California: Immigrant is turned over to ICE after fighting fires as inmate

An immigrant who fought the california wildfires while in prison was turned over to ICE when he was due to be released The man was transf...

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  • An immigrant who fought the california wildfires while in prison was turned over to ICE when he was due to be released
  • The man was transferred and is in an ICE detention center in Louisiana
  • The immigrant faces deportation to the country his family fled when he was just a baby

A 41-year-old immigrant, who fought the California wildfires while serving time in a California jail, was turned over to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when his release date arrived.

In a report by The Guardian The story of Kao Saelee was known, an immigrant born in Laos, an Asian country from which his family fled when he was just 2 years old.

Saelee told the reviewed outlet that on August 6 his sister was waiting for him outside the prison to pick him up since his release was scheduled that day, however, the guards did not allow him to see his family and handed him over to immigration agents. .

California: Immigrant is turned over to ICE after fighting fires as inmate

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A private security contractor shackled his hands, waist, and legs, put him in a van, and drove off.

Saelee was taken into ICE custody and was later transferred to a detention center in Louisiana.

“I paid my debt to society and I think I should have the opportunity to be with my family,” Saelee told The Guardian in a recent call from the Pine Prairie Ice jail.

“What is the point of sending someone back to a country where they have no family? I would go crazy with fear, “said the immigrant.

Saelee was serving a 22-year sentence for a robbery case as a teenager and had served the state of California as a firefighter while in prison.

The immigrant helped fight the 2018 and 2019 wildfires.

Kao Saelee had simple plans for her first days of freedom: swimming in a lake and having a barbecue with her family.
According to the immigrant, when he arrived in the United States, he found it difficult to fit in with his white peers because they frequently harassed him.

“His story is similar to that of many young refugees from Southeast Asia who were resettled in California neighborhoods that had really high rates of violence, poverty and incarceration,” said Anoop Prasad, staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus (ALC), who represents Saelee.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) partnered with ICE last month to make sure immigration officials could take care of people like Saelee from being released.

This year, the state has sent hundreds of people to ICE at the end of their prison sentences.

ICE reveals that more than 6,000 detainees have been infected with COVID-19 and 7 have died

More than 6,000 immigrants in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and held in detention centers in the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, according to the accounting kept by this federal agency until this Tuesday.

According to the ICE, since the arrival of the disease in the country, a total of 6 thousand 21 cases of COVID-19 have been registered in these facilities, a figure that includes six deaths.

But today’s count does not include the death of Mexican Cipriano Chávez Álvarez, who was held at the Immigrant Detention Center in Stewart, southwest Georgia, who died just last Monday of COVID-19.

With the death of the immigrant that occurred yesterday, the number of undocumented persons who die from the virus in that prison rises to three, the local forensic office confirmed to Efe.

On its website, ICE records only two deaths in the Stewart detention center, one more in the Glades County detention center, Florida; another in Otay Mesa, California, one more in Farmville, Virginia; and another in the immigration jail in Montgomery County, Texas.

ICE currently has 20 thousand 97 immigrants in its custody in the country’s detention centers, awaiting deportation proceedings.

The number of detainees has been falling gradually since, at the beginning of the pandemic, there were more than 35,000 undocumented persons in their custody.

The agency has applied 39,443 tests to the detainees, and there are currently 620 of them in isolation because they are being treated for the virus.

Currently the most affected centers are the Jackson Parish Correctional, in Louisiana, with 79 immigrants who are dealing with the disease, followed by a contagion of 58 detainees in the Adelanto jail in southern California.

Activists and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have initiated dozens of lawsuits demanding the release of high-risk detainees, and denouncing the poor sanitary conditions in the centers.

The ACLU said in a statement this Monday that the death of 61-year-old Cipriano Chávez Álvarez, the seventh immigrant to die from COVID-19, brings the number of people who die in ICE custody from various causes in fiscal year 2020 to 20. , which ends on September 30.

Also, the death makes this year the most lethal for people detained by the agency since fiscal year 2005, when 21 people died.

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