Sep 14, 2017

ICE wants to destroy records of death and sexual abuse

An employee waits at the front gate of the Stewart Detention Facility, a Corrections Corporation of America immigration facility. Photo: Kate Brumback / AP

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has requested permission to destroy records pertaining to death and sexual abuse in its detention facilities after 20 years and records of solitary confinement after three, per the San Diego Union Tribune.

  • Their reasoning: Sarah Rodriguez, spokesperson for ICE, said in a statement: "This is routine, government record maintenance as prescribed by the National Archives and Records Administration...ICE is working to be in full compliance with the federal records authority."
  • Another ICE official said that while "the narrative out there is that we're hiding something," the death, sexual abuse, and solitary confinement files are contained permanently elsewhere.
  • The opposing view: The ACLU voiced concerns that this puts "an entire paper trail for a system rife with human rights and constitutional abuse" at stake, and that keeping documents available "is necessary for the public to understand...the operation of a system that is notorious for inhumane and unconstitutional conditions."

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that the government will ask elementary, middle and high schools around the country to close until late March as an attempt to contain its novel coronavirus outbreak, AP reports.

Why it matters: The government's decision — impacting 12.8 million students across 34,847 schools — comes as concerns mount about the spread of the virus in Japan, which has 189 confirmed cases and hundreds more abroad the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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Why it matters: There’s only so much any president can do to stop a virus from spreading, and for now the coronavirus is still very much under control within the U.S. But if the disease get worse in the months ahead, and if the administration seems to be caught off guard, that spells trouble for public confidence in Trump.

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The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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