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Mexican Man Dies of COVID-19 a Month After Being Detained by ICE

HeadlineJul 14, 2020

In Florida, a 51-year-old Mexican man who was held in ICE custody in Florida has died after testing positive for COVID-19. Onoval Perez-Montufa was detained by ICE on June 15. More than 3,000 immigrants detained by ICE have tested positive for COVID-19, as have over 900 contractors working at privately owned immigration prisons.

In other immigration news, a federal judge said he would wait until next week to rule on whether immigrant parents jailed by ICE in family detention centers should be released in order to mitigate their exposure to COVID-19. The decision means ICE could begin to separate more than 300 children and parents starting Friday — the deadline set by a federal judge in California for ICE to release children from its three family detention centers, but not necessarily their parents. We’ll have more on this story after headlines.

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