Legal complaint for “catastrophic” coronavirus outbreak in detention center

Los Angeles, May 17 (EFE News) .- Coronavirus outbreak in detention center: Immigrant defense organizations filed a legal complaint on Mo...

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Los Angeles, May 17 (EFE News) .- Coronavirus outbreak in detention center: Immigrant defense organizations filed a legal complaint on Monday against the Administration of President Joe Biden for an outbreak of covid-19 in an immigrant detention center in Mississippi, which they describe as “catastrophic”. A group of 16 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), claim in the complaint that the outbreak at the Adams County Detention Center (ACDC) in Natchez, Mississippi, “is recklessly endangering the lives of hundreds of people.”

According to the latest statistics from the Immigration and Customs Control Service (ICE), that center currently registers 386 cases of covid-19 among undocumented persons held within its facilities and who are in the custody of federal authorities, a figure that is rising as this is the detention center with the largest number of cases.

No protection against coronavirus

“ACDC is not equipped to handle COVID-19 or protect us from contracting the virus“, Said the immigrant Khurtlyn Chin, recently transferred from the said detention center, in a statement collected in a statement released by SPLC. Until May 12, the date of the last accounting released by the Government, the undocumented in detention centers infected with the virus total 2,043, that is, almost double than a month ago. On April 14 there were 985 cases.

In the complaint, the groups stress that despite having the discretion to release the immigrants at any time, ICE has decided to maintain the arrests, and in Adams’s case, turn it into a short-term processing facility, giving way to the breakthrough contagion. “ICE is knowingly transmitting COVID-19 through facility transfers and even abroad with ongoing deportations,” said Lorena Quiroz, director of the Immigrant Alliance for Justice and Equity, one of the organizations that called on the White House for action.

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Immigrant advocates are urging the Department of the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) and the Office of the Inspector General to immediately investigate violations of ICE’s Pandemic Response Requirements and recommend cessation of transfers between centers. They are also calling for the closure of this place, leaving detained immigrants on probation so that they can safely quarantine themselves with their families. EFE News

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