Poor medical care, including underqualified staff and systemic neglect, has contributed to deaths at immigrant detention facilities around the country, according to a new report by two advocacy groups.
Patrick Michels is a former reporter for Reveal, covering immigration. His coverage focuses on immigration courts and legal access, privatization in immigration enforcement, and the government's care for unaccompanied children. He contributed to Reveal's award-winning project on indigenous land rights disputes created by oil pipelines. Previously, he was a staff writer at the Texas Observer, where his work included an investigation into corruption at the Department of Homeland Security and how the state's broken guardianship system allowed elder abuse to go unchecked. Michels was a Livingston Award finalist for his investigation into the deadly armored car industry. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where his work focused on government contractors grappling with trauma and injuries from their time in Iraq.
A brief history of presidents telling ‘so-called’ judges to get lost
By questioning the legitimacy of judges who disagree with him, and giving agencies room to ignore court rulings, President Donald Trump has turned a once-academic legal question – whether the president has a duty to obey the courts – into a more practical matter of current events.
Detainees at airports can’t talk to lawyers, despite court order
Trump’s order, and ambiguous direction from the Department of Homeland Security related to the court orders, has raised the specter of a full-on constitutional crisis, in which officers acting on the president’s authority simply ignore an order from the judiciary.