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

ICE reveals that more than 6,000 detainees have been infected with COVID-19 and 7 have died ICE currently has 20 thousand 97 immigrants i...

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  • ICE reveals that more than 6,000 detainees have been infected with COVID-19 and 7 have died
  • ICE currently has 20 thousand 97 immigrants in its custody
  • There are 620 detainees in isolation because they are being treated for the virus

ICE detainees infected with coronavirus. More than 6 thousand immigrants in custody of the Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) and held in detention centers in the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, 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.

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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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Fiscal year 2020 is the third deadliest in ICE’s 17-year history (28 people died in fiscal 2004).

The organization noted that since the pandemic began, it has filed more than 50 lawsuits against ICE detention facilities in various states, and that more than 525 people have been released thanks to those lawsuits.

Immigration cases referred to federal prosecutors remain low

Two agencies of the Department of Homeland Security -Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs (ICE) – have been responsible for the largest number of immigration cases referred to federal prosecutors in the United States, until the arrival of the coronavirus caused a drastic decrease, the independent center Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) of Syracuse University (New York) reported on Tuesday.

Although judicial processes have recovered in most of the federal prosecutors of the country to the level they had before the scourge of the pandemic, this is not the case in matters related to immigration. Prosecutors are receiving few referrals from CBP, which is largely responsible for arresting immigrants for their illegal entry and re-entry into the country along the border with Mexico.

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Historically, this federal agency has represented most of the immigration processes that reach the prosecutor’s offices, but that changed with COVID-19 after the Administration of President Donald Trump launched a policy to quickly deport those who try to enter the country illegally. country, highlights the TRAC report.

When the pandemic broke out, the Trump administration launched the application at the border of the rules of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under which all people detained for having crossed the border, including minors , they are deported immediately.

“The decline in CBP’s immigration referrals to federal prosecutors, therefore, appears to be driven, at least partially, by a policy change within the Administration that prioritizes deportation over prosecution,” he says in his report. .

It highlights that without the immigration cases, the volume of federal processes filed in the vast majority of prosecutors’ offices is occurring at rates similar to those prevailing before the pandemic hit and the closure of federal offices in mid-March.

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According to TRAC, the recovery in 14 of the 90 federal judicial districts in the country has not yet reached the pre-pandemic level, and that list includes the Southern districts of New York in Manhattan, South Florida, South Texas ( Houston) and Northern California, in San Francisco.

But while these districts are home to large metropolitan areas, other large city districts such as the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago) have largely recovered, the report warns.

Additionally, federal court cases in some more rural districts of the country, such as Maine and Vermont, have also been slow to recover.

The findings are based on an analysis of the Justice Department’s case-by-case records, updated through August 2020, obtained by TRAC following litigation under the Freedom of Information Act.

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