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Lawyers Demand Immigrant Detainees Be Released Amidst Fears Of Coronavirus Spread

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U.S. immigration authorities are terrified immigrants that are currently being detained are at risk of contracting the potentially lethal coronavirus and spread it throughout the densely populated detention facilities that are housing them.

Among those lawyers are looking to release is a Cuban asylum seeker who has breast cancer, a disease that severely compromises the immune system and could make her more vulnerable to complications from the coronavirus.

Here’s more on this story from Yahoo News:

In her four months in immigration detention, the 39-year-old woman has contracted flu and numerous infections and was recently transferred to a detention facility in rural Louisiana, her attorney wrote in a request to federal immigration authorities for what is known as humanitarian parole.

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Attorneys are scrambling to file petitions like hers around the country asking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and courts to grant discretionary release and reconsideration of bond denials based on an elevated risk to the detained immigrants of contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The immigrants are seeking to be released in the United States while they pursue asylum and other claims to avoid being returned to their home countries.

“The effect of her exposure to this virus could be deadly given what little information we have about how to treat and control this outbreak,” Linda Corchado, the Cuban asylum seeker’s lawyer, wrote in her parole request.

This whole coronavirus situation has raised a lot of ethical questions and concerns, this definitely being one of the top that we need to discuss as a nation. Do we forego the law and allow this individual to just walk free? Or do we find a different solution, like perhaps quarantining her at a hospital so she doesn’t contract the virus and possibly succumb to complications?

Las Americas, Corchado’s organization based in El Paso, Texas, is working with other non-profit groups to file some 60 parole requests, Corchado said, including for a pregnant woman, a man in his late 30s with diabetes and a 55-year-old woman with unspecified underlying health issues.

Other organizations and individual lawyers around the country told Reuters they are pursuing similar bids to free detained immigrants. For example, an attorney at the Brooklyn Defenders legal aid group in New York said it was filing dozens of petitions for release based on the risk of coronavirus.

The balance between upholding the law and being a nation that is equal under the law, while also preserving our belief that all human life is precious and has value is a difficult one to strike.

However, we also have to be aware that the left is notorious for using crisis situations to their advantage when it comes to pushing a particular agenda, therefore, caution in these matters must be exercised.

More than 2,000 immigration detainees were quarantined after mumps and other infectious diseases spread to nearly 900 people in 57 detention centers in 19 states between September 2018 and August 2019. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that 84% of those people were infected within government facilities.

The adequacy of medical quarantine in these facilities came under scrutiny even before the emergence of the coronavirus. Reuters reported this month that federal inspectors found quarantine measures at a detention center in rural New Mexico that experienced a mumps outbreak were inadequate, among other deficiencies in healthcare there.

Measures must be taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus, even among prisoners and those being detained for immigration purposes. If we do not, and these folks just get let loose in the open, either in their home countries or in our own, this could blow back on us and cause yet another epidemic or worse, pandemic.

What that looks like, honestly, is anyone’s guess.

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Authorities Confirm Identity of Remains Found in Search for Brian Laundrie

But are there more questions than answers still?

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Life is no fairy tale, that is for sure, and it certainly isn’t fair.

That seems to be the prevailing mood among those seeking justice for Gabby Petito after authorities in Florida made a stunning announcement on Thursday. 

The FBI confirmed Thursday that it had found the remains of Brian Laundrie, the 23-year-old fiancé of Gabby Petito and the only person of interest in her death.

In a statement, the FBI’s Denver field office, which has been leading the investigation, said a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found in Carlton Reserve and the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Sarasota County, Fla., on Wednesday were those of Laundrie.

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Oddly, Brian’s parents were involved in the discovery of the items belonging to their son.

Steven Bertolino, an attorney for Laundrie’s parents, said police came to their North Port, Fla., home late Thursday afternoon to notify them.

On Wednesday, partial human remains, as well as a backpack and notebook belonging to Laundrie, were found along a trail in the Myakkahatchee park, which is adjacent to the 24,565-acre Carlton Reserve, where Laundrie’s parents told police they believed he was headed when they reported him missing last month.

Bertolino said on Wednesday that Laundrie’s parents had gone to the park to search for their son that morning and met with North Port police and the FBI.

“Chris and Roberta Laundrie went to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park this morning to search for Brian,” Bertolino said in a statement. “After a brief search of a trail that Brian frequented, some articles belonging to Brian were found.”

The news will come as a disappointment to those who hoped Laundrie would be captured and questioned regarding the death of his fiancée, but the mention of a “notebook” found near the body does offer some hope that some explanation could be forthcoming.

