Chicago group seeks detained immigrants' release in pandemic

Posted at 6:51 PM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-14 19:51:31-04

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago advocacy group is working to get dozens of high-risk immigrant detainees nationwide released during the coronavirus outbreak.

The National Immigrant Justice Center's efforts come as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has faced growing criticism from members of Congress, lawyers and activists who say the agency hasn’t done enough to curb the virus. More than half the detainees at a southern Illinois facility have COVID-19.

Nationally, there have been roughly 1,800 COVID-19 cases of ICE detainees and two deaths. ICE says it has taken protective measures, but detainees and activists say they're applied unevenly and don't go far enough.

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