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The federal department of Health and Human Services has reversed course on plans for new shelters for unaccompanied migrant children.

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A man has died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a Georgia immigration detention center.

Pedro Arriago-Santoya, 44, was originally apprehended by ICE in Appling County. The Mexican national had been held  at the Stewart Immigration Detention Center in Lumpkin for a little over a week before before he complained of pain to medical personnel on July 20.

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The Atlanta-based rapper held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention earlier this year has donated $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

21 Savage, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, spent nine days in custody in February after ICE said the U.K. national overstayed a visa when he was a minor. He was released on bond and attorneys now say he is working with immigrations officials to secure legal residency.

21 Savage performs at the Voodoo Music Experience in City Park in New Orleans in 2018.
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Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage spoke out Friday for the first time since he was released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The rapper, whose legal name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, spoke on Good Morning America about his arrest and time in the Irwin County Detention Center.


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Attorneys for Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage are fighting to have him released from federal immigration custody and say the detention is to "unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him" into leaving the U.S.

26-year-old She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph has been held by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement since Sunday morning after they say he overstayed a visa and is actually a citizen of the United Kingdom.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announces on Thursday the city will no longer accept ICE detainees at the jail.
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The City of Atlanta will no longer accept U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements detainees at the Atlanta City Detention Center.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed the executive order Thursday morning and called for the five ICE detainees in the city’s detention center to be moved elsewhere.


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Efrain de la Rosa, a 40-year-old detainee at ICE’s Stewart detention center in Lumpkin, was found dead in his cell last Tuesday.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say the preliminary cause of death was self-inflicted strangulation.  The case remains under investigation.


Georgia is a hub of multiculturalism. At Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, there’s a new class tapping into that topic. It's called "Literary Tribalism: How to Read Race, Class, Nation & Gender." Oglethorpe University English professor Reshmi Hebbar joined us in studio to tell us about her new class. Her students, Caleb Logan and Yasmin Tehrani, also joined the conversation.

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Police aren't required by law to collaborate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on immigration control. It's a choice.

 

Athens-Clarke County recently joined at least seven other Georgia communities that refuse to honor ICE detainers. That’s when ICE asks local jails to hold people they’ve booked until ICE agents can come get them.

 

It’s a different story elsewhere in Georgia, a recent investigation found. According to an article reported by On Second Thought's Adam Ragusea and his journalism students at Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism, some cities and counties eagerly cooperate with ICE.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would halt its Legal Orientation Program, which provides legal advice and information to detained immigrants. The DOJ has also suspended a telephone helpline. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says this isn't the only obstacle immigrants face when it comes to legal assistance. In a new lawsuit, the SPLC claims federal immigration officials make it difficult for detainees to communicate with their attorneys. In the lawsuit, the Southern Poverty Law Center calls out two Georgia detention centers as part of the problem. SPLC legal director Lisa Graybill and immigration lawyer Hiba Ghalib talked with us about immigrants' access to legal assistance.  

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Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would halt its Legal Orientation Program, which provides legal advice and information to detained immigrants. The DOJ has also suspended a telephone helpline.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says this isn't the only obstacle immigrants face when it comes to legal assistance. In a new lawsuit, the SPLC claims federal immigration officials make it difficult for detainees to communicate with their attorneys. In the lawsuit, the Southern Poverty Law Center calls out two Georgia detention centers as part of the problem. 

The Trump administration wants to expand its network of immigrant jails. In recent months, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has called for five new detention facilities to be built and operated by private prison corporations across the country. Critics are alarmed at the rising fortunes of an industry that had fallen out of favor with the previous administration.

As the water rose on their first-floor apartment, Rosa Sosa and her family fled to a vacant unit on the second floor. They watched in horror as it continued to rise, as it swallowed most of the cars in the parking lot that rings their sprawling two-story complex, as it stuck around, stubbornly, even after the rain stopped.

The highest court in Massachusetts ruled Monday that local law enforcement cannot keep people in custody solely at the request of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The practice, often known as an "ICE detainer," enabled federal authorities to take a longer look at the immigration status of people whom they suspect might be in the country illegally, even if they were otherwise free to leave.

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Federal authorities say a Panamanian detainee at a south Georgia immigration detention center appears to have killed himself.

With a shortage of lawyers to represent low-income immigrants, including those here illegally, the Department of Justice has spent the past three decades recruiting thousands of people without law degrees to help.

President Trump wants to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to enforce his executive orders on immigration.

It wont be easy.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was blunt when asked by a member of Congress about it. He said he will add to the ranks "as fast as we can."

But he quickly added, "we will not lower standards and we will not lower training." Kelly then said he didn't believe "we're going to get 10,000 and 5,000 on board within the next couple of years."