Life is no fairy tale, that is for sure, and it certainly isn’t fair. That seems to be the prevailing mood among those seeking justice for Gabby Petito after authorities in Florida made a stunning announcement on Thursday.  The FBI confirmed Thursday that it had found the remains of Brian Laundrie, the 23-year-old fiancé of Gabby Petito and the only person of interest in her death. In a statement, the FBI’s Denver field office, which has been leading the investigation, said a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found in Carlton Reserve and the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Sarasota County, Fla., on Wednesday were those of Laundrie. Oddly, Brian’s parents were involved in the discovery of the items belonging to their son. Steven Bertolino, an attorney for Laundrie’s parents, said police came to their North Port, Fla., home late Thursday afternoon to notify them. On Wednesday, partial human remains, as well as a backpack and notebook belonging to Laundrie, were found along a trail in the Myakkahatchee park, which is adjacent to the 24,565-acre Carlton Reserve, where Laundrie’s parents told police they believed he was headed when they reported him missing last month. Bertolino said on Wednesday that Laundrie’s parents had gone to the park to search for their son that morning and met with North Port police and the FBI. “Chris and Roberta Laundrie went to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park this morning to search for Brian,” Bertolino said in a statement. “After a brief search of a trail that Brian frequented, some articles belonging to Brian were found.” The news will come as a disappointment to those who hoped Laundrie would be captured and questioned regarding the death of his fiancée, but the mention of a “notebook” found near the body does offer some…

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Alec Baldwin Shoots and Kills Crew Member on Set of Latest Movie

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Hollywood was rocked on Thursday after a nigh-unfathomable accident occurred on the set of the latest project from Alec Baldwin, and there are still plenty of questions left unanswered.

It all began when Baldwin discharged a “prop” gun on set, meant to be loaded only with blanks and dummy rounds.

Alec Baldwin allegedly repeatedly asked ‘why was I handed a hot gun?’ after he accidentally shot and killed a female cinematographer and wounded a director yesterday on the set of his new film Rust.

Halyna Hutchins, 42, died shortly after being shot by Baldwin around 1.50pm Thursday at Bonanza Creek Ranch, near the city of Santa Fe in New Mexico. Joel Souza, 48, the film’s director, was also hurt and spent several hours in hospital, but was released later the same evening.

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Police have disclosed few details about the shooting, saying only that a ‘projectile’ was fired by a ‘prop gun’ and they are investigating.

At close range, even blanks can be dangerous, but it was not clear why Baldwin was pointing a gun at anyone, period.

Mike Tristano, 60, a Hollywood armorer with 30 years’ experience who spoke to the Dailymail.com, said ultimate responsibility for gun safety on movie set rests with the armorer.

The movie’s armorer or weapons master has not been been named. Sante Fe Sheriff’s Department says it will continue to interview ‘witnesses’ on Friday.

‘There should have been blanks in the gun, the on-set armorer’s job is to check that before handing the weapon over,’ Tristan said.

‘They then make sure that the actor stands on a mark and never points the gun at the crew or cast… the editing makes it seem like they were pointing at their co-actor.

‘That’s why everyone in the industry is very confused. How this happened is a total mystery at the moment.’

Baldwin has not been charged with a crime at this time, but the investigation is still ongoing.

Hollywood was rocked on Thursday after a nigh-unfathomable accident occurred on the set of the latest project from Alec Baldwin, and there are still plenty of questions left unanswered. It all began when Baldwin discharged a “prop” gun on set, meant to be loaded only with blanks and dummy rounds. Alec Baldwin allegedly repeatedly asked ‘why was I handed a hot gun?’ after he accidentally shot and killed a female cinematographer and wounded a director yesterday on the set of his new film Rust. Halyna Hutchins, 42, died shortly after being shot by Baldwin around 1.50pm Thursday at Bonanza Creek Ranch, near the city of Santa Fe in New Mexico. Joel Souza, 48, the film’s director, was also hurt and spent several hours in hospital, but was released later the same evening. Police have disclosed few details about the shooting, saying only that a ‘projectile’ was fired by a ‘prop gun’ and they are investigating. At close range, even blanks can be dangerous, but it was not clear why Baldwin was pointing a gun at anyone, period. Mike Tristano, 60, a Hollywood armorer with 30 years’ experience who spoke to the Dailymail.com, said ultimate responsibility for gun safety on movie set rests with the armorer. The movie’s armorer or weapons master has not been been named. Sante Fe Sheriff’s Department says it will continue to interview ‘witnesses’ on Friday. ‘There should have been blanks in the gun, the on-set armorer’s job is to check that before handing the weapon over,’ Tristan said. ‘They then make sure that the actor stands on a mark and never points the gun at the crew or cast… the editing makes it seem like they were pointing at their co-actor. ‘That’s why everyone in the industry is very confused. How this happened is a total mystery…

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