Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was known that the conditions in detention centers were not the best. Immigrants were still kept crammed in small rooms and were left exposed to the virus and lacked testing. Recently in an article posted by Immigration Impact, .”US. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) mishandled the coronavirus outbreak in detention centers so badly that it not only lead to horrific conditions and deaths among people in its custody, it is also responsible for the spread of COVID-19 in surrounding areas”. When individuals from detention centers were being transferred into different detention centers the transmission of covid-19 from one state to anther began to spread rapidly. ICE failed to test these individuals before transferring them over to different centers. ICE reported nearly 12,000 cases of covid-19 insides its facilities.
Unfortunately, since Biden administration cases of covid-19 in facilities have increased to a whopping 22,000 cases since May 2021 of this year. Individuals are hopeful that DHS begin the release of those in custody for the sake of everyone’s safety, not just those in custody but also for the communities and the officers.