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Democrats seek to prohibit ICE transfers connected to break outs of COVID-19

Democrats seek to prohibit ICE transfers connected to break outs of COVID-19
Supporters and family members urged ICE to release detainees in front of GEO-run Aurora ICE Processing Center in Aurora, Colorado. April 9, 2020. Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images New legislation would prohibit ICE from transferring immigrants between facilities. In October, the US government admitted that detainee transfers have "contributed to outbreaks," according…

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Supporters and relative prompted ICE to release detainees in front of GEO-run Aurora ICE Processing Center in Aurora, Colorado. April 9,2020

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  • New legislation would prohibit ICE from moving immigrants between centers.
  • In October, the US government confessed that detainee transfers have “contributed to break outs,” according to an internal report obtained by BuzzFeed News
  • A minimum of 7,339 individuals apprehended by ICE have actually now tested favorable for the coronavirus, 8 of whom have actually passed away.
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The US Department of Homeland Security concedes that moving individuals in between immigration detention centers only assists the spread of COVID-19, however in the run-up to the November election, it increased such transfers and new arrests, detaining individuals who had previously been launched as part of an earlier effort to decrease inmate populations.

In October, DHS admitted that detainee transfers have “added to break outs,” according to an internal report obtained by BuzzFeed News

At least 7,339 individuals detained by Migration and Customs Enforcement have now checked favorable for the coronavirus, eight of whom have died, according to the company Now Democrats in Congress are seeking to halt a practice that has actually contributed to outbreaks across the country.

Rep. Jason Crow, a Democrat from Colorado, said he’s seen direct “how unnecessary detainee transfers between centers can increase the danger of COVID-19 direct exposure.”

The brand-new legislation, introduced by Crow and Reps. Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar, would prohibit transfers till the daily transmission rate in the United States is at or below 1 per 1.5 million individuals for 2 weeks (over the previous week, there has been an average of 105 new cases each day per 1.5 million individuals, according to the US Centers for Illness Control and Avoidance).

” If there are procedures we can take to avoid the spread of the virus and safeguard our health, we need to take them,” Crow said Friday.

Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate earlier this fall.

As of November 19, over 16,690 people are presently detained by ICE, down from a day-to-day average of more than 50,000 in 2019.

” ICE transfers are fatal and irresponsible,” Sarah Gardiner, policy director at Freedom for Immigrants, stated Friday.

ICE did not right away return an ask for comment.

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