Entertainment'Orange Is The New Black' featured an immigrant detention hotline. ICE shut it down.
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A toll-free hotline designed to help immigrants in detention centers get legal counsel was shut down by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after the number was mentioned in the acclaimed Netflix series "Orange Is The New Black," according to the California-based group that runs it.
The Freedom for Immigrants’ National Immigration Detention Hotline has been an available resource to people in immigration detention since 2013, but it was shut down on Aug. 7, about two weeks after the premiere of the last season of "Orange Is The New Black," the organization said in a press release.
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The Trump administration ceased placing children at the shelter in July. Since March 2018, when the facility was activated, approximately 14,300 unaccompanied minors had been sheltered at Homestead, according to HHS. ABC News reported in July that government officials said the demand for beds at the shelter had declined. © Wilfredo Lee/AP, FILE Children line up to enter a tent at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla., Feb. 19, 2019. Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, an outspoken critic of Homestead, lauded the move to shut down the facility.
The hotline was featured in various episodes. After two longtime characters, "Blanca" and "Maritza," end up in deportation proceedings, they learn that immigrants don’t have the right to a free phone call after they are detained. Without access to money, both characters learn about the Freedom for Immigrants hotline and start passing out the number to others in the facility.
“The timing of the shutdown is deeply concerning. Freedom for Immigrants is being targeted for exposing abuses in detention and amplifying the stories of people suffering in the system” said Christina Fialho, an attorney and executive director of Freedom for immigrants, in a statement.
Seven producers and actors of the popular Netflix show joined 121 organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center, in signing a letter sent to ICE on Thursday.
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MIAMI - The Homestead detention center for unaccompanied immigrant children is expected to begin accepting kids again as early as October or November, federal government sources say, even though it officially shut down less than two weeks ago. Sources close to the operation told The Miami Herald the federal government is anticipating an influx of children at the border some time in October. “Homestead is not closed.
“We are heartbroken to hear about the shutdown of this hotline," said Vicci Martinez, who plays "Daddy" in "Orange Is The New Black" and one of the actors who signed the letter. "We stand with Freedom for Immigrants and urge ICE to restore their hotline immediately.”
The letter was sent to ICE alongside a cease a desist notice "for blocking Freedom for Immigrants’ ICE Pro Bono telephone extension from being accessed nationwide."
Both actresses, Diane Guerrero and Laura Gómez, who played "Maritza" and "Blanca" respectively, were part of the "Orange Is The New Black" cast who signed the letter to ICE.
Cynthia Galaz, the director of the organization's national hotline, said the service "allows for communication and community building between those inside and outside of detention."
"By blocking access to Freedom for Immigrants’ hotline, ICE furthers community disenfranchisement and prevents the public from knowing about what happens inside these facilities,” she added.
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A formerly detained immigrant activist and frequent hotline caller who identifies by a first name, Vlentín, said in a statement that after being detained in Louisiana and California, "having access to the hotline was very important" because it "was my only connection to the outside to report the medical neglect I suffered."
"I also made friends with many volunteers, who came to recognize me as soon as I said, 'Hello.' The hotline was crucial for me in the face of the abuse and solitude I endured while in detention,” Vlentín added.
NBC News reached out to ICE for comment, but has not yet received a response.
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Immigration detention centers across the U.S. are fighting an outbreak of mumps, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. © U.S. Customs and Border Patrol via Reuters, FILE A view of inside U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facility in Rio Grande City, Texas, on June 17, 2018. The report, released Thursday, says that there have been 931 cases of mumps in a total of 57 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities in 19 states in the last year. The cases have affected both detainees and staff.
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