Vice: Immigrants Are Now on Hunger Strike in 3 ICE Detention Centers Over Coronavirus Fears

“Attorneys who represent detainees at the Hudson and Essex County facilities say inmates are reporting threats and intimidation by guards when they’re heard discussing conditions on the phone. Because detention centers across the country have already canceled in-person visits from family and attorneys as a precautionary measure, this means detainees are increasingly isolated and in the dark.

“I don’t see why we should take ICE at their word,” said Sophia Gurulé, an attorney with the Bronx Defenders. “It’s clear that their main interest is to erase people in their jails and obfuscate the truth from the American public.”

Thousands of doctors and hundreds of advocacy organizations have sent open letters to ICE this week demanding the agency release all detainees to protect them from the spread of the novel coronavirus.”

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