Trump Says His 60-Day Immigration Ban Will Only Apply To People Applying For Green Cards. But The Order Is Still "Being Written."
The policy announcement comes during a time when the immigration system has already slowed down significantly.
It was not immediately clear how the latest planned ban he tweeted about would be implemented.
"I cry every night, every day. I feel helpless. I don’t know what’s going on."
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The detailed accounts come in a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s sweeping policy that allows the government to deny permanent residency to immigrants who officials believe are likely to use public benefits.
"At this point we're just waiting to be next because the virus is passed so easily," one detainee told BuzzFeed News.
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"It's like being on the 1-yard line and suddenly there's a timeout that may last for months."
More than 160 have already been released by ICE in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus in detention facilities.
“I’m scared of getting sick. I don’t have any type of health insurance, anything to help me.”
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More than 38,000 immigrants are in ICE custody at US jails, and advocates fear conditions are ripe for mass infections and casualties.
A refugee advocate said the administration was “using” a public health crisis “to advance their long-standing goal of overturning US laws protecting vulnerable children."
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"The place I used to work at before is closed. I have no way to pay the rent, or food for my daughter,” he told BuzzFeed News while in self-isolation.
The children are among the first to test positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus outbreak started.
There have been four known use-of-force incidents this week at ICE facilities as fear and anxiety spreads among detainees over COVID-19.
The detainee has been held at a New Jersey facility, where last week local officials reported that a correctional officer had also tested positive.
He is the 10th immigrant to die ICE custody this year.
Delays were also reported in El Paso, the location of another court that hears similar cases.
A Staff Member At A Facility Housing Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Has Tested Positive For The Coronavirus
Two unaccompanied children have tested negative for COVID-19, while two others who have been tested are still awaiting results, an agency spokesperson said.
A Medical Worker At An ICE Detention Facility For Immigrants Has Tested Positive For The Coronavirus
The case appears to be the first of an ICE official contracting COVID-19 within a detention facility housing immigrants in the US.
The death is the ninth in ICE custody in the 2020 fiscal year and surpasses the number of deaths for the entire 2019 fiscal year when eight people died.
The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Prompted ICE To Delay Arresting Immigrants Who Aren't "Public Safety Risks"
The move comes after days of advocates and lawmakers calling for a drawback in ICE enforcement and detention.