People held in two immigration detention centers have faced sweltering heat, no water, a lack of food, and sewage problems in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, according to immigration advocates.

Translated by Luis Rodríguez

José Hernández Pérez, un hondureño de 36 años, había estado viviendo en el Centro de Procesamiento ICE de Pine Prairie, en el centro de Luisiana, durante unos tres meses cuando las personas de su dormitorio de unos 40 años empezaron a enfermarse a mediados de julio.

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When Tatalu Helen Dada called last Friday from the LaSalle Processing Center in Jena, Louisiana, the line was muffled, but her desperation was clear.

“Everyone here, we are at risk,” she said. “You have the officers come in from the streets, they're still bringing people from the streets. So basically our life is in danger.”

The Trump Administration has deported almost 85,000 people for about half of this year.

In New Orleans, many immigrants are worried about their future. Hundreds held a candlelight vigil last night to protest deportations.  

DeePak Singh, author of "How May I Help You? An Immigrant's Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage," speaks with us one writing his memoir, as an immigrant from India, about the perils of immigration to the U.S. for people of all lands and cultures.

In response to President Donald Trump's recent executive order, which places travel bans on people from seven countries in the Middle East, Louisiana’s congressional delegates (U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives) have commented.

Louisiana vs Feds: Passive or Aggressive?

May 18, 2016

Louisiana lawmakers have a love-hate relationship with the Feds. We love those federal funds, but chafe at edicts from Washington D.C.

“We’ve got a federal government that’s telling us how we educate our kids, telling them how they go to the bathroom, telling them everything in the whole world," said Mandeville Senator Jack Donahue in a Judiciary A committee meeting Tuesday.

Task Force Researching Illegal Immigration Costs

Sep 4, 2015
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service

Does it seem like immigration is the issue on everyone’s lips?

Donald Trump is certainly talking about it.

“We have at least 11-million illegals in the country. Not only the jobs they’re taking, but everything else. And you know about the crime wave,” Trump told Fox News recently.

And Bobby Jindal is following suit, telling CBS News this past Sunday, “People that want to come to our country should come legally, should learn English, should adopt our values, roll up their sleeves and get to work.”

It’s been a favorite theme for U.S. Senator David Vitter for several years.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will not lift a hold that has stalled President Obama's plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. The president sought to give temporary protection to people who were brought to the U.S. as children, and to the parents of people who live in the U.S. legally.

The decision blocks an executive action the White House issued late last year and leaves in place a hold that was issued in February by District Judge Andrew Hanen in South Texas.

Update at 4:35 p.m. ET: White House Evaluating Options

Updated at 5:58 p.m.

Seventeen states, led by Texas, are suing the Obama administration over its recent executive actions on immigration.

"The Constitution prescribes immigration policy be fixed by Congress — not by presidential fiat," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the state's governor-elect, said at a news conference in Austin.