Buzzfeed: An ICE Detainee Who Was Released After Getting The Coronavirus Fears What’s Next: “This Has Hit My Whole Body”

“For weeks, immigrant advocates have pushed ICE to release certain immigrants with underlying medical issues from the facilities and to scale back arrests, saying detention facilities were ripe for mass infections and casualties. There are currently more than 38,000 immigrants in ICE custody within private and local jails. So far, the agency has not changed its detention practices in response to the pandemic.

“This experience underscores how unprepared ICE is for a pandemic of this magnitude and the harm ICE creates when it keeps people locked up in cages,” said his lawyer, Carolina Garcia, a staff attorney with the Bronx Defender. “Everyone in ICE needs to be released, immediately. This is a matter of life and death, and there is no time to wait.”

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