For the past 15 years there have been protective requirements for jails that hold immigrants facing deportations such as notifying immigration officials if a detainee spends 2 or more weeks in solitary confinement, however, with the Trump administration looking for jail space for its crackdown on illegal immigration, these rules and protections are in danger. The incentive to eliminate these rules and regulations is to entice more sheriffs and local officials to make their correctional facilities available.
The program that offers modest college scholarships to undocumented students who want to achieve higher education – “Dreamers” – saw a 40% increase in applications. The program was expecting a chilling effect with all of the recent anti-immigration policies – however, these “Dreamers” proved that they will not self-deport.
An anti-detention group spokeswoman says that as many as 750 detainees at the privately run Northwest Detention Center are refusing meals as the strike entered its third day Thursday, April 13. There is currently so sign of ending despite ongoing negotiations between detainees, ICE, and the prison contractor that operates the facility. The detainees are protesting the quality of food, facility hygiene, access to medical care, lack of recreation, and unreasonably high commissary prices. There is also a group of protestors who are staying in a makeshift tent outside the detention center who also say they want to eliminate immigration detention.
Derek Onserio, a senior at Providence Academy in Plymouth was accepted to eighty Ivy League schools. Onserio is the son of Kenyan immigrants and wants to start a nonprofit to help at-risk children, saying “Education is the way out.”
According to U.S. Pentagon officials, U.S. forces in Afghanistan struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the “mother of all bombs” – the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military. The Pentagon said it had no early estimate of deaths or damage caused.