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Viatorians Support Latin America Working Group in Defending Rights of Migrants

February 18, 2020

In the latest Migration News Brief published by the Washington-based Latin America Working Group, its officials point to ways in which the Trump administration are denying migrants their due process. Here are some of the latest examples:

ICE Detainees Were Held Without Bond Hearings for Months. Attorneys Worry It Will Get Worse.
Adolfo Flores, Buzzfeed News, February 13, 2020
“Attorneys with clients held at an immigration detention center in New Mexico have found that at least 174 immigrants were held for months without a bond hearing, in some cases despite repeated requests from lawyers.”

Trump administration puts pressure on completing deportation cases of migrant children
Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, February 12, 2020
“The message seems designed to apply pressure on immigration judges to wrap up such cases within a 60-day window that’s rarely met and falls in line with a broader effort by the administration to complete immigration cases at a faster speed.”

Judge orders Immigration Detention Hotline Restores
The Associated Press, New York Times, February 12, 2020
“It was not immediately clear when the line would be restored. A message sent to ICE seeking comment was not immediately returned.”