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Hotbeds of Infection: How ICE Detention Contributed to the Spread of COVID-19 in the United States   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, the virus has devastated communities around the world. The United States has seen more than twelve million confirmed cases at the time of writing this report, the highest in the world. The U.S. response to the deadly virus continues to be an example of what not to do, largely ignoring the advice of public health professionals and other experts, doing little to stop the spread of infection, and displaying a callous disregard for the safety and health of its residents. The results have been both tragic and predictable. [...] The response of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the pandemic also played a role in the spread of COVID-19. The U.S. immigration detention system, operated by ICE, has a well-documented history of medically negligent and abhorrent conditions. Experts have long condemned the agency for violating international norms and placing the health and welfare of detained people at risk. Despite the overwhelming evidence, the restrictive and punitive detention system has continued to grow over the last several decades. While these defects and steady growth of the system predate 2016, the Trump administration further expanded the detention system, promoted punitiveness, and degraded health and safety conditions. In this context, it is not surprising that ICE detention facilities have been uniquely vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, with an infection rate that far outweighs the infection rate among the population."

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2020-12
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2020 Detention Watch Network
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