Amsterdam News: Five medically vulnerable immigrants are released from ICE detention, but thousands still detained during pandemic

“Many attorneys and legal offices continue demanding that all immigrants be released. Releasing people from immigration detention can protect their lives, the lives of staff, and public health. A growing number of courts around the country have ordered the immediate release of medically vulnerable individuals. Courts are recognizing both the enormous risk of harm that COVID-19 creates as well as ICE’s failure to sufficiently decrease the risk of harm.

Suchita Mathur, federal practice attorney with The Bronx Defenders’ Immigration team says, “We’re grateful to see the courts step in and help ensure that the most vulnerable people in detention get the relief they need. These decisions can be life-saving for the individuals impacted and their communities, and we will continue fighting to ensure as many people are released as possible.”

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