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U.S. border agents detained a Cuban woman with her newborn son last week, a day after he was born in a Texas hospital. Advocates worried she was being held in a cell with no beds and lacked the food and care a new mother and newborn need. A federal rule demands Immigration and Customs Enforcement release most detained immigrants after 72 hours. But this mother was detained on Saturday and that deadline passed Tuesday. On Wednesday, CBP said it planned to release the mother and newborn soon and blamed their delayed processing on a rise in border crossings over the last few days. The Associated Press
Top U.S. Official Accused of Border Kill Cover-Up
Rodney Scott, the current chief of Border Patrol, was identified as one of the San Diego officials accused of an illegal cover-up in the investigation of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas’ death in 2010. Hernandez Rojas was caught illegally crossing, and was allegedly beaten and Tased while in custody. He died days later. At least 17 federal officials have been named in a lawsuit filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, with Scott among them. The officials are accused of covering up Hernandez Rojas’ death. Hernandez Rojas’ case is the first time the international court is hearing about an extrajudicial killing by U.S. law enforcement. San Diego Union-Tribune
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Central American Families Released After Almost A Year
For the first time in almost a year, U.S. officials are releasing a significant number of Central American migrant families from custody to shelters in Texas. That’s because Mexico’s Tamaulipas state has been refusing to accept families with children under the age of six. A Center for Disease Control and Prevent order demanded border officials expel most migrants caught crossing the border during the pandemic, including families with children. Two shelter managers said last week that U.S. Border Patrol started releasing families to shelters in Laredo and Brownsville along the border with Tamaulipas. Reuters
Minnesota’s Communities of Color Hesitant on COVID-19 Vaccine
Hassan Ibrahim, a registered nurse and clinic supervisor, expressed excitement when his Minneapolis clinic received its first supplies of the COVID-19 vaccines in mid-January. But he soon found an estimated 60 to 70 percent of patients at the Axis Medical Center, a primary care clinic that serves mainly East African clientele, were hesitant about getting the vaccine. Every time Ibrahim saw their worry, he would assure them that the vaccine was safe. Most of Axis’ 200,000 patients throughout the state are below the federal poverty line and a third of them do not have health insurance. About 70 percent of them are people of color. Sahan Journal
Line Cooks Have a High Risk of Dying During the Pandemic
A new study by the University of California, San Francisco indicates line cooks have the highest risk of death of any profession as they work during the pandemic. Researchers examined California death certificates for working-age people between 18 to 65 during the first seven months of the pandemic, using the certificates’ detailed data to focus on essential workers. The researchers found line cooks saw a 60 percent higher death rate during the pandemic, when compared to their death rate before. Line workers in warehouses, agricultural workers, bakers and construction laborers — professions researchers noted are often held by immigrants — had the next highest death rates. CNBC
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