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The US Department of Homeland Security concedes that moving people between immigration detention facilities only aids the spread of COVID-19, but in the run-up to the November election, it increased such transfers and new arrests, detaining people who had previously been released as part of an earlier effort to reduce inmate populations.

In October, DHS admitted that detainee transfers have “contributed to outbreaks,” according to an internal report obtained by BuzzFeed News.

At least 7,339 people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have now tested positive for the coronavirus, eight of whom have died, according to the agency. Now Democrats in Congress are looking to halt a practice that has contributed to outbreaks across the country.

Rep. Jason Crow, a Democrat from Colorado, said he’s seen firsthand “how unnecessary detainee transfers between facilities can increase the risk of COVID-19 exposure.” 

At least 130 people have contracted the virus at ICE’s Aurora Contract Detention Facility outside of Denver, with 39 currently in isolation. The facility is run by the for-profit prison company GEO, cases increasing there by 64% since September, The Denver Post reported; a GEO spokesperson said it is working to “implement best practices for the prevention, assessment, and …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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