New York City Council Panel to Hold Hearing on Alleged Abuse at Orange County JailDocumented
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The New York City Council’s Immigration Committee will hold a virtual hearing on Monday, February 28, at 10 a.m., regarding a complaint of abuse and unsafe conditions at the Orange County Jail in Goshen, New York, that groups of defense have filed with the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. There will be testimony from state officials, including State Senator Julia Salazar, as well as immigrants detained at the facility. Committee chairwoman, city council member Shahana Hanif, also called for prison officials to testify so they could be questioned under oath about disturbing reports of abuse and outbreaks of COVID-19 in the prison. establishment.
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Documented recently reported on the complaint from immigration advocacy groups, which included first-hand testimony from ten detained immigrants. Since then, two officers from the correctional facility have been moved out of a detention unit. Details of the transfers were included in a Feb. 23 letter from U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams.
In other local immigration news…
ICE drops asylum seekers at rural gas station
Thousands of migrants have been sent to Immigration and Customs Enforcement jails located far from their final destination in the United States. When released at the discretion of ICE, migrants often find themselves without sufficient resources to fend for themselves and cannot always communicate with local groups that can provide assistance. The situation can become perilous, especially in the middle of winter.
Documented’s Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio dove deep into the case of Cristian Enmanuel Sánchez Martínez, 29, an immigrant from Nicaragua, and others who were left behind in a gas station in Batavia, New York on a cold 34 degree morning. Some immigrants hadn’t eaten since the day before, and most had no working phones, had limited amounts of money, and understood little or no English.
After ICE dropped him off, Sánchez Martínez had to travel across the country to his final destination, spending entire days and nights on various buses. He drove buses through six states, starting in New York and eventually arriving in Florida. Read an update on his case on Documented
TVPRA: How US Law Protects Child Victims of Human Trafficking
The latest addition to Documented’s glossary — a resource guide filled with information about the U.S. immigration system — is a detailed examination of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. It dives into the TVPRA and how the law protects child victims of human trafficking. TVPRA includes provisions that govern the rights of unaccompanied foreign children entering the United States. It outlines the main legal procedures regarding how the government deals with unaccompanied children from contiguous and non-contiguous countries. Learn more about legal protection on Documented
How Operation Streamline Changed Illegal Border Crossing
New to Documented’s glossary is also an explanation of Operation Streamline, which dramatically changed how the US government prosecutes illegal crossings in certain areas of the southern border. The initiative’s goal was to deter the number of undocumented immigrants crossing the border, and it was introduced during the administration of President George W. Bush in 2005. Prior to the operation, the government continued the crossing illegal as a civil offense and practiced a catch-up. approach, in which immigrants were released from the custody of the Department of Homeland Security pending their immigration court proceedings. Operation Streamline made the first illegal crossing a criminal offence, even for those without a criminal history. Read on Documented