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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has reversed its previous claim that it was “working with state and local health departments to ensure that the ICE detainee population is included in state vaccination plans,” following an Insider investigation that found the federal agency has no plan to vaccinate the almost 14,000 immigrants in its custody against COVID-19.

ICE told Insider in January that it was in “ongoing dialogues” with state and local health officials about vaccinations for detainees — but dozens of health departments said that wasn’t true.

Most states have not begun vaccinating detained immigrants. Several directed Insider back to ICE, suggesting that because of the absence of federal guidance, they do not have plans to do so.

Last week, ICE changed its initial story, saying instead that its parent agency — the Department of Homeland Security — shared “the number of vaccines required for detainees” with Operation Warp Speed, the partnership between the Department of Defense and Department of Health and Human Services that oversaw COVID-19 vaccination efforts under the Trump administration.

“Our communication to the states about the number of vaccines required for detainees was through DHS vaccine planners to Operation Warp Speed staff for them to incorporate the …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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