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Former Detainees Say Immigration Jails Profit off Their Labor

Every day, immigrants are told to clean their living areas in a privately run Colorado detention center or risk being put in solitary confinement. Some also volunteer to do jobs as varied as landscaping, more cleaning and cutting other inmates’ hair, but the pay is always the same: $1 a day.    A group of former detainees says the system borders on modern-day slavery. They are challenging it in federal court and have won the right to sue the Denver-area detention center’s operator on behalf of an estimated 60,000 people…

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Former immigration detainees challenge labor practices

AP Photo/David Zalubowski DENVER (AP) — Every day, immigrants are told to clean their living areas in a privately run Colorado detention center or risk being put in solitary confinement. Some also volunteer to do jobs as varied as landscaping, more cleaning and cutting other inmates’ hair, but the pay is always the same – $1 a day. A group of former detainees says the system borders on modern-day slavery. They are challenging it in federal court and have won the right to sue … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Former…

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‘Hotline’ Established Between US, Former Soviet Union on This Day in 1963

In reality, the “hotline” wasn’t a red phone. It may well have been a lifesaver, though, when it was established on this day, June 20, 1963, between the United States government and the former Soviet Union. Its purpose? To lessen via nearly instantaneous communication the threat of an accidental nuclear war. The need became frighteningly obvious during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. The United States had discovered that the Soviets were building missile sites in Cuba capable of firing missiles with nuclear warheads. Eventually, then president John F….

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