Hard Rock Hotel

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According to his lawyers, Joel Ramirez Palma was on the thirteenth floor of the Hard Rock Hotel building when it began to fall. He survived by jumping down into the floors below him as the concrete and steel collapsed overhead. Ramirez Palma was one of many injured. Three of his coworkers died.

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About 20 activists condemned the continued detention of a construction worker Tuesday morning who was injured during the Hard Rock Hotel collapse last month, and then later detained by immigration officials.

Two days after the partial collapse of the Hard Rock site, Delmer Joel Ramirez-Palma was arrested by US Customs and Border Protection, then detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

He is currently being held at the Catahoula Correctional Center northeast of Alexandria, Louisiana, and is awaiting deportation.

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New Orleans’ Saenger Theater originally opened in 1927 as a vaudeville palace, and struggled through the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s as a movie theatres accommodated changing tastes. In 1977, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was renovated for the large musical theatre tours of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Since then, Katrina damaged it in 2005 and it was again renovated and reopened in 2013. As officials plan an implosion on the Hard Rock site across the street, the theater building sits idle.

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Authorities say one person was killed and three others are still unaccounted for after a partial roof collapse at the under-construction Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans just after 9 a.m. Saturday.

New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Timothy McConnell said at a press conference that the building is considered "unstable" with the potential for another collapse. "It's a very dangerous situation," said McConnell.