Timeline for entries tagged “Detention”

A chronology of events related to U.S. border governance and migration

March 4, 2021

The Biden administration is preparing to convert family detention centers in South Texas to rapid-processing centers. The change is expected to cut detention times to a maximum of 72 hours.

Tags: Detention, U.S. Policy

March 4, 2021

Migrant children crossing the border are being held for 77 hours on average, according to CNN. This exceeds the legal limit of 72 hours and demonstrates the inadequate capacity of border infrastructure to handle the current migration influx.

Tags: Detention, Unaccompanied Children

February 26, 2021

ICE officials told immigration activists that they will be ending long-term detention at two Texas facilities, Dilley and Karnes City. Migrants will be held just long enough to administer Covid tests and arrange transportation but will no longer be held to wait for asylum screenings or court dates.  

Tags: Alternatives to Detention, Detention, ICE

May 21, 2020

  • Amnesty International releases a report on family separations throughout the border closure due to the pandemic. It focuses on three “family residential centers” in the United States: the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania, the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, and the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas.

Tags: Detention, Family Separation, Human Rights, Migration

May 12, 2020

  • Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia becomes the first to die from COVID-19 in ICE custody. Escobar Mejia, 57, fled El Salvador as a teenager and lived in the United States for four decades. Apprehended by Border Patrol in January, Escobar Mejia passed away at Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego – where ICE has its largest COVID-19 outbreak.

Tags: Detention, El Salvador, Migrant Deaths, Migration, Public Health

May 7, 2020

  • CBP releases federal enforcement statistics which show a 50% decrease in unauthorized border crossings in April. Border authorities detained 16,789 people compared to 34,064 in April 2019. 14,416 people were quickly expelled as CBP continues their new method of rapid processing and expulsion to minimize detentions. 

Tags: Detention, Expulsions, Migration

April 17, 2020

  • Immigration detainees inside the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego begin a hunger strike to protest the lack of health care precautions that has led to the largest ICE detention outbreak in the country. Detainees are unable to maintain social distancing and the ill are being told to gargle salt water by maskless and gloveless guards before being sent back to their “pods” with no COVID-19 testing taking place. 

Tags: Detention, Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, San Diego

April 10, 2020

  • Detainees in the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, in order to receive a mask, were required to sign a contract absolving CoreCivic – the private company that runs the detention center – of responsibility if they fell ill. Twelve ICE detainees there have tested positive. Upon refusal of the contract, detainees reported being threatened with pepper spray.

Tags: Detention, Human Rights, Migration, Organizational Culture, Public Health

February 13, 2020

  • Newly unsealed court documents reveal that on a majority of days between July 2018 and June 2019, holding cells at 18 of the 24 border crossings were no more than half-full. Legal advocates for migrant rights question the legitimacy of the administration’s claims that the Remain in Mexico policy had to be enacted due to inability to accommodate asylum-seekers in the United States. CBP has long maintained that the number of migrants it can take in is governed not just by the amount of holding-cell space but by available manpower.

Tags: Detention, Human Rights, Migration, Remain in Mexico

January 27, 2020

  • CBP awaits a decision from U.S. District Judge David Bury, as a seven-day trial wraps up over temporary holding conditions for migrants apprehended in the Tucson sector. The case arose from a lawsuit from a coalition of groups suing over miserable conditions in CBP custody despite an earlier injunction mandating minimal standards. CBP custody should not last more than 72 hours, but during fiscal year 2019, of 63,490 people apprehended in the Tucson Sector, one in five (12,030 total) was held longer than 72 hours.

Tags: Apprehensions, Detention, Human Rights, Litigation, Organizational Culture, Tucson