REUTERS: Christian Mejia thought he had a shot at getting out of immigration detention in rural Louisiana after he’d found a lawyer to help him seek asylum.Then he was quarantined.In early January, a mumps outbreak at the privately-run Pine Prairie U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Processing Center put Mejia and hundreds of other detainees on lockdown. “When there is just one person who is sick, everybody pays,” Mejia, 19, said in a phone interview from the Pine Prairie center describing weeks without visits and access to the library and dining hall.His attorney wasn’t allowed in, but his immigration court case continued anyway – over a video conference line. On Feb. 12, the judge ordered Mejia deported back to Honduras.The number of people amassed in immigration detention under the Trump administration has reached record highs, raising concerns among migrant advocates about disease outbreaks and resulting quarantines that limit access to legal services.As of March 6, more than 50,000 migrants were in detention, according to ICE data.Internal emails reviewed by Reuters reveal the complications of managing outbreaks like the one at Pine Prairie, since immigrant detainees often are transferred around the country and infected people don’t necessarily show symptoms of viral… Read full this story
- No detention centers will come up, says Kerala CM after tabling anti-CAA resolution in Assembly
- CBP's Tweet That Santa Has Been 'Cleared For Entry' Into U.S. Met With Photos of Kids in Detention Center
- Medical Care For Immigrants Is Only Getting Worse At An ICE Detention Center, Advocates Say
- The 5 Most Notable Disease Outbreaks of 2019
- Disease Outbreaks From US Drinking Water Still Take Lives
- East Bay congressman says California limited in blocking Trump detention centers
- Concord migrant detention center won’t be built, Mark DeSaulnier says
- European money spawns more misery for migrants in Libya
- The flu shot saves lives. Why aren't migrants in US custody vaccinated?
- Chicken pox outbreak forces migrant shelter to shutter in northern Mexico
More than 2,000 migrants quarantined in US detention centers due to disease outbreaks have 321 words, post on www.channelnewsasia.com at March 10, 2019. This is cached page on VietMaz. If you want remove this page, please contact us.