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Coronavirus Fears Grow for Prisoners and Migrants in ICE Jails

HeadlineMar 18, 2020

A resident of a New York City homeless shelter tested positive for coronavirus, and an employee at Sing Sing prison north of New York City tested positive. In Colorado, 10 prisoners at the for-profit Aurora immigration detention center were put into quarantine over COVID-19 fears and are awaiting test results. This comes as the L.A. Times reports ICE agents equipped with protective masks continued to arrest immigrants in their homes in California Monday even as much of the state locked down. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is planning a broad crackdown on asylum seekers crossing the southern border. Under the emerging plan, Border Patrol agents would immediately return anyone to Mexico who crosses outside of official ports of entry — without due process. Mexico has 82 confirmed cases of COVID-19, compared to over 6,200 in the U.S.

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