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Texas Prison Detaining Immigrants Under Gov. Abbott

Plus: Tennessee migrant youth shelter sues over permit cancellation, Cuban migration slows amid government protests

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As part of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan for tighter border security, a Texas prison began detaining immigrants accused of state crimes after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. On Wednesday, the Texas State Department of Criminals said Val Verde County already sent three people arrested under Abbott’s orders to the Briscoe Unit. According to the Val Verde County sheriff’s office, the Briscoe detainees were arrested for criminal trespassing. The Val Verde County attorney predicted it was arresting 50 immigrants per day. Abbott has sent about 1,000 Texas Department of Public Safety officers to every county on or near the southern border. The Texas Tribune 

In other national immigration news…

Tennessee Immigrant Youth Shelter Sues State for Suspension

Baptiste Group, a Tennessee shelter for unaccompanied minor immigrants, filed a lawsuit against the state for suspending the facility’s license after an employee was arrested for abuse allegations. The 28-page lawsuit claims the state violated due process protections and was motivated by “bias and racial prejudice.” The Department of Children’s Services suspended the nonprofit’s license earlier this month following child abuse allegations and after a teenage boy ran away from the facility. The suspension came after some Republicans argued the federal government hasn’t been transparent when sharing information about immigrant children moving throughout the state. The Associated Press 

Cuban Migration to Southern Florida Slows After Protests

Migration from Cuba to South Florida was on its way to become the busiest it’s been in the last four years. But that surge stopped abruptly. This week, U.S. Coast Guard officials and other federal agencies responsible for policing migration confirmed they haven’t stumbled upon Cuban migrants at sea or on land anywhere in South Florida in the last 10 days. Officials haven’t commented on why they believe Cubans stopped traveling across the ocean to Florida, but some experts said protests against the Cuban government, which began July 11, could be to blame. The Miami Herald 

TPS Holders and Applicants Demand Stable Solution

Several Temporary Protected Status holders and applicants, along with business leaders, gathered in Orlando to demand a permanent solution for their unstable situations. The American Business Immigration Coalition created the event after a Texas federal judge ruled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program illegal last week. Gabriel Ortiz, a speaker at the event, said he came to visit the U.S. for a short trip from Venezuela but ended up applying for TPS because of the political situation in his country. After the DACA situation, he didn’t want to see if TPS would be ended too. Ortiz and other TPS holders called on Sens. Marco Rubio (R) and Rick Scott (R) to support the Secure Act, which would create a pathway to citizenship for TPS Holders. Spectrum News 13 

Mexican Migrant Shelter Being Shut Down

The largest migrant shelter in Reynosa, a Mexican border city, is being evicted by Mexican officials. It was told to shut down and evacuate by Saturday or face bulldozing. Sena de Vida Ministry is the only long-term overnight facility for migrant families in the area. The letter informing the nonprofit shelter about the eviction was sent by Reynosa officials and stated the shelter was built too close to the Rio Grande, putting it at “high risk” for flooding. This closure would displace about 600 migrants sleeping in the gang-controlled border city as they wait to enter the U.S. Border Report

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