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A Berks immigration center detainee and six staff have contracted COVID-19 since October

Immigration officials say they are taking detailed precautions, activists call on Gov. Tom Wolf and President-elect Joe Biden to take action.

By Anthony Orozco

ICE, Pa. courts push back on bids to free immigrant families in Berks Center due to COVID-19

After being ordered to release all children in their custody due to the coronavirus pandemic,  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials argued against releasing their parents with them in new court filings.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Updated: June 30, 2020 | 12:30 pm

Activists seeking closure of ICE detention facility turn focus to Berks County’s lone Latino commissioner

Shut Down Berks Coalition brings message to Commissioner Michael Rivera’s home during Monday night protest
By Anthony Orozco/PA Post

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‘Sophie’s choice’ for immigrant families in Pa: separate or remain in custody indefinitely

“Am I going to keep my child in detention…during a pandemic that might kill them? Or be separated from my child?”
By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Lawsuit: ICE family detention in Pa. is a ‘tinderbox’ due to COVID-19

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court on behalf of 56 immigrant families held in detention centers in Pennsylvania and Texas, alleging they are “recklessly exposing” children and their parents to the coronavirus.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

‘Extraordinary times’: Advocates call for closure of immigrant detention centers for coronavirus

“There is absolutely no reason they should not shut down the prison.”
By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Three years after famous hunger strike, las Madres Berks reunite to grieve one of their own

The Berks Family Residential Center has been a site of protest for years. Las Madres Berks, as the group of about two dozen former residents call themselves, were ardent critics from inside the immigrant family detention center until some of them won their release in 2017, after nearly two years in federal custody.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Supporting Pa.’s most vulnerable — or not

Domestic violence, lead testing, ICE detention, food stamps
By Emily Previti/PA Post

British family claiming mistreatment deported from ICE detention in Pa.

The seven-member family, which includes two young children and a three-month-old infant, grabbed headlines when two members of the family alleged that their border crossing was accidental, and that they worried their baby would fall sick while in federal custody.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

What the Trump admin’s latest immigration move might mean for Pa.

A detention center in Berks County has been operating in a licensure limbo that could be resolved under the administration’s proposal.
By Katie Meyer