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The American Civil Liberties Union and Physicians for Human Rights released a report revealing Immigration and Customs Enforcement force-fed detainees who were on a hunger strike and threatened them with deportation, excessive force or transfer to other facilities. Court documents obtained by the ACLU display that ICE acquired court orders to force-feed or conduct involuntary medical procedures on immigrants about 15 times between August 2015 to August 2017. John Otieno, an East African asylum seeker, said he tried fighting against six officers and three nurses forcing a feeding tube down his nose. He was sedated and handcuffed to a stretcher with his chest, arms and legs restrained. BuzzFeed News
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Iowa Deploying 30 State Officers to U.S.-Mexico Border
Iowa will send about 30 state police officers for a two-week deployment to Texas. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) agreed to a request from GOP governors in Texas and Arizona to assist in fighting crime at the southern border. The Iowa Department of Public Safety didn’t say when the deployment would begin or how officers would be picked. Critics say the arrangement was a political betrayal that wouldn’t accomplish much. Republican governors in Florida, Idaho and Nebraska agreed to send officers as well. The Associated Press
Voces de la Frontera Organizes Wisconsin March for Immigration Reform
Wisconsin residents and Voces de la Frontera will close National Immigration Heritage month by marching for immigration reform. Starting last Sunday, marchers began a nine-day trek from Milwaukee to a statewide rally at the Capitol in Madison on Monday. The more than 90-mile march is meant to push the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress to pass a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants throughout the U.S. “Immigrant essential workers have been fighting for our dignity for decades, and our time is now,” said Guadalupe Romero, an immigrant essential worker in the food industry. Shepherd Express
Data Shows How Immigrants and Refugees Play a Role in Minneapolis Economy
A new report from the New American Economy, along with the Minneapolis Regional Chamber and Office of Immigrant Refugee Affairs, shows how immigrants and refugees have impacted Minneapolis’ economy. Immigrants and refugees supported local businesses as consumers and employers while also paying taxes. In 2019, immigrants and refugees held $1.2 billion in spending power, which is roughly 11 percent of the spending power in the area. Immigrants also represent 13.2 percent of entrepreneurs in Minneapolis while making up 14.9 percent of the population. The 2,700 immigrants that worked for their own business brought in $37.6 million in business income in 2019. Sahan Journal
Mother and Daughter Separated By Trump And Reunited in Tampa
Yudissa and her daughter Jissel were reunited at the Tampa airport this week after being separated under the Trump administration. In 2018, then-12-year-old Jissel had to hug Yudissa goodbye at the Border Patrol facility in El Paso as the family was split up. Yudissa was told she could reunite with her daughter in two to three days. But border officials then informed Yudissa she would be sent from a different facility from Jissel. She said they described it punishment for crossing the border. Yudissa instead begged to be deported back to Honduras with Jissel. NBC News
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