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The number of COVID-19 infections in ICE detention centers soars by 520%

2022-01-14T19:17:58.332Z

"The number of people in custody who are medically vulnerable is shocking," denounces a lawyer. There are at least 1,766 migrants monitored or isolated for the virus.



The number of COVID-19 cases among migrants held in ICE detention centers has shot up 520% ​​so far this year, according to statistics released by the federal agency.

As of Wednesday, at least

1,766 migrants were being monitored or in isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus

.

This figure is six times higher than that reported at the beginning of the year, when there were only 285 confirmed cases, and represents 8% of the total number of detainees in ICE facilities, which has 22,142 migrants in its custody. 

An agency official who spoke on condition of anonymity to CBS News said the increase was something to behold due to the highly contagious omicron variant, but stressed that migrants are required to be tested and quarantined when they enter. to detention centers. 

A detainee walks in a hallway during a media tour at an ICE detention center. Ted S. Warren / AP

Since the pandemic began, 32,266 migrants have tested positive amid criticism from advocates for overcrowded and unhygienic conditions in centers across the country. 

According to information collected by the Bloomberg news portal, the detention centers with the most positive cases are Karnes County in Texas, where 135 people have tested positive.

There are 95 confirmed cases in the center of La Palma, in Eloy, Arizona;

and 50 cases at the South Texas Family Center.

[A minor from El Salvador who crossed the border is only reunited with relatives thanks to a report by Noticias Telemundo]

Eunice Cho, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told CBS News that

"the number of people who are medically vulnerable in ICE custody is staggering,"

and invited the Administration chaired by Joe Biden to review his immigration detention criteria.

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According to reports not published by ICE but revealed by CBS News, 48,246 detainees have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and, as of January 5, 671 immigrants have received a booster dose. 

The status of those detainees who tested positive is unknown, as is the number of cases that are due to the omicron variant. 

[He is happy that his son was reunited with his family after crossing the border alone but sad that he is far away]

ICE, for its part, has said that it follows the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to mitigate the pandemic in the facilities. 

Migrants charged $1 a day to clean in detention centers.

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"Immigration and Customs Enforcement remains committed to implementing CDC guidance and providing vaccine education to ensure those in our care and custody are able to make an informed decision during the global pandemic," he said. it's a statement.

Source: telemundo

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