visit him at the remote Louisiana facility where he was detained.

Alonso is not imprisoned for committing a crime. In fact, he turned himself in to immigration officials last October, seeking asylum from Cuba. Since then, he has been detained in two rural facilities — first in Louisiana, and now in Adams County, Miss. — where he is faced with daunting legal hurdles. Chief among them: Alonso has met his lawyer only once in his nearly 11 months in federal custody.

Federal agents carried out one of the largest immigration raids in recent history this week, arresting nearly 700 workers at chicken processing plants in Mississippi.

But you can still buy a rotisserie bird at your local supermarket tonight for less than $10.

So far, the government crackdown has had little effect on the wider food processing industry, a dangerous business that is heavily reliant on immigrant labor.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement invited journalists to visit their detention center in Aurora Friday. The facility, run by private contractor GEO Group, has been at the center of a string of recent stories in the area, from holding parents that were separated from their children at the border to quarantines for outbreaks of mumps and chickenpox, to local and national politicians calling for more oversight at the facility.

Here’s a debrief about the facility and what’s going on there.

Last October, Osny Kidd was arrested outside his Los Angeles apartment and taken to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Adelanto, Calif.

"I was in handcuffs from feet to waist to arms. I arrived there in chains," Kidd says. Over 76 days, he says, he was strip searched, subject to filthy conditions, denied medications, and briefly placed in solitary confinement.

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While communities in 10 U.S. cities, including Denver, braced for mass deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, by midnight on Sunday only a very small number of arrests had been reported.

The Colorado Rapid Response Network, which works to independently verify any ICE activity, had not confirmed any arrests the entire weekend.

Denver Mayor's Office

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said city law enforcement will not provide any assistance to Immigration and Customs Enforcement during deportation raids expected to take place starting Sunday.  

Several media outlets report President Trump confirmed the mass deportations will begin this weekend. According to a tweet Trump made in June, ICE will target those who “have already been ordered to be deported.”