Wednesday, March 25, 2020

First immigrant in ICE detention center tests positive for coronavirus


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It was a matter of time.  Justine Coleman on the Hill reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials yesterday announced that the first immigrant being held in an ICE detention center has tested positive for the coronavirus. ICE identified the patient as a 31-year-old Mexican national who is being held in Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, N.J.

ICE announced that no new inmates would come to the facility “until further information is available.” “The individual has been quarantined and is receiving care,” the release said. “Consistent with CDC guidelines, those who have come in contact with the individual have been cohorted and are being monitored for symptoms.”

Last Sunday, reported that a correctional officer at Bergen County Jail tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. The first positive case in ICE detention follows warnings from advocates, medical experts and former Department of Homeland Security officials to evacuate the centers of people vulnerable to the virus.


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