More than 2,200 migrants in immigration detention facilities across the country have been quarantined, according to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials.
In the past year, there have been 236 detainees with a confirmed or probable case of mumps, in addition to 16 people with suspected cases. In comparison, there were zero reported cases between January 2016 and February 2018.
Recent disease outbreaks have sparked concern from advocates about access to adequate medical care in immigration detention facilities.
The disease outbreaks come as more people than ever are being detained, with 50,049 people in immigration detention as of March 6, and the White House proposing in its 2020 budget to increase the number of immigration family detention beds.
When Danielle Jefferis showed up at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility in Aurora, Colorado, last weekend during visiting hours, she expected nothing more than a routine legal visit with a client.
Instead, Jefferis, an attorney at De Novo Legal and fellow at the University of Denver Civil Rights Clinic, was turned away by officers who told her her client couldn’t leave the pod because the facility was under quarantine.
There are currently 271 people quarantined at the facility, which houses almost 1300 detainees, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement spokesperson …read more
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