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Lawyers: Asylum seekers whose claims were rejected under illegal rules should get another chance

Lawyers representing families detained at the Berks County Residential Center say Immigrations and Customs Enforcement may deport two families as soon as this weekend.

By Alanna Elder

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Employee at Berks County immigration detention center tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at Berks County Residential Center received a positive test result for COVID-19 on Oct. 16, a week after last working in the building, according to a letter sent to families detained there.

By Alanna Elder and Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Updated: July 31, 2020 | 12:45 pm

Immigration activists stage Wednesday night protest outside Pennsylvania governor’s mansion

Sunrise Movement protesters used a projector to display statements of immigrant families being held in the Berks County Residential Center. The statements described the emotional cost of family detention and reported the center’s failure to take precautions against the spread of coronavirus.

By Anthony Orozco/PA Post

Court rules ICE must release children at Berks Residential Center, but advocates are concerned

“We have unfortunately seen Judge Gee’s orders ignored by ICE multiple times since 2015.”
By Alanna Elder

Governor Wolf announces support for judges decision on immigrant detention centers

Some families have been detained since last year.

By Craig Rhodes

‘Confinement and desperation’ at Berks County immigrant detention center detailed in auditor general’s report

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has twice denied requests to tour the Berks County Residential Center, where people are being kept for months while they await administrative hearings.

By Brett Sholtis

Gov. Wolf and a Berks County official are plotting ways to close an immigrant detention center

The controversial Berks Family Residential Center is one of three facilities in the US that detains undocumented parents and children together.
By Katie Meyer