Free people from ICE detention
No one should be locked up just for seeking safety
As the world responds to an unprecedented crisis unfolding from the COVID-19 pandemic, people locked up in U.S. immigration detention are at heightened risk of the deadly disease. Children and parents who came here seeking safety from violence and persecution were instead thrown behind bars, often in crowded conditions with inadequate hygiene and negligent medical care.
Urge Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence to free people—including all families—from ICE detention and protect them from COVID-19.
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Public health experts predict that unless ICE drastically reduces the numbers of detained immigrants in its care, anywhere from 72% to nearly 100% of individuals held in many ICE facilities could contract COVID-19 within three months, endangering those held and working in ICE detention and overwhelming hospital capacity.
Ask governors to urge ICE to free immigrants and asylum seekers:
Immigrants and asylum-seekers face grave risks including illness and even death if exposed to COVID-19 in immigration detention facilities — where rapid spread within crowded centers may occur. Many of them are at heightened risk of COVID-19 because of their age or serious medical needs. Conditions in immigration detention are well-documented to have substandard medical care, inadequate basic hygiene, and overcrowding.
The U.S. government is responsible for the health and safety of people in its custody. It must immediately release families and individuals in detention. and mitigate the risk of contracting COVID-19, illness, and death for them as well as facility staff. Many detained immigrants and asylum-seekers have long-standing family, faith, and other communities in the U.S. who could safely house them if they were released.