ABSTRACT

Immigration Detention: Ice Efforts to Address COVID-19 in Detention Facilities, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Highlights: "Detention facilities can present a challenging environment to manage the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, including COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], within the Department of Homeland Security, is the lead federal agency responsible for providing safe, secure, and humane confinement for detained individuals of foreign nationality while they wait for resolution of their immigration cases, or removal from the United States. As of March 2021, ICE confirmed over 10,000 cases of COVID-19 among detainees within its detention facilities nationwide and recorded eight deaths. This report examines: (1) ICE's policies and procedures for responding to COVID-19 in immigration detention facilities and how they were implemented at select facilities; (2) ICE's mechanisms for conducting oversight of COVID-19 related health and safety measures; and (3) ICE's data on COVID-19 cases and identified high-risk health factors among detainees."

Report Number:
GAO-21-414
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Date:
2021-06
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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