U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

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.”

Immigrant communities are bracing for nationwide raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to begin on Sunday, planning protests and working with legal aid groups to provide advice to those affected.

The raids are expected to target recently arrived migrant families who have already received final orders of removal from an immigration judge.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents mine millions of driver's license photos for possible facial recognition matches — and some of those efforts target undocumented immigrants who have legally obtained driver's licenses, according to researchers at Georgetown University Law Center, which obtained documents related to the searches.

Lights for Liberty

People are protesting the U.S.’s treatment of immigrants, with vigils planned across the country for the night of Friday, July 12. Collectively, the national event is called “Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps.” 

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