Saturday, March 28, 2020
Coronavirus News: Three Unaccompanied Immigrant Children In US Custody Have Tested Positive For The Coronavirus
Hamed Aleaziz for BuzzFeed reports that three unaccompanied immigrant children in the custody of a US refugee agency in New York have tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first such cases of immigrant children in government custody, according to a statement from an official with the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
“As of March 26, 2020, there have been three confirmed COVID-19 disease cases among UAC in one ORR care provider facility in New York,” the Office of Refugee Resettlement said in a statement. “At this time, ORR is suspending releases from New York care provider facilities. ORR’s medical team is working with the programs in New York and local health department to collect information and determine next steps.”
The agency, which is housed within the Department of Health and Human Services, oversees shelters across the country that hold unaccompanied immigrant children. These shelters then look to identify potential "sponsors" or family members in the US for permanent placement.