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U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT

 

 

Confusion and uncertainty at two immigration detention facilities in Virginia have detainees worried about the spread of COVID-19, even as officials report no confirmed cases in either facility. 

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This past weekend undocumented immigrants across Virginia braced for raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As of Tuesday those threats appear not to have materialized. Still advocates say there’s been an uptick in safety checkpoints. 

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An outbreak of mumps at an immigration detention center in Virginia is growing. Authorities say there are now 24 confirmed or suspected cases at the Farmville facility. That’s up from 16 cases last week. Immigrant advocates say it’s part of a larger problem.

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Frustrated by the federal government’s failure to fix this country’s immigration system, some people are doing what they can at the  local level. 

In Charlottesville, for example, voters are urging the local jail board to stop calling ICE agents when an undocumented person is being released. 

Board members are expected to vote on the issue later this month.

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How closely should local jails work with federal immigration officials? That’s an issue that lawmakers are debating in Richmond.

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