- President Joe Biden declares that the country is close to declaring its independence from the coronavirus.
- The President Faces a Lawsuit From ICE And the Police Due To Moderate Immigration Policies.
- A report revealed a lack of supervision at an ICE detention center.
Washington, Jul 4 (EFE).- The president of the United States, Joe Biden, claimed this Sunday that his country is “closer than ever” to declaring its independence from a “mortal virus”, alluding to the coronavirus pandemic. “Today we celebrate the United States, our freedom, our independence. July 4 is a holy day in our country,” said Biden in his speech on the occasion of this national date.
The president organized his first massive activity at the White House for Independence Day, a date that his government has considered adequate for the reunion of Americans as a family after months of restrictions due to the pandemic. “We are emerging from the darkness of a year of pandemic and isolation,” added the president, who has designated this celebration as “Independence Day and independence from covid-19.”
Biden says there is more to do
“The United States is getting back together,” he stressed. However, he warned that the battle against covid-19 is not over. “We still have a lot of work to do,” said Biden, who insisted that the virus “has not been defeated” when recalling that “powerful” variants such as the delta, initially detected in India, have emerged. In this context, he invited Americans to be immunized, stating that “the best defense against these variants is to get vaccinated” “If you have not been vaccinated, do it now,” asked the president, and noted: “we do not want to go back to where we were ago one year”.
The south garden of the presidential residence welcomed the guests to enjoy a barbecue, one of the most ingrained customs among Americans to celebrate their Independence. Biden recalled the more than 600,000 people who lost their lives due to covid-19 in the country, which adds up to 33.7 million positive cases of the disease out of the total 183.6 million registered worldwide, according to figures. from Johns Hopkins University. The president, who assumed power on January 20, admitted weeks ago that by this date the goal of 70% of adults with at least one dose of the vaccine would not be reached. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 67.1% of the population over 18 years (about 173.1 million) have received at least one injection, while 58.2% already is fully immunized. In the case of the general population, 54.9% (182.4 million) have received a dose and 47.4% have already completed their vaccination. This day, he called on his compatriots to remember who they are. “We are the United States and there is nothing we cannot do if we do it together,” he said, closing his speech with a “happy 4th of July.” EFENEWS
ICE agents and police sue Biden for moderating deportation policy
Miami, Jul 1 (EFE News) .- Texas Marshals and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents sued the Government of US President Joe Biden on Thursday for considering the memorandum by which “illegal and unconstitutional” the arrest criteria were softened and deportation of undocumented people. With their lawsuit, the officers want the Court of the Southern District of Texas, in Galveston, to annul the memorandum signed by the director of ICE, Tae Johnson, by which the guidelines established by the now former President Donald Trump and by which the agents were guided to detain and deport immigrants.
The goal of the Biden Administration was for ICE to focus on those immigrants who may pose a threat to the safety national, who have recently entered the country or have been convicted of a serious crime. However, the plaintiffs believe that the February 18 memorandum instructs ICE officials to refrain from detaining the undocumented unless they fall into “very limited categories” of priority cases.
ICE officials say there are dangers
This has caused, in his opinion, that many “extremely dangerous” undocumented immigrants are released “against the opinion of ICE officials” and in “violation of federal statutes that require their detention and / or expulsion.” This has caused, according to the lawsuit, that the number of arrests and deportations by ICE has fallen “dramatically” and gives as an example that the federal agency detained less than 3,000 undocumented immigrants last April, compared to the average of 8,634 arrests. per month in fiscal year 2020.
In his opinion, all this has caused a “crisis” on the border and in other counties of Texas, which has encouraged a “massive increase in illegal immigration” that is reflected in the fact that last May it was intercepted in the border more than 180,000 immigrants, the highest number in 20 years. “Texas counties have experienced a dramatic increase in the influx of ‘illegal’ aliens and the criminal activity of ‘illegal’ aliens as a result of the implementation of the illegal and unconstitutional February 18 memorandum and the related suspension of enforcement of federal immigration law, ”reads the lawsuit, which Efe had access to.
They also regret that the bailiffs could previously place the detained undocumented immigrants into the custody of immigration agents, but since February 18, ICE officials “have not been able to take custody or issue detention requests.” And they criticize that since the memo was sent, ICE agents can no longer take custody of most of the inmates in the sheriffs’ jails who previously would have been transferred as a result of the controversial 287 (g) program, which establishes cooperation. between local law enforcement authorities and the federal agency. Another reason behind their claim is that since they can no longer turn immigrants over to ICE for deportation, their costs of detention and criminal investigation have increased.
For all this, they ask that the memorandum be considered “illegal”, since, they say, it supposes an “excess of executive authority” and a violation of the Law of Administrative Procedure. In this way, the bailiffs and their employees, as well as ICE agents, could once again “fully comply with their legal obligations” against certain foreigners, they consider. This memo was added to the 100-day moratorium on deportations ordered by Biden as soon as he arrived at the White House in January, but which was suspended by a federal judge in Texas, and other measures with which the Democratic president wanted to distance himself from the tough policies by Trump, who tried by numerous means to reduce immigration to the country, both legal and illegal, and increase deportations by making all the undocumented a possible target of ICE. EFE News
Report Exposes Lack of ICE Supervision at Irwin Detention Center
Los Angeles, Jun 3 (EFE News) .- The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) did not adequately supervise the protocols of consent used by a physician to perform gynecological surgeries, including sterilizations, to migrants held in the Irwin County Detention Center, Georgia, reveals a report released Thursday.
Information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) confirms long-standing problems at the Irwin Detention Center (ICDC), which is in the eye of the hurricane following accusations made against a doctor of performing gynecological procedures at dozens of migrants without their consent. The scandal even led the government of President Joe Biden to order the closure of the place two weeks ago, operated by the private prison corporation LaSalle Corrections since 2011.
Errors in ICE supervision
At least 57 cases of women who were allegedly victims of these procedures have been documented in ICDC, according to congressional data. The report released today describes a series of oversight failures by ICE, notably the lack of adherence to patient consent protocols that physicians must use, the lack of translation services, and the lack of medical personnel who speak Spanish, among others.
Several emails unveiled by the investigation suggest a hands-off approach by ICE in which “it does not track, monitor, or audit whether external medical providers obtained the informed consent of people detained at the ICDC,” the ICDC details in a statement. Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), The National Immigration Project and Project South organizations, which produced the report.
Reports of abuse and neglect
The investigation also found a history of complaints filed with ICE by the Mexican consulate and advocates, with complaints of abuse and neglect at ICDC dating back to 2018. The complaints included “verbal abuse and ongoing discrimination” by ICDC staff, serving spoiled food, unsanitary conditions in showers, hallways and dining rooms, and insect infestation both in food and in common areas, among others.
“With several federal investigations underway, the Government must also thoroughly examine the systemic oversight failures by ICE at this facility and at all other detention facilities across the country,” said CREW President Noah Bookbinder. For her part, Sirine Shebaya, director of the National Immigration Project, warned that she hopes that the Biden Administration will see “this report as further proof that the United States’ immigration detention system is inherently abusive and has irreparable flaws” EFE News
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