Still Detained and Denied-- The Health Crisis in Immigration Detention Continues   [open pdf - 854KB]

From the Document: "The unprecedented pandemic lays bare what we already know about medical care in detention facilities: it is grossly inadequate and puts the very lives of those held in captivity at risk. To protect the lives of people in immigration detention, as well as of those who work at the facilities and the larger community, ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] should immediately release everyone in its custody. Under normal circumstances, detention facilities cannot meet the basic medical needs of confined people, and too frequently those with more serious health problems needlessly suffer and, in some cases, die. Designed for security, not medical care, detention facilities cannot accommodate the social distancing and vigilant hygiene measures required to reduce the spread of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. Recent reports describe hunger strikes over conditions in facilities lacking basic necessities such as soap."

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