At least 19 women at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia have accused a doctor of performing "unnecessary" gynaecological surgeries without their consent.
Local officials said federal law enforcement, not police, fired the gas at protesters gathered outside a building of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Lawmakers have called for a probe following reports from a whistleblower into the treatment of immigrants at an ICE center in Georgia.
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform called for an investigation into "shocking allegations of medical atrocities" at the ICE detention center.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the U.S. "has engaged in a program of mass human rights violations targeting immigrants."
"Given that [Pham's] already worked for ICE within this administration, and this administration has aggressively ramped up targeting of Southeast Asian refugee communities, we don't feel optimistic that there will be a change in how ICE is run," Phi Nguyen said.
Attorneys issued a letter to ICE and Homeland Security Department representatives on Wednesday, detailing alleged violations of detainees' constitutional rights to free religious exercise.
In an interview with Newsweek, DHS Acting Seputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said believes racial injustice is a problem in the U.S., but that federal officers were right to crack down on "violent agitators."
Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said the DHS would take "all necessary measures to ensure the safety of its officers and detainees."
"We were worried they were going to die," immigration attorney Lisa Knox told Newsweek.
"Immigration Nation" on Netflix contains a no-holds-barred look at the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who reportedly took exception with some scenes in the documentary.
"Iowa's Hispanic community doesn't need any public relations spin from Homeland Security to know ICE is a dangerous," said Juan Manuel Galvez Ibarra.
The detainees said they have serious underlying medical issues that would exasperate their condition if they were to also contract coronavirus.
Leaving the agency, Matthew Albence said, was "an exceptionally hard decision" to make.
The flood was prompted by Jewish political action group Never Again Action, which campaigns to abolish ICE.
ICE agents share their feelings on what it's like to be seen as "the bad guys" in a new Netflix series, "Immigration Nation."
Watch the trailer for the new Netflix series in an exclusive launch on Newsweek.com.
ICE has faced scrutiny over the program, which is expected to focus on its Enforcement and Removal Operations unit.
"Now, they're deemed essential workers, but they're still treated as disposable," said Lorena Quiroz, an organizer of Working Together MS.
A full House Committee of Appropriations markup of the Homeland Security 2021 funding bill is set to take place on Wednesday.
A new program focused on ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations unit has prompted backlash.
California is the first state to sue the Trump administration over its rule barring many international students from staying in the country.
"Defensive tactics, firearms familiarization and targeted arrests" are among the training attendees will receive, according to a letter from Chicago ICE Field Office Director Robert Guadian.
"One of my colleagues told me that he would teach outside in the snow if he needed to," said Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken.
The new rule seeks to force international university and college students enrolled in online-only courses to return home.
"The order came down without notice—its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness," said Harvard President Larry Bacow.
Immigration Centers of America oversees the Farmville Detention Center, which has seen a surge in coronavirus cases.
"Due to current restrictions and to not overrun the country's capacity, there are currently only two weekly flights with a total of 50 passengers each," Guatemala Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ana Patricia Letona said Tuesday.
Human rights leaders say the U.S.' deportations amid the coronavirus pandemic have wreaked havoc on Haiti's healthcare system.