Prior to COVID-19, text messages were free for Miami's ICE detainees; not anymore

MIAMI — Just when they say they need it most, immigration detainees in Miami-Dade County say the federal government and its telecommunications contractor have made it more costly to communicate with the outside world during the global health pandemic.“Texting our families used to be free, but about three months ago they changed that,” said one of 16 detainees interviewed by the Miami Herald for this story. Because of their immigration status, the Herald has agreed to not reveal names.“We are living through a pandemic; this is when we need to communicate the most,” the Guatemalan national, who …

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