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Hundreds of Uighur Muslims from western China have been waiting years for their claims of asylum in the U.S. to be heard. Uighurs’ conditions in China have rapidly deteriorated over the past few years, but many of them have been stuck in the growing immigration backlog. Rights groups say the number of Uighurs remaining in China, many of whom likely have strong asylum claims, is less than 8,000. Many Uighurs came to the U.S. to study or for work and then filed asylum claims after Chinese authorities clamped down in Xinjiang. The Wall Street Journal
In other national immigration news…
Hilton Hotel Chain Will Kick ICE Out of its Properties
The Hilton hotel chain has announced it is taking steps to expel ICE from its properties after it was revealed the agency was using Hampton Inns to detain immigrant children. “Hilton has confirmed reports that the independently owned and managed Hampton Inn & Suites in McAllen, Texas, had accepted reservations from a private contractor working on behalf of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement,” the company said in a statement. “We understand these reservations were to house migrants, including minors, as they were transported between locations… This is not activity that we support or in any way want associated with our hotels.” The Texas hotel was used to detain children 123 times. New York Daily News
Federal Government Misses Deadline to Release 100 Children and Their Parents
The U.S. government did not release 100 immigrant children with their parents, missing the deadline a federal judge set for them to do so amid COVID-19 threats. In fact, more parents and children are being held in immigration detention this month than last. At the detention center in Dilley, Texas, a 3-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy will soon have reached a full year in federal custody. “Our families have had a lot of practice in having their hopes lifted and then crushed,” said Shalyn Fluharty, director of Proyecto Dilley, which represents families at the center. Associated Press