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Yahoo! BooksAug 23, 2019
Hotline for detained migrants featured on Orange is the New Black shut down
Hotline shut down by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement connected detained migrants to an advocacy groupFounded in 2013, the hotline connected migrants with advocates at Freedom for Immigrants, which also consulted for the Netflix production and was named in the show. Photograph: Handout/Getty ImagesUS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) has shut down a national hotline that connected detained migrants to an advocacy group, a month after the hotline was featured in a storyline in the final season of the hit TV series Orange is the New Black.Founded in 2013, the hotline connected migrants in the world's largest immigration detention system with advocates at Freedom for Immigrants, which also consulted for the award-winning Netflix production and was named in the show.Freedom for Immigrants runs and supports visitation programs in detention centers. It sent a cease-and-desist letter to Ice, alleging the government agency was retaliating and violating its right to exercise free speech after its profile grew."Ice is attempting to silence its critics and block people in immigration detention from connecting with communities on the outside," said Christina Fialho, the group's co-executive director. "It's disappointing, but not unexpected, that Trump's Ice would engage in such cruel and undemocratic behavior."Shawn Neudauer, an Ice spokesman, said all Ice facilities provide detainees with reasonable access to phones and that detainees are allowed to make free calls to an Ice-approv

TV by the NumbersAug 23, 2019
Thursday cable ratings: ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation' stays strong, ‘Flip or Flop' rises
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VultureFeb 08, 2019
On the Set of One Day at a Time, Gloria Estefan Is Everyone's Hero

For two seasons, we've heard Gloria Estefan's deep, raspy tone on One Day at a Time's salsa theme song, a blessing of the highest Cuban-American order for Norman Lear's reboot of his '70s hit show. But on this summer day in Los Angeles, it's not Estefan belting "This is it!" ... More »

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